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Tropical Painkiller

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This fun and fruity Tropical Painkiller cocktail with dark rum, coconut milk, orange juice, and pineapple juice tastes like a Caribbean getaway in a glass!

Looking for more fruity rum drinks? Check out the Tropical Rum Drinks page!

A creamy cocktail in an ice filled glass garnished with a pineapple wedge and cherry.

What – A – Day!! Keep reading and you will see why I needed a Tropical Painkiller! I woke up this morning, walked out into the kitchen to get Arlo his dental bone and caught a dark spot on the wall out of the corner of my eye. Hmmmm, what could that be? A moth? So I put on my glasses {they’re for distance} and HOLY CRAP, there is a huge scorpion on the wall above the refrigerator!!!!

Everyone knows that Arizona has scorpions, they has been warning me about them since I got here….but now there is one here in my kitchen!!!

Large scorpion on a wall.

I posted the picture on facebook and the suggestions starting coming in on how to kill this thing….but they all required me to get close to it!! I stared at it for 8 hours or so, pacing around trying to get up the courage to get close enough to actually do something…..

scorpion on the wall above the refrigerator.

So I put the vacuum up on the counter next to the stove and I climbed up a step ladder to get up high enough to reach with the extension wand…and then I squealed like a teenage girl the entire time I was sucking it up into the vacuum!!

Scorpion in a vacuum canister.

I took the canister off the vacuum, taped up the hole with packing tape and left it outside until the bug guy gets here tomorrow to spray…again…and now he also gets to make this evil scorpion go away….BREATHE……and make a cocktail!

I obviously wanted to make a Scorpion cocktail, but I did not have all of the ingredients. I decided to create a Tropical Painkiller instead!

How to make a Tropical Painkiller Cocktail:

Fill cocktail shaker about half full with ice cubes. Add all ingredients, seal and shake.

Painkiller ingredients in a cocktail shaker.

Pour into a small cocktail glass filled with ice and serve.

Two creamy cocktails in an ice filled glasses garnished with a pineapple wedge and cherry, with a pineapple and orange in the background.

Now kick back, relax, and most importantly, forget that today ever happened!!

Tropical Painkiller history:

The original Painkiller was created in the 1970s by Daphne Henderson at the Soggy Dollar Bar at White Bay on the island of Jost Van Dyke in the British Virgin Islands.

The official recipe was created using varying amounts of Prusser’s Rum, pineapple juice, orange juice, coconut cream and nutmeg. I did not know anything about their cocktail when I created mine, which is why the ingredient amounts are totally different.

Recipe Notes & Tips:

  • I used canned coconut milk/cream, but it created a weird mouth feel. Next time I will use coconut milk in a box {like Silk in the refrigerator section}.
  • The sweeter your oranges and pineapple are, the sweeter your drink will be.
  • This drink is not as strong as it sounds, but still drink responsibly.

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Enjoy!!

A creamy cocktail in an ice filled glass garnished with a pineapple wedge and cherry.

Tropical Painkiller

Tropical Painkiller cocktail with dark rum, coconut milk, orange juice, and pineapple juice tastes like a Caribbean getaway in a glass!
4.43 from 14 votes
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Caribbbean
Keyword: fruity rum cocktail
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 Serving
Calories: 298kcal
Author: Lisa Johnson

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces Pusser’s Dark Rum or Meyers’s if you can’t find it
  • 1.5 ounces coconut milk box
  • 3 ounces orange juice
  • 3 ounces pineapple juice
  • pineapple wedge and cherry to garnish if desired

Instructions

  • Fill cocktail shaker about half full with ice cubes.
  • Add all ingredients, seal and shake.
  • Pour into a small cocktail glass filled with ice and serve.

Notes

  • I used canned coconut milk/cream, but it created a weird mouth feel. Next time I will use coconut milk in a box {like Silk in the refrigerator section}.
  • The sweeter your oranges and pineapple are, the sweeter your drink will be.
  • This drink is not as strong as it sounds, but still drink responsibly.

Nutrition

Calories: 298kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Sodium: 8mg | Potassium: 374mg | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 170IU | Vitamin C: 51.1mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 1.7mg

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11 Comments

  1. The whole time I was reading this, I kept thinking “she should have made a scorpion!” Hopefully you never have a scorpion again, but if so you’ll know that is a drink choice. In the meantime, this looks delicious!!!

  2. Oh my gosh, I would die if I saw one of those in my house!! I would love it if you would link this up to Tipsy Tuesday at Grey is the New Black – a weekly cocktail linkup!

  3. I used bottled organic coconut milk and coconut rum. Yum! My son just moved to Arizona, can’t wait to visit, but not looking forward to the scorpions! Thanks for the great recipe! And the scorpion removal tip!

  4. Scorpions are one thing I definitely don’t miss about living in Arizona! We would go out with black lights and a hammer all the time to get rid of them before they made it into the house. Glad you found him and not the other way around:) Thanks for sharing this with us at the Home Matters Link Party, hope to see you again next week:) #HomeMattersParty

    1. I am very glad it was on the wall and not in the bed or the sofa, then I would have had to burn the house down!! Thanks so much for the awesome party. 🙂

      1. That sounds good but any suggestions for someone that is allergic to tree nuts all of them I can’t even use lotions that have coconut shampoo and conditioner any advice if what I can substitute would be beneficial and greatly appreciate it thank you and God bless

  5. We lived in the East Valley of Phoenix for 11 years. Scorpions became a common occurrence no matter how clean everything was or how often the big guy came. (Sorry) that’s a tricky spot over the fridge, but for future reference- I always had that bee spray that you could spray from 10 feet away. I would spray it to slow it down and have a shoe in the other hand. Then after it was sprayed I would demolish it with a shoe (smooth sole). The spray would slow down or kill babies too that may be on the momma (yes this happened as well).

    We now live in the AZ mountains and deal with centipedes. Those suckers don’t die and when you smash them they spring to life again and keep going. I didn’t think I could encounter anything as evil as a scorpion until I met a centipede…

  6. I feel your pain about the scorpions. I live in Alabama and never thought I would see them here. One night I laid down in the bed and looked up, one was crawling on the ceiling. I’ve even found them in the sink. And yes a drink is definitely a good way to forget about them.

  7. I didn’t have a bad day, but it is Monday after all so I decided I’d plan ahead should tomorrow prove to be trip me up so I mad it tonight. I must say, this could be my go-to cocktail.

    You are also a brave woman.

    Nina

  8. Thanks for making a Painkiller!
    This is one of our trademarked drinks, so if you want to call it a Painkiller, it must be made with Pusser’s Rum. Thanks for understanding 🙂

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