Today's cocktail is a Tropical oasis in a glass, numbing worries with each sip.

19 days ago

Picture yourself lounging on a pristine sandy beach, the warm sun caressing your skin, and the gentle sound of waves lapping at the shore. Now, imagine a refreshing, colorful cocktail in your hand, completing this idyllic scene. Summer beach cocktails have long been a staple of coastal getaways and tropical vacations, offering a delightful respite from the heat and a taste of paradise in every sip.

From the classic Painkiller to the new and zesty Ranch Water, these iconic drinks have a rich history that is deeply intertwined with the cultures and landscapes of the places they originated. Each cocktail tells a story of creativity, innovation, and the human spirit's unquenchable thirst for refreshment and relaxation.

Join me every Wednesday in June and we will embark on a fascinating journey through the history of summer beach cocktails, exploring their origins, the legends surrounding their creation, and the ways in which they have evolved over time.

Along the way, we'll meet the colorful characters and innovative bartenders who have left their mark on the world of tropical mixology, from the tiki bar pioneers of the 1930s to the modern-day masters of the craft. We'll also explore the cultural and social significance of these drinks, and how they have come to embody the very essence of summer leisure and relaxation.

So, Whether you're a seasoned cocktail enthusiast or simply someone who appreciates a good drink on a hot day, this article will transport you to a world of sun, sand, and endless summer sipping. 

This weeks COTW is The Painkiller

The Painkiller is a tropical cocktail that has become synonymous with Caribbean beach bars and tiki culture. Its origins can be traced back to the 1970s, when it was first created at the Soggy Dollar Bar on the island of Jost Van Dyke in the British Virgin Islands.

According to legend, the Painkiller was invented by Daphne Henderson, the owner of the Soggy Dollar Bar. The bar got its name because patrons would swim up to the beach and pay for their drinks with wet money since the beach still to this day does not have a dock. Henderson wanted to create a signature drink that would capture the essence of the Caribbean and provide a refreshing escape from the heat.

The original Painkiller recipe called for Pusser's Navy Rum, a traditional British Navy rum that was first produced in 1655. The rum was combined with pineapple juice, orange juice, cream of coconut, and freshly grated nutmeg to create a sweet and spicy cocktail that quickly became a hit with locals and tourists alike.




Serve the Painkiller immediately and enjoy the tropical flavors of the Caribbean.

As the Painkiller's popularity grew, it began to spread beyond the shores of Jost Van Dyke. Tiki bars and tropical-themed restaurants around the world started serving their own versions of the cocktail, each with slight variations on the original recipe.

In the 1980s, Pusser's Rum trademarked the Painkiller name and recipe, which led to some controversy in the bartending community. Many argued that the cocktail had become a generic term and that no single company should have the right to own it. Despite the legal battles, the Painkiller remains a beloved tropical cocktail and a staple of tiki culture.

Today, you can find Painkillers on the menu at beach bars and tiki lounges around the world, each offering their own unique twist on the classic recipe. Some variations include adding different types of rum, using fresh coconut water instead of cream of coconut, or incorporating additional spices like cinnamon or allspice.

As you sip your Painkiller, imagine yourself transported to a sandy Caribbean beach, with the sound of the waves crashing in the distance and the warm sun on your skin. This cocktail is the ultimate escape from the stresses of everyday life, a true taste of paradise in a glass.

As always I am open to hear your take and your input. You can reach me at [email protected]

Brian Certain

Published 19 days ago