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Had My First (real) Painkiller The Other Night, And Wow!
Colin
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Posted: 2015-04-04 04:48 am   Permalink

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On 2011-10-23 23:14, Chuck Tatum is Tiki wrote:
Kraken Spiced rum is really good in a Painkiller.
I call it a "Kraken Killer" have served it at many of my soirée.

Make it just like the the "Bums" recipe but use 2 oz. Kraken Rum & 1 oz. of Cruzan Coconut Rum
be sure to dust with nutmeg!!!



Ever since I had a bad reaction to Vicodin 15 years ago when I broke my ankle, the only painkillers I go for are of the liquid variety. It truly is one of my favorite rum drinks. It's the one, even more than mai tais, I use to convert non-rum-a-holics to the fold.

I have tried so many rums but I think the one that was most perfect was the time I made it with Kraken. (The Cruzan coconut sounds like a great addition.) That bottle went fast, and I need to pick some more up. Tellingly, the bottle of Pusser's I bought for the drink remains 3/4-filled, even two years later.

I don't mean to disparage the original spirit. It worked fine, but that is more testament that the recipe for a Painkiller can't be messed up more than the rum itself. Pusser's created the least appealing Painkiller I've tried. I just don't like that noticeable funk in this recipe. I appreciate its role in the creation, however. It's like Jeff Buckley covering "Hallelujah." Even though his vocal is more intoxicating to me, I still appreciate Leonard Cohen as the greatest songwriter of all time. The mere creation of the Painkiller is in itself noble.

One of the things I love is that you can self-prescribe your dose, like choosing to take two, three or four ibuprofen (or oxycontin, if that's your thing!) The one thing I diverge on that I haven't seen in many recipes is that I like the spice to permeate the drink rather than to reside as mere garnish. i throw a good amount of cinnamon and freshly grated nutmeg into the drink, as well as using it as garnish. As far as the rum goes, I've used many, all to good effect. But the one that guests like most seems to be the very economical Whaler's. My best friend says my Painkiller with Whaler's is her favorite cocktail ever.

Here's what I do:
--Fill a mason jar with crushed ice.
--Add 2.5-3 oz. rum of your choice (Kraken, Whaler's or Coruba recommended)
--Add 1.25 oz. fresh Valencia orange juice, strained (not that insipid Navel orange, if you can avoid it).
--Add 3 oz. fresh or canned pineapple juice and 1 heaping oz. of coconut creme (I think Trader Vic's coco-creme syrup is easier to work with than Coco Lopez if you have access; Coco Real also works OK.)
--Add a few dashes of ground cinnamon and a good strong grating of fresh nutmeg.
--Place top on jar, shake for dear life.
--Remove top, add more cinnamon and grated nutmeg, along with straw.
--Let your pain be killed.



 
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NuiNui
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Posted: 2015-05-06 6:06 pm   Permalink

Is there any merit to using whole pineapple chunks instead of juice in a PK and a PC?

 
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Atomic Tiki Punk
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Posted: 2015-05-06 9:01 pm   Permalink

NO, absolutely none!
Juice is what is called for.


 
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AceExplorer
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Posted: 2015-05-07 08:35 am   Permalink

Nui Nui - ATP is right, juice is called for in the drink. But you could drop a couple fresh pineapple chunks into the drink with the ice and I think it would have a minuscule impact on the drink. It wouldn't be a "real" Painkiller from a purely technical sense, but what the hell... After you've had 3 or 4 it probably won't matter to you, right?
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wupput
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Posted: 2015-05-08 7:40 pm   Permalink

This thread inspired me to make a Painkiller tonight a little different than I have been. I left the Pussers on the shelf and went with 1 oz Kraken, 1 oz Coruba. Then inspiration struck and I threw in about half an oz of Smith & Cross too for some extra heat and funk.... Mmmmm sooo good..... all pain killed!!

 
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mikehooker
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Posted: 2015-08-15 5:56 pm   Permalink

I'd never tried a Painkiller with anything but Pussers before so decided to take the advise of others here and mix it with Kraken. I think it works quite well and I certainly enjoyed it, but in a head to head comparison I don't feel it's any better or worse than one with Pussers. Not sure if I will give it a go with Smith & Cross tonight since I'm in the middle of a 30 day mai tai challenge and have already been derailed enough but I definitely look forward to trying that as I know it will take the drink to another level.




PS - I usually make painkillers at parties in big batches in a blender. Tonight I shook 'em and both drinks got better about halfway through as a bit of dilution took place. It seems like the general consensus is that it's better to shake, but I think blending it gets enough of the ice melted from the get go so it's better from the start. Encourages drinking faster, which could be a good thing or a bad thing.

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PalmtreePat
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Posted: 2015-08-15 6:52 pm   Permalink

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On 2015-03-24 13:39, mattchicago wrote:
About a month ago, I had house-guests who weren't accustomed to Tiki drinks. I handed them a printed menu from Chicago's Three Dots & a Dash (a bartender gave it to me a while ago, because I bought a bunch of mugs, and as I'm a good tipper!), and said "I can make almost everything on here."




Do you have a recipe for their Painkiller No. 639? I'm not a fan of the traditional painkiller (I prefer drinks that have a sour element to them), so the mention of lemon on the menu caught my interest. Unfortunately I live on the other side of the country from chicago and as far as I know they don't have a recipe book out, so making it at home is my only way to get a taste.


 
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mikehooker
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Posted: 2015-09-11 10:53 pm   Permalink

It may seem blasphemous, but chain restaurant Cheddars makes a decent Painkiller. It's not particularly strong considering how big it is but they use Pussers and for 6 bucks you can't really go wrong. I really dig the honey dipped rim with toasted coconut stuck to it. A trick I need to adopt at home.




 
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davidphantomatic
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Posted: 2015-10-24 10:29 pm   Permalink

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On 2015-09-11 22:53, mikehooker wrote:
It may seem blasphemous, but chain restaurant Cheddars makes a decent Painkiller. It's not particularly strong considering how big it is but they use Pussers and for 6 bucks you can't really go wrong. I really dig the honey dipped rim with toasted coconut stuck to it. A trick I need to adopt at home.





I don't think it's too bad either, but it could definitely use another shot or two of Pusser's.
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Posted: 2015-10-25 08:17 am   Permalink

You'll have to bring an ounce of two from home. It will be our little secret!

 
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Posted: 2017-10-19 5:20 pm   Permalink

The best Painkiller I've had, hands down, was at Three Dots and a Dash.
Their pandan syrup gives the drink an incredible flavor!
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mmaurice
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Posted: 29 days ago; 5:31 pm   Permalink

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On 2017-10-19 17:20, davidphantomatic wrote:
The best Painkiller I've had, hands down, was at Three Dots and a Dash.
Their pandan syrup gives the drink an incredible flavor!




I agree 100%. . . I started putting 1/2oz Vanilla syrup in and dialed back the pineapple to 3oz which gives it a very similar flavor.

1 Coconut Creame
1/2 Vanilla Syrup
3 Pineapple
1 OJ
1 Plantation 5
3/4 Smith & Cross


 
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davidphantomatic
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Posted: 24 days ago; 06:19 am   Permalink

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On 2017-10-23 17:31, mmaurice wrote:
Quote:

On 2017-10-19 17:20, davidphantomatic wrote:
The best Painkiller I've had, hands down, was at Three Dots and a Dash.
Their pandan syrup gives the drink an incredible flavor!




I agree 100%. . . I started putting 1/2oz Vanilla syrup in and dialed back the pineapple to 3oz which gives it a very similar flavor.

1 Coconut Creame
1/2 Vanilla Syrup
3 Pineapple
1 OJ
1 Plantation 5
3/4 Smith & Cross


Nice! I’ll have to give that a shot.


 
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