Sailing Icons: The Painkiller

No afternoon at October’s U.S. Sailboat Show in Annapolis is complete without at least one of those delicious rum drinks called a Painkiller. Indeed, the Annapolis show and the Painkiller are inextricably entwined in the minds of regular showgoers.
Author:
Publish date:
Painkiller

No afternoon at October’s U.S. Sailboat Show in Annapolis is complete without at least one of those delicious rum drinks called a Painkiller. Indeed, the Annapolis show and the Painkiller are inextricably entwined in the minds of regular showgoers. That milky blend of pineapple juice, cream of coconut, orange juice and dark Pusser’s rum is hard to beat after a hard day’s boat-shopping. You can buy one at the bar in the Pusser’s restaurant on the ground floor of the Marriott hotel, but they’re best when served from one of the temporary bars just outside and enjoyed while sauntering along the docks. I suspect the drink has much to do with the good mood that prevails at the show.

This classic sailor’s tipple was born at the Soggy Dollar Bar on Jost van Dyke in the BVI, where, back in the 1970s, Pusser’s owner Charles Tobias was a regular customer. Owner Daphne Henderson refused to divulge her secret recipe for her renowned Painkiller mix, and after much experimentation Tobias came up with one containing four parts pineapple, one0 part cream of coconut, one part orange juice. He bet Henderson $100 that his mix tasted better, and assorted drinkers at the bar backed him up. Add a shake of grated nutmeg and the requisite amount of rum—a #2 equals two parts Pusser’s, and so on up to #4—and you’re all set.

Related

Before-and-after-1_silo

Know How: Cleaning Stainless

Without a doubt, the best way to “clean” stainless steel parts is to have them electropolished. Electropolishing is an electrochemical process that cleans the stainless and removes any surface iron particles, leaving a shiny and far more rust-resistant surface. The downsides of ...read more

catstory

Cruising: Sailing With a Young Family

The dark is alive when you are surrounded by water. Black is tinted blue and silver, and sky meets surf with electricity and the lapping sounds of silence. Inside our 36ft catamaran, moored off Cooper Island in the BVI, the raw nature outside, just now settling down from a late ...read more

IslandPacket349

Boat Review: Island Packet 349

After years of quiescence in the wake of the Great Recession, iconic Island Packet is back with its new 349, a re-boot of the old Estero that not only looks great, but takes the Island Packet style of sailing performance to a new level. Design & Construction First among the many ...read more

190219NEEL51

Video Tour: Neel 51 Trimaran

At this past fall’s Annapolis Boat Show, SAIL magazine had a chance to corner Neel Trimarans founder Eric Bruneel and have him give us a tour of the accommodations aboard the new Neel 51, winner of the “Multihull over 50ft” category in the 2019 Best Boats contest. For a complete ...read more

IMG_0173

Electronic “Flares” for Cruisers

The United States Coast Guard requires that all boats operating in coastal waters or on the high seas carry a selection of visual distress signals. Almost invariably, such signals include the pyrotechnic type, either handheld or fired from a flare pistol, but surely there are ...read more

M2-HOOK-TOP-AND-CHAIN-1

Gear: M2 Chain Hook from Mantus

Stay Hooked Chain hooks on anchor snubber lines tend to fall off when you least want them to. Not so this latest example from Mantus. The M2 Chain Hook is secured to the chain by a simple elastic strap, so it won’t come off when the snubber loosens. Made from corrosion-resistant ...read more