by Matt Robold on July 16, 2009

from Jeff “Beachbum” Berry’s Grog Log

4 oz Pusser’s Rum
4 oz Pineapple Juice
1 oz Coconut Cream
1 oz Orange Juice
8 oz Crushed Ice

Mix all ingredients in a blender and blend for approximately 3 seconds.  Serve in a tiki mug and dust with nutmeg, cinnamon, or both.

I know that one or two people out there are hoping for a write-up of what went on at Drink.Write and Tales of the Cocktail.  I have some thoughts and notes jotted down in my notebooks and I have a draft of a post awaiting approval over at TalesBlog.  These things will come.

Anyone who knows me personally (or follows me on Twitter for that matter) is aware of the fact that my back is a tad, well, sketchy.  I injured it a number of years ago while helping my brother move and it’s been prone to “tweaking” ever since.  On most days I have no issues with my back, but I’ve thrown out my back doing anything from slipping on a wet floor to lifting something that was too heavy to (and this is the truth) sneezing.  Such is the life I lead.

The day before I left for New Orleans and my duet of conferences, I attended the wedding of some very good friends of mine.  It was a happy day.  It was a gorgeous day.  It was a day in which I tweaked my back rather severely and ended up on the floor for about 5 or 6 hours before flying out to spend a week in New Orleans.

I normally treat my back by taking ibuprofen all day and occasionally a muscle relaxant at night before bed if it’s particularly bad.  Wouldn’t you know it?  Alcohol can help relax your muscles and help you forget about pain as well!  So this rather appropriately named drink has been something of a staple for me since my return to sunny Southern California.

The painkiller is a drink that specifically calls its rum.  Technically you can’t make one unless you’re using Pusser’s Navy Rum.  Pusser’s is a delightful rum based on the rum used by the British Navy until July 31, 1970.  It has a great funk to it and really comes through in drinks (it makes an awesome Mai Tai).

Of course, I have one or two rums to choose from at home, so I’ve been trying different rums in my painkillers all week.  Contrary to what Pusser’s might tell you, there are some other rums that work wonderfully in a Painkiller.  My personal favorite substitute is Scarlet Ibis out of Trinidad.  Rick over at KaiserPenguin also suggests that you can create a good experience by mixing several rums instead of a single subsitution.

If you’re feeling adventurous or can’t find any coconut cream, you can also dabble a bit in this area.  Blair Reynolds at TraderTiki has a great recipe for making your own coconut cream that looks fun, fascinating, and fantastically messy.  I’ve also been toying with using other creams and adding coconut extract (heavy cream and coconut extract can work with the right proportions – or so I’ve been told).  Last night I even took it a step further (too far?) and used El Dorado Rum Cream and coconut extract in the place of the coconut cream.  I can assure you that by the end of that mug, my back and I were best friends again.

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