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We're thrilled to introduce you to your new favorite cocktail - the Sicario de mi Dolor: a cocktail that soothes the soul and kills the pain, one tantalizing sip at a time! This Painkiller Riff is a compelling blend of smoky Mezcal, sweet orange, and pineapple juices, rounded off with a hint of Toasted Coconut Syrup from our friends at Liber & Co.
Grab your Hybrid Cocktail Gear and a few simple ingredients, and let's set the weekend vibe right.
(Originally published 8/18/23)
2 oz. Mezcal
2 oz. Pineapple juice
¾ oz. Orange juice
¾ oz. Toasted Coconut Syrup (we used Liber & Co.)
Mint sprig (for garnish)
Orange wheel (for garnish)
Fresh nutmeg (for garnish)
"Sicario de mi Dolor" translates to "Assassin of my Pain" - a befitting title for a unique spin on a beverage that was originally hailed for its ability to kill your pain.
The original Painkiller cocktail was conceived at the Soggy Dollar Bar, nestled on the tranquil White Bay of Jost Van Dyke island in the British Virgin Islands. The bar earned its unique name due to its initial lack of road or dock access, forcing boaters to anchor offshore and swim to the bar. This unusual approach led to customers paying for their drinks with wet money. In response, the bar set up a dedicated clothesline behind the bar, where the soggy dollars could be hung out to dry, further adding to its charm and leading to its unique name.
Daphne Henderson, who acquired the Soggy Dollar Bar in 1980, is widely recognized for creating the Painkiller cocktail in the early 1980s. Nevertheless, the original proprietors, George and Marie Myrick, assert that they initially concocted the beverage in the early '70s, shortly after the bar's inception.
In the 1980s, Pusser's, a British Navy rum company, stirred controversy by trademarking the "Painkiller" cocktail name, claiming it was given the original recipe by Soggy Dollar's Daphne Henderson. They insisted that any "Painkiller" cocktail must use Pusser's rum, causing industry friction and taking legal action against bars not adhering to this stipulation.
Who knew you could trademark a cocktail?!?
The Soggy Dollar Bar, a popular tourist destination in the British Virgin Islands, was battered by hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017. The bar was destroyed, and its owners were forced to close but reopened on New Year's Eve that same year. Today, it remains open and still serves Painkillers, its signature cocktail.