PainKiller cocktail







This is the time of year when pineapples are at their most flavourful and found in most grocery stores. This is the perfect cocktail to take advantage of pineapple’s sweet juice, which blends with other wonderful tropical flavours of rum, orange and coconut.

The Painkiller cocktail came from the Soggy Dollar Bar on the British Virgin Islands. Its creator never gave up the exact recipe so people have had to develop their own variations. Here’s mine!



2 oz Brugal Anejo Rum

2 oz pineapple juice

2/3 oz orange juice

2/3 oz coconut cream

Pineapple wedge and leaf to garnish


Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously. Give it a few extra shakes than usual to ensure the coconut cream is well mixed in with the other ingredients. Strain into a tall glass filled with ice. Place a wedge of pineapple on the rim and include a washed pineapple leaf if desired.


Use fresh juice for the best flavour. When shopping for a pineapple, choose one that’s almost completely yellow from the bottom up. These are the ripest and will have the best flavour.

Atlantic Breeze

Atlantic Breeze

Atlantic Breeze

I like to pick up drink recipes during tropical vacations. The Atlantic Breeze, which I came across while visiting the Cayman Islands, is refreshing enough to make you feel like you’re on vacation even when you aren’t. The flavours start with sweet vanilla, followed by light apricot, pineapple, tart lemon and dry aged rum.


1 1/2 oz Brugal Anejo Rum

1/2 oz Bols Apricot Brandy liqueur

2 1/2 oz Pineapple juice

1/2 oz Lemon juice

1/4 oz Galliano Liqueur

Garnish with an orange wheel


Pour all ingredients except the Galliano into a tall glass filled with ice. Stir and then float the Galliano on top. Garnish with an orange wheel and enjoy.


This drink is a breeze to make. Floating the Galliano on top allows the rich aroma and sweet flavour of vanilla to be the first to reach your senses.



Weekends are what many of us count down to each week — the few days we take for ourselves and relax. To help you chill out, try this fruity-sweet cocktail full of tropical notes of coconut, banana, and orange.

May you have a great weekend!


2 oz. Cruzan coconut rum

1 oz. Brugal Anejo rum

1 oz. Bols banana liqueur

3 oz. orange juice

Ginger ale

Swirl of grenadine


Pour rums, liqueur and grenadine into a tall glass filled with ice. Add orange juice and top with ginger ale. Carefully stir and garnish with any tropical garnish, or a cocktail umbrella.


If you’re serving a few people, make up a pitcher so you can relax instead of constantly preparing more drinks.

Pour all the ingredients except ginger ale into a pitcher. When someone needs a refill, stir the pitcher and pour into glass with ice, then top with ginger ale.



Space has long captured our imagination and has been a driving force in bringing the world together. That combination has helped lead to the International Space Station and its first Canadian commander, astronaut Chris Hadfield. In honour of the spirit of collaboration, this week’s feature is a mix of Canadian prairie wheat vodka, sugar cane rum, zesty lemon, and sweet passion fruit. So shake up this cocktail, lie back and relax staring at the stars.


½ oz Banff Ice Vodka

½ oz white rum

½ oz lemon juice

dash of passion fruit juice

Garnish with a lemon wedge


Pour all ingredients into a shaker glass and shake well. Strain in a small glass with new ice. Place lemon wedge garnish.


Hadfield is bringing the experience of being an astronaut to us all. Follow Chris Hadfield on Twitter @Cmdr_Hadfield



Bossa Nova

The wonderful thing about cocktails is that you create them from scratch. The magic is created right in front of you and can be adjusted by the slightest splash of this or long pour of that. This week, we feature a cocktail that is all about combining flavours. Aged rum, subtle apricot, sweet vanilla, crisp apple, and fresh lime blend to make this incredibly easy drinking cocktail.


1 oz Brugal Anejo Rum

¼ oz Galliano Liqueur

¼ oz Bols Apricot Brandy Liqueur

2 oz Apple Juice

½ oz Fresh Lime Juice

¼ oz Simple Syrup *

Garnish with lime wedges


Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and pour all ingredients into it. Shake well and strain into a glass with new ice. Garnish with lime wedges and serve.


This drink can be shaken or, if you prefer, blended.

*To make simple syrup, combine equal parts of boiling water to sugar and leave to cool. Store in the refrigerator.