31 July 2015 is Black Tot Day – Perfect Excuse for a Pusser’s Party

If you follow House of Coco on twitter you will have noticed our drunken slurs during the #TwitterTasting with Pusser’s rum under the #ItsTotTime hashtag, wondering what it was all about? Read on…

45 years ago, the Royal Navy ceased to receive a daily rum ration and on 31 July 1970, this sad day was named ‘Black Tot Day’. 45 years later, Pusser’s rum, the authentic Navy rum, commemorates the day with events in bars across the UK including Camden’s Roundhouse, where rum lovers can raise a ‘tot’ or enjoy Pusser’s classic cocktail, the Painkiller.

Simple to make, the Painkiller has a rich history, first recognised at the Soggy Dollar Bar in the British Virgin Islands. The bar was so named, as you had to swim to it; thus your dollars would be somewhat ‘soggy’.

Today it’s much easier to enjoy this refreshing cocktail. You just need four ingredients and lots of ice. So gather some friends, light up the BBQ and raise a rousing cry of ‘Up Spirits’, in support of the lost tradition of the daily ‘tot’.

You can even keep your dollars dry.



  • 35ml Pusser’s 40%ABV Rum (or 54.5% ABV)
  • 25ml Coco Re’al Cream of Coconut (available from Fortnum and


  • 25ml  Orange Juice
  • 100ml Pineapple Juice



  1. Shake all ingredients together with ice. Strain in to service vessel over fresh ice.
  2. Garnish with further 15ml of Pusser’s 54.5%abv rum and fresh ground nutmeg


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