Marina Cay-4Bit by bit my injured shoulder has been regaining something of its old supple form, enough so that this afternoon I was actually able to put on a shirt without a lot of cringing and twisting and wishing I was someone else. Part of this recuperation no doubt has to do with the visit I paid to my friendly local osteopath back in England, just before I left, and my reasonably dedicated adherence to his prescribed gentle stretching exercises and mobility program.  Ibuprofen, I’m sure, has also played a role, as has sunshine and tropical warmth, but it pleases me to think that the Pusser’s Painkiller has done its part as well.

This is one of the many interesting rum drinks one encounters in this lushly tropical part of the world, one that is made with Pusser’s Navy Rum. Pusser’s is made to the old original Admiralty recipe served aboard Royal Navy ships for over 300 years. The term Pusser’s comes from Royal Navy slang for the ship’s purser, who dispensed the daily ration which back in the heady days of the early 18th century was a pint per man per day, and drunk neat.

The daily rum ration, somewhat pared down from the boozy old days of the 1730s, became one of those lovely old archaic traditions that survived well into the 20th century, right up to the 31st of July 1970 when the Royal Navy finally decided to abolish it. And so the story of Pusser’s Rum might have ended but for a colourful entrepreneur and BVI personality named Charles Tobias – a former U.S. Marine fighter pilot in Vietnam, global sailor, adventurer, restaurateur and raconteur – who bought the rights to the Admiralty’s old recipe in 1979 and began producing it once more.

The particular concoction I am thinking of, and which I like to believe has done my cycling injury such good, is a blend of either two, three, or four ounces of Pusser’s Navy Rum (depending on the amount of pain you need to kill) blended with four ounces of pineapple juice, one ounce cream of coconut, one ounce of orange juice, served on the rocks with fresh nutmeg grated on top. It warms me right down to the soles of my cycling shoes to think my research here on these lovely islands will be of use to cyclists everywhere.

  11 comments for “Painkillers

  1. Michael Odesse
    March 5, 2013 at 3:04 am

    Somehow this doesn’t sound like you are working! After reading out loud the ingredients to your drink, my wife said “copy down that receipe … we don’t want to lose it!” The drink sounds good but we just need the weather. It’s going down to -10C tonight. Oh well, we can dream that we are in the Virgin Islands.

    • Roff Smith
      March 6, 2013 at 9:20 am

      It’s hell in the tropics… :-)

  2. March 5, 2013 at 6:46 am

    Sorry to hear of your injury. Seems the weather has taken a lot of us by surprise.nice you are working somewhere warm. Best wishes Brenda in the Boro

    • Roff Smith
      March 6, 2013 at 9:20 am

      Thanks! The old shoulder is well and truly on the mend!

  3. March 5, 2013 at 8:42 am

    Are you suggesting that an extra 1ltr bottle needs to be fitted to the bike to carry a supply of this in case of emergencies? Sounds good to me 😉 Could have done with some just now as I was de icing the car for my better half to go to work in, I will be on the bike as usual :-( You just don’t know what you are missing out there!

    Good to hear you are, albeit slowly, on the mend Roff

  4. Roff Smith
    March 6, 2013 at 9:21 am

    Not a bad idea. Must figure out how to affix the bottle ‘o rum. Yo ho ho…

  5. Simon Harrison
    March 6, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    Glad to hear you’re convalescing correctly Mr. Smith. It seems that the gentle mocking of your predicament by my alter-ego Ivor Benght-Anglebarrs (Mrs) was tantamount to tugging at the devil’s tail, as I too, have suffered an injury preventing me from cycling. I tripped on my own doorstep (which is deceptively flat), carried out a disco dance comedy stumble and sprained my ankle. You are welcome to laugh.

    On topic, I am happy to announce that I regularly drunk Pussers Rum whilst a passenger on HMS Exeter during the Iran Iraq war. I can attest to its soothing apres guerre qualities. Sante’

    • Roff Smith
      March 6, 2013 at 6:49 pm

      Welcome to laugh? That has to be the funniest, most drôle comment I have yet received on my blog. I wish I could e-mail you some Pussers Navy Rum to help along the convalescence. Get well soon.

      • Simon Harrison
        March 7, 2013 at 7:08 am

        Thank you, praise indeed. I shall search out some elixir in the name of solidarity. chaaaars.

        • Roff Smith
          March 7, 2013 at 8:46 am

          Eldorado rum, from Guyana, has some wonderful qualities as well. My brother and I have been exploring and becoming better acquainted with the 15 year old variety. Almost makes one glad to be injured…

          • March 7, 2013 at 10:20 pm

            ‘Scuse me but methinks you are enjoying this injury too much!!!

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