No Pain, No Gain

The Painkiller is just what the doctor ordered

So you couldn’t make it to Jamaica this summer? Lucky for you, there’s a tropical paradise much closer to home. Jolly Bob’s has spent nearly two decades on Willy Street, housed in a humble cinder block building with a bright yellow door. On warmer nights, bon vivants gravitate to the restaurant’s back patio, which feels lush and secluded.

“Some people live in Madison for years and never know we’re here,” says bar manager Luis Carrión. “But once they discover us, they keep coming back.”

One reason is the island-inspired cocktails, among which the Painkiller is a perennial favorite. A frosty blend of dark rum, coconut cream, and pineapple and orange juices, the Painkiller goes down easy. Think of it as a piña colada plus: sweet citrus grounded by a kick of extra-strong rum. Freshly grated nutmeg gives a hint of warm spice.

“It’s just what the doctor ordered,” says Carrión, laughing. “Take one every twenty four hours.”

And why not? After all, you’re on vacation.

RECIPE: The Painkiller

1 oz Pusser’s rum (84 proof)
Pineapple juice
Orange juice
1/2 oz coconut cream (such as La Preferida)
Freshly grated nutmeg

Fill a 14-oz tulip glass with ice. Add rum; top with equal parts pineapple and orange juice. Transfer to a cocktail shaker. Add coconut cream and shake. Pour cocktail (including ice) back into tulip glass. Sprinkle nutmeg on top. Serve. 

Recipe courtesy of Jolly Bob’s, 1210 Williamson St., 251-3902.

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