Historically, Tiki drinks have been an easy, if not entirely satisfying, style of “mocktail” for bars and restaurants because they’re packed with tropical juices and fancy garnishes. But no matter how much you dress it up, pineapple and orange juice together doesn’t exactly scream “adult libation”.
With the availability of non-alcoholic rums today, though, these classic cocktails can be made the same way, with that satisfying “bite”, the complex flavors of rum, and none of the booze.
Take the Painkiller, for instance. This juicy, vacation-vibes concoction was created in the 1970s at the Soggy Dollar Bar in the British Virgin Islands. Without rum, it’s just a sweet mess of fruit juices and coconut cream. But add the rum—in this case, we like Ritual Zero Proof Rum Alternative—and now you’ve got a fruity yet satisfying cocktail, just like the original.
We’ve made a couple of minor additions to the classic recipe because we just can’t help but tweak things. Our Aromatic bitters add additional depth and spice to the rum, and a bit of apple cider vinegar adds just enough acidic balance without making the drink taste vinegary.
Non-Alcoholic Cocktail / Low-Alcohol / Zero Proof / Mocktail
With this NA take on a juicy, tropical Painkiller, it's all the vacation with none of the hangover.
2 ounces dark non-alcoholic rum
4 ounces pineapple juice
1 ounce orange juice, fresh
1 ounce coconut cream
4 dashes All The Bitter Aromatic bitters
¼ ounce apple cider vinegar
Nutmeg to garnish
Combine all ingredients, except nutmeg, in a shaker with ice and shake hard until chilled.
Strain into a hurricane or beer glass over fresh ice.
Garnish with a pineapple wedge and freshly grated nutmeg (don’t skip that part!)
Feel free to use your favorite non-alcoholic rum here, but we love the intense flavor of Ritual Zero Proof Rum Alternative in this drink. The bold flavors match up perfectly against the sweet pineapple juice and coconut cream.
MAKE IT MINDFULLY LOW ALCOHOL
Ready for a vacation, but want to stay coherent? Try this recipe with 1oz of your favorite dark rum and 1oz of a non-alcoholic dark rum alternative.