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Let’s be honest, one of the best parts of visiting new places around the world is to experience the local culture. In particular, what the locals drink! Jeanette asked if there were any special drinks associated with the US Virgin Islands.

Oh yes, my friends, there are a couple I’d like to share with you. Being a Caribbean country, rum is locally produced, readily available and… cheap. You’ll find most brands of rum available in nearly every bar but the “house” pour in the USVI is nearly almost always Cruzan, produced in St. Croix (also in the USVI).

Our first drink in the USVI was at the Red Hook ferry terminal in St. Thomas. Little did we know the ferry was about to leave and we couldn’t bring our drinks aboard. Tom and I don’t abuse alcohol so down the hatch they went! You’ll be feeling much nicer with a Painkiller, the national drink.

picture from annapolis.com

Painkiller (recipe from the Beach Bar in St. John)
makes one drink
2 oz dark rum
2 oz pineapple juice
2 oz fresh orange juice
1 oz coconut cream
fresh grated nutmeg

Add ice to a highball glass. Pour in rum, juices and coconut cream. Stir or shake. Top with nutmeg. Garnish with citrus slice or maraschino cherry and enjoy!

The amounts listed above are guidelines only because every Painkiller I enjoyed had at least 4 oz rum in it.

Some other really popular (and delicious drinks) served around the islands are the: Bushwhacker (an adult milkshake) and the BBC (also milkshake-like).

Summertime in Canada is a great time to try these tropical drinks, let me know if you try them! And remember, don’t drink and drive!

What are some of your favourite drinks from around the world?

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