The Remedy

Don Lee, Existing Conditions | New York

This riff on the classic Painkiller uses acid-adjusted orange juice, made with citric and malic acids, in place of lime juice. This technique “adjusts” the orange so it reads as brighter and more acidic – similar to lime juice, although the drink actually contains no  lime at all.

  • 1 1/2 ounces Plantation Pineapple Rum
  • 1/2 ounce overproof white rum, preferably J. Wray & Nephew White Overproof Rum
  • 3/4 ounce acid-adjusted orange juice (see Editor's Note)
  • 3/4 ounce caramelized condensed coconut (see Editor's Note)
  • 4 drops saline solution (1:4, salt:water)

  1. Combine all ingredients in a mixing tin and shake with ice.
  2. Strain into a Collins glass over pebble ice.
Editor's Note

Acid-Adjusted Orange Juice:
1 liter orange juice
20 grams malic acid
32 grams citric acid

Caramelized Condensed Coconut:
In a pressure cooker, combine 1 can of sweetened condensed coconut with enough water to cover it at 15 psi for 1 hour. Allow to cool completely on stove top without rapid depressurization.