Boaters, including Pusser's founder Charles Tobias, came from all around to sample her tasty Pusser's Painkiller® for which she'd become locally famous.
The fact that Tobias
had gone to Great Britain's Royal Navy
and gotten permission to commercialize the rum in 1980 made him more curious about this deliciously concocted recipe made with Pusser's Rum
Daphne Henderson and Charles Tobias
became good friends, but in spite of their friendship, and no matter how hard he
refused to divulge her
secret recipe for the Pusser's Painkiller®.
Two years passed, then late one Sunday afternoon at the conclusion of a long session of Painkilling, Tobias
somehow managed to get one of her
concoctions back through the surf and over the gunwale into his
boat, and ultimately into his
kitchen on Tortola where he
went to work, trying to match her
flavor as closely as possible with his
own recipe which he
finally worked out to be "4-1-1? ratio - four parts pineapple, one part cream of coconut and one part orange juice - adding Pusser's Rum to suit.
The following Sunday, Tobias
returned to the Soggy Dollar Bar
for another afternoon of West Indian food, Painkillers and swimming.
Shaking the water off after his
swim ashore, Tobias
announced to Daphne Henderson that I'd finally broken her
secret, "At last, Daphne, I have the Painkiller® recipe which I promise to not divulge to anyone if you tell me that I'm right," he
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"If you've got it, what do you need anything from me for?
replied smiling as she
continued to josh Tobias
about my not being able to come even close.
"Wait and see," he
, and in a few minutes, he
mixed one of his
and started to taste it against hers.
discerned a slight difference, but thought his
mixture better, not quite so sweet as hers, and told her
insisted that hers was better and challenged him to a contest.
accepted, and the bet was on for $100.
took payment on the bet in the form of 40 Painkillers which the crowd all drank to celebrate the occasion.
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Soon after, Tobias
started promoting the Pusser's Painkiller® in the two Pusser's bars he
had at that time on Tortola.
always gives Daphne Henderson credit with a by-line in Pusser's
printed media: AS INSPIRED BY DAPHNE AT THE SOGGY DOLLAR BAR AT WHITE BAY ON JOST VAN DYKE.