Porn Star Martini

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The Porn Star martini cocktail is a modern classic. Created by London bartender Douglas Ankrah in the early 2000's, it's bold, sexy, fun and evocative, and now an essential cocktail in every drinker's repertoire.
Porn Star Martini

Ingredients:

Serve in a Martini glass

Garnish: floating 1/2 fresh passionfruit

Tools & Equipment:

How to Make

  1. Add the vanilla vodka, passionfruit liqueur, vanilla syrup, fresh lime juice and 1/2 fresh passionfruit pulp to your cocktail shaker.
  2. Add ice and shake hard for 15-20 seconds.
  3. Fine strain the mix into a chilled martini glass.
  4. Float the other half of the passionfruit on top to garnish.
  5. Serve alongside a shot of sparkling wine.

About

Even though some people order it for its name, the Porn Star Martini is a great tasting cocktail. It’s bold, sexy, playful and well-thought out, and it’s easily one of the most popular cocktails in the world.

In 2017, it was the second most ordered cocktail in bars in the UK, massive companies like Tesco are selling pre-bottled versions in their stores and Absolut Vodka is even opening up a 4-storey townhouse bar called the ‘Porn Star Martini Townhouse‘ dedicated to this cocktail. 

Its fast rise in popularity is akin to what happened with the cosmopolitan cocktail in the 1990’s.

It was created by London bartender Douglas Ankrah (the man behind London’s Townhouse and its sister bar, LAB) in the early 2000’s when he was visiting Cape Town, South Africa writing his book “Shaken” Douglas Ankrah’s Cocktails.

Originally, it was named Mavericks Martini after the gentlemen’s club he frequented there and where he came up with the idea for the cocktail.

Later on, its name was aptly changed to better represent its principle ingredient passionfruit – a natural aphrodisiac. And according to Anhkrah, because it’s the kind of cocktail he imagined a porn star would drink – evocative & tantalising.

It’s meant to be drunk by first eating the passionfruit garnish, then drinking the shot of sparkling wine and finally finishing it up by sipping at the pornstar martini.

Variations

If you don’t have vanilla vodka on hand, using standard vodka is fine (but vanilla infused vodka is best). It also doesn’t matter whether you drink it with Prosecco, champagne or another type of sparkling wine. Use whatever you want.

Cocktails that become as popular as the pornstar martini always deserve their own mocktail & frozen variations. Here’s how I would make them:

To make a frozen variation, blend the mix with a scoop of crushed ice. Serve alongside a shot of sparkling wine and with the same passionfruit garnish.

To make a virgin variation, simply substitute the vodka for tropical juice and the passionfruit liqueur for passionfruit syrup. Serve alongside a shot of sparkling water.

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