The Pornstar Martini has a catchy and controversial name. Despite its provocative name – or perhaps because of it – the Pornstar Martini has become one of the most popular cocktails in the world including here in Missouri.
So, move over mimosa and adios margaritas, Missouri has a new favorite cocktail! It’s a sweet and sour drink with a saucy name: the Pornstar Martini. Keep reading to learn more about how and where the drink was invented and then keep scrolling because we’ve included the best pornstar martini recipe as well!
This stunning cocktail quickly became one of the United Kingdom’s favorite drinks after its debut in the early 2000s.
Don’t let its nomenclature fool you, it’s a sophisticated concoction that’s sure to please even the most discerning palette.
The Pornstar Martini isn’t really a martini, but a mix of vanilla vodka, fresh passionfruit, passionfruit liqueur, simple syrup, and fresh lime juice.
The sweetness and creaminess of the vanilla vodka mellows out the tartness of the fruit. But what really takes this drink to the next level is that it comes with a sidecar of sparkling wine, usually a chilled shot of prosecco. Yes, two drinks in one!
Ghanaian-born bar entrepreneur and mixologist Douglas Ankrah created the drink at the Townhouse Bar in Knightsbridge, London, in the early 2000s. It quickly became one of his most popular cocktails and sought-after cocktail recipes.
“I called it the Porn Star Martini because I thought it was something that a porn star would drink. It’s pure indulgence, sexy, fun, and evocative,” Ankrah told The Buyer in a past interview. “Ordering one is fun, and a little naughty.”
Missouri’s Most Popular Cocktail
The Pornstar Martini cocktail has grown in popularity over the past two decades and now is not only the #1 searched for cocktail in Missouri, but also in the world.
It’s so wildly popular in the U.K., it has its own (unofficial) national holiday on July 30.
Considered to be a modern classic, the Pornstar Martini is perfect for sipping at brunch, at a bridal shower, or on a sunny summer day.
Controversy and a side of confusion
Obviously, the risqué name has caused quite a stir over the years. It was originally named a Maverick Martini, after a well-known (somewhat dodgy) gentlemen’s club Ankrah visited while in Cape Town, South Africa. Perhaps there were some copywrite issues because the name eventually evolved to Pornstar Martini.
The drink skyrocketed to popularity in the U.K. and caught the attention of multinational retailer, Marks & Spencer. Their pre-made, bottled version of the Pornstar Martini didn’t sit well with the supermarket shoppers, and the provocative name was quickly changed to Passion Star Martini.
How to Drink The PornStar Martini
So, how do you drink a drink that is two drinks? Do you pour one in the other? Do you sip each back and forth? Do you down the shot first?
According to the website Barchick, Ankrah said the drink is best shared with your amour. “It was originally intended as a drink for lovers. You first scoop out the passion fruit with a spoon and feed the flesh to the other person. Then you drink the shot of Champagne, which cleanses the palette. And finally, you enjoy the martini at leisure.”
Given the theatric nature and presentation of the cocktail, you probably won’t find a true version served at your local watering hole or sports bar. At best, expect boxed passion fruit juice, vanilla vodka, a splash of some brute, and a dash of Rose’s lime.
To experience all of the indulgences of a Pornstar Martini, save this order for upscale lounges featuring “professional mixologists” or a romantic restaurant. You can watch Ankrah, the master himself, make his infamous drink on Youtube.
If you watched the video, you can see the Porn Star Martini isn’t just a drink. Properly prepared, it’s a whole experience. Of course, the best pornstar martini is always enjoyed with someone special.
What is a passion fruit?
Although passion fruit might bring to mind an exotic location with a warm, sandy beach, it’s actually grown in most frost-free areas of the U.S., such as California, Arizona, Florida, and Hawaii.
It is widely available at most grocery stores year-round. To pick the perfectly ripe fruit, look for a purple skin that is somewhat dimply. If it’s smooth, it’s not ripe enough and if it has deep wrinkles, that’s a sign of it being over-ripe.
Passion fruit is about the size and shape of a large egg. While the outer rind and pulp are not edible, the juice and fleshy seeds inside make for a tangy treat. They are considered a superfood, rich in antioxidants and vitamins.
Pornstar Martini Recipe
- 1 Cocktail Shaker
- 2 Martini Glass
- 3 ounces Vanilla-flavored vodka
- 1 ounce Passion fruit liqueur (such as Passoã or De Kuyper)
- 4 Tablespoons Passion fruit puree
- 2 Tablesppons Lime juice, freshly squeezed
- 2 Tablespoons Vanilla simple syrup
- 4 ounces Sparkling wine, chilled (Champaigne or Prosseco)
- 1 Passionfruit for garnish
- Halve the passion fruit and scoop the seeds and juice from the fruit into a cocktail shaker, reserving one of the fruit for the garnish.
- Add all additional ingredients except the sparkling wine to the shaker and shake with ice.
- Fine strain mixture into a chilled cocktail glass or martini glass.
- Carefully lower a garnish of passionfruit into each drink.
- Serve the chilled sparkling wine in a shot glass on the side.
- Enjoy the delicious cocktail.
Notes and variations
If you don’t have a shaker, you can stir over ice for around 30 seconds to achieve a similar dilution. If you are missing vanilla vodka, a key ingredient, you can make your own with a combination of vanilla extract, simple syrup, and plain vodka.
The original version calls for chilled Champagne (the most indulgent of fizzies), but a dry prosecco can be substituted.
Also, you could try an orange liqueur like Cointreau or Grand Marnier instead of Passoã or De Kuyper. Both these alternatives offer the same kind of tartness as passion fruit and will go well with the lime juice and vanilla. However, they’ll significantly change the flavor of the cocktail and its original recipe.
If a passion fruit martini isn’t calling your name, try a Wisely Wonder. It’s a mix of fresh strawberries, pineapple juice, and gin – with a shot of rosé on the side.
For a mocktail version of the Pornstar Martini try this passion fruit martini recipe option. Simply substitute the Vodka with water or white grape juice. You can substitute the champagne with sparkling apple juice or sparkling water. Keep it fun by serving the mocktail in chilled cocktail glasses or martini glasses with a shot glass of the sparkling cider.
How to Make Vanilla Simple Syrup
Vanilla syrup is similar to sugar syrup (or simple syrup). It’s quick and easy to make.
- Add 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup sugar to a small saucepan over medium heat.
- Stir until sugar is dissolved.
- Let cool, then stir in 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or scrape the inside from 1/2 a vanilla bean.
The vanilla syrup will keep, refrigerated in an airtight container, for up to 4 weeks. If the syrup crystallizes, heat with 1 to 2 tablespoons water until fully dissolved.
One Last Thing
Sadly, the legendary creator of the Pornstar Martini, mixologist Douglas Ankrah, passed away in August of 2021, but his passionate drink lives on.
So, the next time you are out for happy hour, be daring and order a Pornstar martini. Or better yet, indulge in the privacy of your own home. Cheers!
Please drink responsibly.