You may have tried many cocktails, but have you ever tried the Pornstar Martini cocktail? What an interesting name, isn’t it? We are going to tell you all about this delicious drink: its recipe, how it ended up with this name, as well as how to drink this cocktail properly.
What is the Pornstar Martini cocktail?
The Pornstar Martini is a cold glass of passion fruit-flavored cocktail made with vanilla-flavored vodka, Passoã (a passion-fruit liqueur made in France, with passion fruit being the major ingredient), passion fruit juice, and lime juice. This cocktail is commonly reported to be the most popular cocktail in the United Kingdom. Moreover, it is traditionally accompanied by a chilled shot glass of prosecco (a sparkling wine made primarily in Veneto, Italy). In fact, it is not a true martini but is one of many drinks that incorporate the term into their names. Martini is a cocktail generally made with gin and vermouth and is garnished with an olive or a lemon twist.
Who invented the Pornstar Martini cocktail?
The Pornstar Martini cocktail was invented by the legendary bartender Douglas Ankrah. He is one of the world’s most respected bartenders, and started out in the industry by bartending in London where he developed his passion for cocktails. He then had his own business, the Academy of Bartending at the Atlantic Bar which trained a full generation of bartenders in the art of mixology in 1996. In 2002, he invented and named this vodka cocktail (The Pornstar Martini cocktail) behind the bar at The Townhouse bar in Knightsbridge, London.
Why is it named the Pornstar Martini cocktail?
At first, Douglas Ankrah named the cocktail Maverick Martini, in tribute to a dodgy club in Cape Town. Later, he decided to change the name to the Pornstar Martini. After that, the cocktail quickly gained popularity under the catchy name of ‘Pornstar Martini’. That said, the name of this cocktail had proved to be a bit controversial. Ankrah had denied that he named it a ‘Pornstar Martini’ to be deliberately provocative. In interviews, he claimed that he used the ‘porn star’ name to evoke ‘a stylish and confident drink that’s pure indulgence, sexy, fun, and evocative. Plus, he has also denied being a fan of pornography or idolizing any porn stars in particular.
In 2019, a major British multinational retailer, Marks & Spencer renamed their tinned Porn Star Martini drinks to Passion Star Martini as there were complaints that the name was normalizing pornography.
How to do the Pornstar Martini cocktail
Now, you may like to try a glass of this cocktail at home, right? Here is our simple recipe for how to do the Pornstar Martini cocktail. To start with, here are the ingredients that you need:
- 60 ml. of vodka
- 30 ml. of passion fruit purée
- 30ml. of vanilla syrup
- 15ml. of fresh lime juice
- Prosecco (sparkling wine) or any champagne that you like
- Half of a fresh passion fruit (for garnishing)
Bonus tip: you can double the ingredients by putting a beverage dispenser for your guests and let them serve themselves. You can also use store-bought passion fruits instead of fresh ones.
Here are our easy 5 steps of how to make the Pornstar Martini cocktail:
Step 1: Mix all the ingredients above except the sparkling wine in a cocktail shaker. You can also adjust the taste of your cocktail by adding lime juice or sugar syrup according to your own taste.
Step 2: Shake it well for 2 minutes with ice in a stemmed cocktail glass.
Step 3: Double strain into a chilled couple of coupe glasses.
Step 4: Garnish with a half-fresh passion fruit that you prepared beforehand. You can also use passion fruit pulp, or guava pulp if you’d like.
Step 5: Don’t forget to serve these flavorful cocktails with a shot glass of prosecco or champagne on the side and enjoy with your friends.
How to properly drink the Pornstar Martini cocktail?
Some of you may wonder if you can put the prosecco shot in the martini. The answer is yes you can. Once you pour the shot of Prosecco over the passion fruit into the Pornstar Martini cocktail, it will release all the flavors from the fruit. Moreover, this will make your cocktail have a complex and exciting taste.
Please take note that this cocktail is quite strong and should be sipped slowly as you enjoy the quality of each of its ingredients. It contains approximately 2-3 ounces of spirits and there are approximately 289 calories in one serving of Pornstar Martini.
Now you know how to do the Pornstar Martini at home. Next time you have a party, don’t forget to make this flavorful cocktail for your friends. They will love it! On that note, don’t forget to drink moderately as it is a strong drink so that you will not be hungover the next morning.