Porn Star Martini with passion fruit garnish

Porn Star Martini

By Timo Torner / Last updated on March 14, 2022 
The Porn Star Martini is a sweet and sour fruity cocktail invented in London. And the fun cocktail with the pretty unusual name traditionally is accompanied by a chilled shot glass of Prosecco.

The Porn Star Martini is a relatively new cocktail with quite a provocative name. But Douglas Ankrah didn't intend to provoke or irritate with his cocktail. And when asked about it, he stated that he wanted to design a "stylish and confident drink". A cocktail that's "pure indulgence, sexy, fun, and evocative".

The drink itself quickly grew into a modern classic. It is a real crowd-pleaser made of fresh passion fruit juice, vanilla-flavored Vodka, Passoã, and lime juice. One thing that certainly helped gain traction in bars is the chilled shot glass of Prosecco, or occasionally champagne, that comes with it. It's not mandatory but ultimately contributes to the real Porn Star Martini experience.

And as with so many other cocktails named Martini, the Porn Star is as far away as possible from a classic Martini. But that doesn't really bother anyone as everyone is pretty much used to the concept, with so many types of Martinis. Many of them only share the Martini glass or the name with the original Martini template.

History of the Porn Star Martini

As the cocktail is still so young, identifying the roots is straightforward. In 2002 Douglas Ankrah invented the cocktail for his bar Townhouse in London. Ankrah also owned LAB bar in London since its early days when it was a bartending school and not yet a bar.

The drink became an instant success. First in his bar, then in London, and ultimately all over the UK. Until today the Porn Star has regularly voted the most popular cocktail in England and the whole United Kingdom. An incredible achievement considering the young age of the drink. And it was this popularity that led Ankrah to another project.

Ankrah didn't want to fill the pockets of spirits producers with his creation, as is the case with so many other famous cocktails. Instead, he tried to make his share out of his own cocktail. Therefore, he developed a pre-mixed version of his drink which he launched in 2017 under the name P*star Passionfruit liqueur. The decision to remove the word 'porn' was a tactical business move, as Ankrah later confirmed.

"I think it's going to be much better. You can go in homes, be on airlines, be on cruises - the word 'porn star' can restrict you to being only in certain places."

Douglas Ankrah

And indeed, this would have caused many other problems. Just think of spam filters. No invoice or promotional offer would ever reach its receiver because the term porn star most definitely would be filtered out.

The distribution of the P*star Passionfruit liqueur and many other products and projects Ankrah had in place was supposed to be only the beginning. But unfortunately, at only 51 years, Douglas Ankrah passed away in August 2020. As history often teaches us, the best die young. But Ankrah achieved something many other artists, including famous bartenders, didn't. He lived to see his success before he sadly had to leave for good.

Porn Star Martini with passion fruit garnish

Porn Star Martini

A modern classic cocktail made of vanilla-flavored Vodka, passionfruit, lime, and Passoã.
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: British
Keyword: vodka
Servings: 1
Calories: 341kcal
Cost: $5.90

Ingredients

  • 2 Passion fruits
  • 2 oz Vanilla flavored Vodka
  • 0.5 oz Passoã
  • 0.5 oz Vanilla simple syrup
  • 0.5 oz Lime juice
  • 2 oz Prosecco

Instructions

  • Cut the two passion fruits in half and scoop out the flesh of 3 halves into your cocktail shaker. Put one half aside. You will need that later for garnish.
    2 Passion fruits
  • Add Vodka, Passoã, syrup, and lime juice to your shaker and shake with plenty of ice.
    2 oz Vanilla flavored Vodka, 0.5 oz Passoã, 0.5 oz Vanilla simple syrup, 0.5 oz Lime juice
  • Double strain into a chilled coupe glass and garnish with half a passion fruit.
  • Pour Prosecco into a chilled shot glass and serve it beside the cocktail. Instruct your guest to drink alternately from the two glasses.
    2 oz Prosecco

Nutrition

Serving: 7.75oz | Calories: 341kcal | Carbohydrates: 124g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 1.5g | Saturated Fat: 0.2g | Sodium: 65mg | Potassium: 862.5mg | Sugar: 96.35g | Vitamin C: 75mg | Calcium: 82mg | Iron: 3.3mg
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