Porn Star Martini Prosecco passion fruit garnish

Porn Star Martini

By Timo Torner / Last updated on August 28, 2022 

First published on December 1, 2021 

The Porn Star Martini is a sweet and sour fruity cocktail invented in London. And the colorful cocktail with the suggestive name is traditionally 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 creation.

When asked about it, he stated that he intended to design a "stylish and confident drink". A cocktail that's "pure indulgence, sexy, fun, and evocative".

The drink quickly evolved 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 contributes to the authentic Porn Star Martini experience.

Porn star Martini cocktail

And as with so many other cocktails named Martini, the Porn Star is as far away as possible from a classic Martini. 

But that's no big deal as everybody is pretty much used to the concept, with so many types of Martinis. Most of these share only the Martini glass, and some not more than the name with the original Martini.

Ingredients of the Porn Star Martini

The ingredients you need for this Porn Star Martini recipe are fresh passion fruits, vanilla-flavored Vodka, Passoã, vanilla simple syrup, lime juice, and sparkling wine.

The sparkling wine is an extra element served on the side of the actual cocktail. You don't mix it with the other components.

Passion fruits

To make the best Porn Star Martini, you want to use ripe passion fruits, which you can recognize by their wrinkled skin and lightweight. Heavier fruits with smooth, plump skin will be too tart and won't taste right. 

Passion fruit pulp

Passoã in the Porn Star Martini

Passoã is a passion fruit liqueur sold by Rémy Cointreau - the French distiller who also produces liqueurs like Cointreau and Metaxa and the famous Scotch brand Bruichladdich.

The sweet liqueur is made with passion fruit juice, herbs, and other fruit juices. It has an ABV of 17% and is responsible for the bright orange color of the Porn Star Martini.

Vanilla-flavored Vodka

In the US, Vodka must have a minimum ABV of 40%. In the European Union, it is 37,5%. However, Vanilla-flavored Vodka sometimes has a lower alcohol content than that. In that case, it is not actual Vodka.

That's only a side note, though, because those spirits still have a high ABV of 35% and work perfectly fine in cocktails.

A genuine Vanilla Vodka with 40% of good quality is from Absolut. Products of other renowned brands like Stoli, Ciroc, and Smirnoff only have 35%.

Vanilla-flavored simple syrup

You can use store-bought vanilla syrup. I like, for instance, the one from Monin. 

Alternatively, you can make this flavored syrup at home. It only takes 30 minutes, and it's cheaper. Use our simple syrup recipe as a base and add 0.75oz vanilla extract.

Lime juice

To get the best possible Porn Star Martini, use only juice squeezed from fresh limes. Don't take citrus juice from concentrate, as the artificial acidity will ruin your drink.

Prosecco wine with the Porn Star Martini

You can use whichever bubbly you like best. Generally, it should not be too sweet, though. An extra dry, brut, or even extra brut Prosecco or Cava works perfectly. -And you can always upgrade to Champagne, of course.

Serve about 2oz in a champagne flute on the side and drink it alternating with the cocktail.

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 recipe became an instant success. First in the bar, then in London, and ultimately all over the UK. 

Until today the Porn Star Martini has regularly voted the most popular cocktail in England and the entire United Kingdom. 

An incredible achievement considering the young age of the drink. And it was this popularity that led Ankrah to another project.

Porn Star Martini Passion Fruit

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.

Regrettably, at only 51 years, Douglas Ankrah passed away in August 2020. Still, he 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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