Pornstar Martini (Passionfruit Martini)
The pornstar martini, also known as the passionfruit martini, or passion star martini, is one of the most popular cocktails in the world. According to the well respected Difford’s Guide, it has been their number one viewed cocktail for the past 5 years. One of the things that makes the drink popular (other than the name) is its usage of Passoa, or passionfruit liqueur.
Pornstar Martini History
The pornstar martini is a recent cocktail, having been invented in 1999 by Doughlas Ankrah. He was the owner of the LAB bar in London and wanted to create a drink that evoked confidence and style. While there is a bit of controversy around the name, it has proven to be useful in popularizing this cocktail.
Although the drink is not a true martini, it is commonly served in a martini glass, usually accompanied by a shot of ice cold prosecco. The dry sparkling wine was added to be sipped in between sips of the martini as it was a way to cut down on the sweetness.
Pornstar Martini Ingredients
While the original recipe calls for vanilla flavored vodka along with a squeeze of lime juice, I decided to go for Absolut Citron and a quarter of a scraped vanilla bean. I felt it leaned towards a richer flavor, and, while still being a sweet cocktail, wasn’t cloyingly so.
50 ml Vodka, Absolut Citron
50 ml Passoa
15 ml Simple Syrup
1 Passionfruit (aka Maracuya)
1/4 Vanilla Bean, scraped
50 ml Prosecco, or other sparkling wine.
In a cocktail shaker add all the ingredients (including the pulp from the passionfruit) except for the sparkling wine. Add ice and shake hard for a few seconds. Double strain into a chilled martini glass and serve alongside a shot of chilled sparkling wine. Garnish the pornstar martini with half of a passionfruit (you can set it on fire with a overproof rum soaked crouton inside the maracuya half).
- Cocktail Shaker
- 50 ml Vodka Absolut Citron
- 50 ml Passoa
- 15 ml Simple Syrup
- 1 Passionfruit aka Maracuya
- 1/4 Vanilla Bean scraped
- 50 ml Prosecco or other sparkling wine.
- In a cocktail shaker add all the ingredients (including the pulp from the passionfruit) except for the sparkling wine. Add ice and shake hard for a few seconds. Double strain into a chilled martini glass and serve alongside a shot of chilled sparkling wine.