The Pornstar Martini is a real modern classic and probably one of the most successful cocktails to have been invented in the 21st century. It's a cocktail that, since its creation in 2002, has found worldwide appreciation.

History of the Pornstar Martini

The legendary bartender Douglas Ankrah invented this vodka cocktail behind the bar at The Townhouse Bar in Knightsbridge, London. He allegedly initially named the cocktail the ‘Maverick Martini’, after a dingy club in Cape Town, South Africa. The cocktail quickly gained popularity under the more catchy name of ‘Pornstar Martini’, which alludes to the passion fruit in the drink. If you use your imagination, the ritual involved in consuming this cocktail can be considered rather sensual: you scoop out half a passion fruit, down a shot of decadent champagne and are then treated to a sweet and fruity cocktail.

Pornstar Martini Flavour

The Pornstar Martini is a real crowd-pleaser: very few people will be turned off by its vanilla and passion fruit flavours. The Pornstar is often seen as a girly drink, most popular with women, and although we don't have the statistics to back it up, this stereotype is most likely true. A good Pornstar Martini starts with a deliciously fresh scoop of half a passion fruit and a shot of sparkling wine, followed by a fruity, fresh and sweet balance of passion fruit, vanilla and lime. When it comes to flavour, the Pornstar Martini doesn't have much in common with the original Martini, but the Martini part of the name means that this drink is always exclusively served in a Martini glass

Pornstar Martini Ingredients

30 ml Bols Passion Fruit
30 ml Bols Vodka
5 ml Bols Vanilla
15ml Passion Fruit Purree
35ml Sparkling Wine
10ml Fresh Lemon Juice

Pornstar Martini glassware and tools

Martini glass
Cocktail shaker
Strainer
Jigger

  1. Pour all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker and fill it with ice. 
  2. Shake the cocktail for around 10 seconds and fine strain it into a chilled Martini glass. 
  3. Float one half of a passion fruit in the cocktail. 
  4. Pour the sparkling wine into the shot glass and serve it on the side of the cocktail.

2 Pornstar Martini recipe variations

Recipe variation 1 - Switch the base

Switch out the base spirit(s). Make a Pornstar Margarita with tequila instead of vodka, 15 ml Bols Triple Sec and 15 ml Bols Passion Fruit. You can make a Ginger Pornstar by switching out the Bols Passion Fruit liqueur for Bols Ginger

Recipe variation 2 - Do another shot

Swap the sparkling wine for a different kind of shot. Try a shot of fresh apple cider, a very fruity witbier or an IPA.