Pornstar Martini – Original Recipe & History

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Pornstar Martini

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Course: DrinksCuisine: British




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Make the original 2003 Pornstar Martini.


  • 1/3 oz 1/3 Vanilla Syrup

  • 2 oz 2 Passion Fruit Puree/Juice

  • 1/2 oz 1/2 Passion Fruit Liqueur

  • 1.5 oz 1.5 Vanilla Vodka

  • 2 oz 2 Sparkling Wine


  • Technique: Saxe Soda Shake
  • Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker except for the sparkling wine.
  • Add one medium or two small ice cubes to the cocktail shaker and shake until the ice fully melts. Without a strainer, pour the chilled and aerated drink into a glass.
  • Pour sparkling wine into a separate champagne glass.
  • Garnish:
  • Half of a passion fruit

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History Of The Pornstar Martini.

The Pornstar Martini was invented in 2003 by Douglas Ankran. The idea to make a passion fruit and vanilla cocktail hit him while working on new recipes for his UK bar, The Townhouse. The idea to combine passion fruit and vanilla came to him as it was a popular baking flavor combination, and he thought the flavors would translate well into a drink. Opened in 2002, the Townhouse closed its doors in 2010 after the business had come under new management. interviewed Douglas Ankrah in 2019 and has an excellent article about his iconic pornstart martini. Sadly Douglas Ankran passed away in August 2021.

Why Is It Called The Pornstar Martini?

The original name for the Pornstar martini was the Maverick Martini. Ankran named it after the Maverick’s Gentleman Club strip club he would visit in Cape Town, South Africa. The drink sold very poorly. Knowing it was a good drink, he wanted more people to order it, so he gave it a shocking name. In the same vain as a sex on the beach, adios motherfucker, and a blowjob shot, he renamed the Maverick Martini the Pornstar Martini, and sales skyrocketed. To this day, the Pornstar Martini is still one of the most popular cocktails in the UK.

What Does The Pornstar Martini Taste Like?

The Pornstar Martini is a fantastic cocktail, and the mix of passion fruit and vanilla is terrific. Despite the silly name, its lovely flavors earn it all the popularity it enjoys. It’s a nice balance of tart and sweet, and with only four ingredients, it’s pretty easy to make too. The passion fruit puree does require a bit of upfront work, but if you have that and add a little vanilla extract to some simple syrup, you’re good to go. In the 2019 punchdrink interview mentioned above, Douglas Ankran said he blended two vanilla pods with 5 cups of sugar to make the vanilla sugar. That looks pretty ineffective to me. It makes much more sense to add vanilla extract to simple syrup. When combining alcoholic extracts with syrup, the typical ratio is 1:30. So for every 30 oz of simple syrup, 1 oz of vanilla extract is added.

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