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FEATURED: the Pornstar Martini

"Vanilla with passion fruit. Then more passion fruit. Lots of Vodka. Controversial and supersweet. Yep, this is what a porn star would order at the bar!"

That's what Douglas Ankrah -the creator of the Pornstar Martini- must have thought when he accidentally (!) cobbled together this masterpiece in 2003.

It was a hit from the first sip and within a few years this, cocktail has become the most ordered cocktail in the UK. Since 2017, the Pornstar Martini has been in the top 5 'most ordered' of almost all cocktail bars in Europe.

What makes the Pornstar Martini so popular? For it is an overtly sweet cocktail, and it is mostly the somewhat sour cocktails (like the Daiquiri, Margarita and Whiskey Sours) or bitter cocktails (like the Negroni, Espresso Martini and Manhattan) that have been the most popular worldwide for years.

It is probably the sour undertone of the passion fruit that works so well for many people. If you like it sweet, the Pornstar Martini is a homerun anyway. Are you more of a sour type? Then the first sip might be a bit of a shock, but by the second sip you get more of a sour undertone from the passion fruit and - especially in combination with the famous shot of prosecco - it's perfect for you too!

Furthermore, it is of course the controversial name that makes you remember it and order it again quickly.

The original recipe calls for Vanilla Vodka, Passoa, Passion Fruit Puree by Funkin' and as garnish half a passion fruit and a shot of prosecco.

The version below, however, uses homemade passion fruit syrup (sooo much better than commercial syrup), egg white for a wonderful foam layer and some lime to balance it out.

Let's get to it!

Cool a coupe glass or martini glass by filling it with ice.

Pour into a shaker:

60ml Vodka (Ketel One)

25ml Passion fruit syrup (scroll down for the recipe)

15ml Fresh Lime Juice

15ml Vanilla syrup (Monin)

1 Egg white

Dry shake (shake vigorously without ice. We do this to break down the protein a little)

Add ice to your shaker and shake again for a good 15 seconds.

Remove the ice from your glass

Pour everything into your glass with a Hawthorne strainer and a fine kitchen sieve

Garnish with a shot of prosecco.

What, no half passion fruit?! Nope! That's far too wasteful and unsustainable to use as a garnish, and the peel sometimes adds a bitter, earthy flavour that really doesn't enrich the taste of the drink. I often garnish this cocktail with a heart of ginger. It's controversial and smells really good next to the passion fruit flavour.

Voilà. Enjoy!

Homemade passion fruit syrup recipe:

Final product:

250 millilitres of syrup that, if kept cool, will easily keep for 4 weeks.


4 passion fruits

150 grams of sugar



Kitchen sieve


1. Cut 4 passion fruits in half and scoop out the flesh into a saucepan.

2. Add 150g sugar and 150ml hot water.

3. Bring to the boil and then immediately put on low heat.

4. Leave everything to bubble for 1 minute and then remove from the heat.

5. Close the saucepan with a lid and leave to stand for at least half an hour.

6. Pour everything through a kitchen sieve, and voilà: passion fruit syrup.



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