Deliciously provocative, the Pornstar Martini cocktail is a balanced vanilla-passion fruit cocktail with a hint of lime that is sure to please. But don’t let the name fool you. I guarantee you won’t feel a single ounce of guilt after taking a sip of this delicious beverage.
Can’t get enough of that sinful passion fruit flavor? Try this Passion Fruit Margarita Cocktail next!
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The original Pornstar Martini is a cocktail created by Douglas Ankrah in the early 2000’s at his trendy establishment, The Townhouse bar in Knightsbridge, London. As the founder of London Academy of Bartending, you know any Ankrah creation is going to be an experience in itself.
Originally called the Maverick Martini, Ankrah renamed the cocktail to the Pornstar Martini simply because he thought the cocktail looked like something a porn star would drink. Go figure. Fruity and silky smooth, this cocktail quickly took off in popularity both because of its irresistible ingredients and playful name. It is traditionally served with a glass of sparkling wine that is meant to be sipped alongside the cocktail as a pallet cleanser.
Buying and Eating Fresh Passion Fruit
Passion fruit may be hard to find in your local grocery store because it is grown in tropical regions. I’ve been able to find ones grown in New Zealand and imported over, priced at $4 each. Buying fresh passion fruit will certainly up the price of this drink, but I promise you it’s worth it!
Select passion fruit that is just starting to get bumps, but is not too wrinkly. Smooth skin means the passion fruit is just reaching its ideal ripeness. Slice or rip open the rind to expose the colorful, juicy flesh and seeds. The seeds are edible and can be eaten along with the flesh and juice. The white film separating the rind from the flesh is edible as well, but is very bitter.
Word of caution: Passion fruit has the potential to cause a reaction if you are allergic to latex. This is because some of the plant proteins in the fruit have a structure similar to that of latex proteins.
After you’ve finished your Pornstar Martini, try saying “fresh passion fruit” three times fast. Good luck!
Original Recipe Remix
The original recipe calls for
- 1/2 oz vanilla simple syrup
- 2 oz vanilla vodka
The original recipe calls for actual vanilla beans. I decided to just use regular simple syrup and regular vodka, with 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract added (no beans). When making cocktails at home with smaller quantities, I’ve found simplifying the recipe in this manner yields similar results. With that said, it is possible to use 15 ml of passion fruit purée if you can’t find fresh passion fruit, but the taste and quality will be noticeably different.
If you decide to go all out with the specialty ingredients, one of the best quality ingredients and makers of syrups is Liber & Co.
Pornstar Martini Cocktail
- Paring knife
- Fine strainer
- Chilled martini or coupe glass
- Shot glass
- 1 1/2 Passion fruit
- 2 oz Vodka
- 1/2 oz Passoa liqueur
- 1/2 oz Simple syrup
- 1/2 oz Lime juice
- 2 oz Brut Champagne chilled
- 1/2 tsp Vanilla extract
- 1/2 Passion fruit for garnish
- Cut two passion fruits in half. Scoop our insides of 3 halves into a cocktail shaker. Save the 4th half for garnish.
- Add the vodka, passoa liqueur, simple syrup, and vanilla extract to the shaker.
- Fill with ice and shake extremely vigorously. You want to create a nice foam layer when you pour.
- Use a fine strainer to pour into your glass. Gently float the 4th half of passion fruit in the glass, cut side up.
- Pour a small glass with champagne.
- Alternate sips between glasses.
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