Passion Fruit Martini aka Pornstar Martini

An ode to the Pornstar Martini, a timeless classic that has delighted drinkers of all stripes for generations. Chloe’s take on the seductive and sophisticated cocktail is a combination of vodka, passion fruit liqueur and pineapple fruit juice. The addition of vanilla syrup creates a smooth sweetness that makes this Passion Fruit Martini both tantalizing and irresistible.

As its name suggests, the Pornstar Martini is a fun and flirtatious ride for the adventurous palate. Chock full of flavors and aromas of passionfruit and vanilla, this minxy little drink is seductively sweet, irresistibly indulgent and a delicious little escape from the cocktail norm. If you like dessert cocktails, cute little spoons and champagne chasers, read on!

passion fruit martini aka pornstar martini with pineapple juice

Why is it called the pornstar martini?

Made with passionfruit liqueur and vanilla vodka, this alluring creation has been a global staple on cocktail lists for two decades. Invented in 2002, by legendary London Mixologist Douglas Ankrah (who very sadly passed away in 2021), the Pornstar Martini rose to fame during the noughties when fruit-forward cocktails, drinks with ‘flirt’ in the title, and anything consumed by Carey Bradshaw, all had divine status amongst twenty-something metropolitan drinkers.

Staying true to the ‘fun & fruity’ cocktail trend, Ankrah wanted to create an experiential dessert cocktail inspired by his vision of what a perfect bar was: “an environment where one can be bold, sexy and playful.” The result was a sweet, passionfruit-centric tipple that was part beverage and part theatre. The name would draw people in, its consumption method would pique interests (keep reading for the steps), and its indulgent flavor would bring contented imbibers back for another round. It became an overnight sensation and a staple at cocktail bars across the globe.

During his career, Ankrah was asked countless times about the inspiration behind the drink’s controversial name. Contrary to its raunchy title, he has always remarked that its naming was far more innocent that one would believe. Simply put, he felt that the cocktail’s flavor and vibe deserved a striking title, and that the final drink was something that he felt a Pornstar would enjoy sipping on. Take from that what you will!

passion fruit martini aka pornstar martini with pineapple juice

The Pornstar Martini has been shaken up all over the world for the better part of the last 20 years. I’ve done a fair amount of research, and interestingly, there are more well-documented recipe riffs and rip offs available on the internet than there are of Ankrah’s original recipe. But after a bit of internet sleuthing, I found his OG recipe and instructions on how to drink it as intended…with half a passion fruit (eaten with a spoon) and a sidecar shot of Champagne (sipped after the cocktail, not poured into it). The original cocktail recipe doesn’t contain any citrus or acid, so the champagne acts as the acidic palate cleanser.

Douglas was very outspoken about his dislike for bad Pornstar Martini riffs and re-shakes. And understandably so, because some are so completely off the mark from the original that its shocking to see them even titled as Pornstar Martinis. So, to properly honor Doug’s drink and his cocktail legacy, I will not be re-creating my own Pornstar Martini recipe here today. Instead, I’ve written out Doug’s OG recipe, as well as my own take on a ‘Tropical Passionfruit Martini. My cocktail can be enjoyed as an aperitif or as an opening act for The Pornstar (pun intended). In this instance, there’s no point trying to perfect perfection!

 Cheers and enjoy!

Passion Fruit Martini Ingredients

Here’s what you need to make this passion fruit martini:

  • Absolut vanilla vodka 
  • Passionfruit liqueur (I used Giffard) 
  • Vanilla simple syrup
  • Pineapple juice 
  • fresh lime juice 
passion fruit martini aka pornstar martini with pineapple juice

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Passion Fruit Martini aka Pornstar Martini

Chloe Dickson
An ode to the Pornstar Martini, a timeless classic that has delighted drinkers of all stripes for generations. Chloe's take on the seductive and sophisticated cocktail is a combination of vodka, passion fruit liqueur and pineapple fruit juice. The addition of vanilla syrup creates a smooth sweetness that is both tantalizing and irresistible.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 1

Equipment

  • shaker
  • martini glass

Ingredients
  

  • 1.5 oz Absolut vanilla vodka
  • .75oz Passionfruit liqueur I used Giffard
  • ½ oz Vanilla simple syrup
  • 1 oz Pineapple juice
  • ½ oz fresh lime juice

Instructions
 

  • Add all ingredients into a shaker and shake until ice cold. Pour into a chilled martini glass and garnish with a slice of fresh passionfruit.
Chloe Dickson

Chloe Dickson

Chloe is an LA-based Content Creator, Sommelier & Wine Consultant. She has worked in the drinks industry for 10 years and holds WSET Diploma in Wine & Spirits. Chloe brings a fun, informative and creative nature to her work. She believes that wine and spirits should never be intimidating or elitist, and she loves helping people discover their favorite new tipple. When she is not working, Chloe enjoys traveling, drinking Chenin Blanc, and spending time with her family and their motley crew of rescue animals. For more info on Chloe's favorite tipples and drinking suggestions, follow her on Instagram @thedrinkisinthedetail

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