Pornstar Martini Ingredients: How to Make the Perfect Summer Cocktail

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Are you on the hunt for the ultimate summer cocktail? 

Look no further than the perfectly sweet, deliciously sour Pornstar Martini. A crowd-pleaser every season, pornstar martinis have been a staple item on restaurant and bar menus since the early noughties, and it’s clear to see why. 

Today, Cocktail Crates will explain why the pornstar martini has been a classic for over twenty years. If you want a high-class, low-cost way to make this drink at home, we offer a premium Pornstar Martini Cocktail Kit Gift Box that’s ideal for birthdays, hen do's or a stay-at-home cocktail-making night with friends.

What is a Pornstar Martini?

The emergence of the Pornstar Martini, a relatively modern cocktail first, resulted from experimentation by British bartender Douglas Ankrah in the late 1990s. 

Ankrah was reportedly working at The Townhouse bar, a well-known establishment in Knightsbridge, London when he experienced a moment of inspiration leading to this now-famous concoction.

According to Ankrah, the creation of this tantalising beverage came when a customer asked for a drink that was "different and sexy." After several attempts, Ankrah successfully formulated the recipe for the Pornstar Martini, which was an instant sensation among customers who flocked to the bar to sample its unique blend of flavours.

The ingredients used in the Pornstar Martini are vanilla vodka, passion fruit puree, and fresh lime juice, which are shaken with ice and strained into a classic martini glass. On the side, you should garnish the drink with a high-quality shot of Prosecco or Champagne. 

The idea behind the Pornstar Martini is to sip the initial cocktail and then chase it with a shot of bubbly. Interestingly, the name "Pornstar Martini" is thought to have originated from Ankrah's then-girlfriend, who said the drink was so sublime that it could make a pornstar forget their troubles. 

This label rapidly caught on, and the cocktail soon became a regular fixture in bars and restaurants across the globe.

Pornstar Martini Ingredients

To make the perfect Pornstar Martini, you'll need the following ingredients: 

  • 1 x 200ml Prosecco  ABV. 10.5% vol
  • 1 x 200ml Passion Fruit Juice
  • 2 x 100ml Vodka ABV. 40% vol
  • 1 x 60ml Passion Fruit Liquor ABV. 17% vol
  • 1 x 60ml Lime

Equipment Needed

You'll need the following equipment to make the perfect Pornstar Martini:

  • Cocktail shaker
  • Ice
  • Martini glass
  • Cocktail strainer
  • Jigger
  • Knife

Steps to Make a Pornstar Martini

Now that you have all your ingredients and equipment let's dive into how to make a Pornstar Martini.

Step 1: Add Ice to Your Cocktail Shaker

Start by adding ice to your cocktail shaker. Fill the shaker halfway with ice cubes.

Step 2: Add Vanilla Vodka

Next, add 1 1/2 oz of vanilla vodka to the cocktail shaker.

Step 3: Add Passion Fruit Puree

Add 1 oz of passion fruit puree to the shaker.

Step 4: Add Lime Juice

Add 1/2 oz of lime juice to the shaker.

Step 5: Add Simple Syrup

Add 1/2 oz of simple syrup to the shaker.

Step 6: Add Passion Fruit Liqueur

Add 1/2 oz of passion fruit liqueur to the shaker.

Step 7: Shake

Close the cocktail shaker and shake vigorously for about 15 seconds.

Step 8: Strain

Strain the cocktail into a martini glass using a cocktail strainer.

Step 9: Add Prosecco

Finally, add a splash of Prosecco to the top of the cocktail.

Step 10: Garnish

For the finishing touch, slice a fresh passion fruit in half and place it on the rim of the martini glass.

Tips for the Perfect Pornstar Martini

Here are a few tips to help you make the perfect Pornstar Martini:

  • Use fresh, high-quality ingredients for the best flavour.
  • Don't over-shake the cocktail, as this can make it too foamy.
  • Use a good-quality vanilla vodka to get the best flavour.
  • Use a cocktail strainer to prevent ice or fruit pulp from getting into the drink.


What is passion fruit puree?

Passion fruit puree is made by blending fresh or frozen passion fruit pulp with a small amount of sugar or simple syrup.

Can I use regular vodka instead of vanilla vodka?

While you can use regular vodka, vanilla vodka gives the drink a sweeter, more complex flavour.

What kind of Prosecco should I use?

Use a dry Prosecco, as it will complement the sweetness of the other ingredients in the cocktail.

Can I make a Pornstar Martini without the passion fruit liqueur?

Yes, you can make a Pornstar Martini without the passion fruit liqueur, but it won't have the same depth of flavour. If you can't find passion fruit liqueur, try using a different fruit liqueur like raspberry or peach.

Can I make a non-alcoholic version of the Pornstar Martini?

Yes, you can make a non-alcoholic version of the Pornstar Martini by substituting the vodka and Prosecco with non-alcoholic alternatives and using passion fruit syrup instead of the puree and liqueur.

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Now that you know the rich history of the Pornstar Martini, why not try making one at home?

If you want to sample this delicious, refreshing cocktail, our Pornstar Martini Box Set comes with all the ingredients and equipment needed to make it at your kitchen countertop bar. 

We include easy, step-by-step instructions so that you can put your mixologist skills to the test. It won’t be long before you and your loved ones are sat in the hot summer såun, sipping this world-renowned cocktail. Cheers!