Is The Pornstar Martini The TRUE Drink of the Summer?
While some are saying either The Hugo Spritz or the Limoncello Spritz are going to be the drink of Summer 2023, we are pushing for The PornStar Martini!
While we do love the idea of The Hugo Spritz, the Porn Star Martini is really having it moment and we think it deserves the crown! Originally said to be created by Douglas Ankrah, owner of LAB London Bar, the Pornstar Martini is a modern classic. Ankrah first dubbed it the Maverick Martini after the Maverick’s Gentleman Club in Cape Town, but he then changed the name to the Pornstar Martini as he thought of it as something a porn star would drink – and of course to get the raised eye-brow reaction! For that reason, along with the flavor profile of the cocktail, is why we love this drink. The Pornstar Martini was so popular that Ankrah even had his own Passion Fruit Liqueur!
The Pornstar Martini has been tremendously popular in the UK for many years, and now has increasingly been appearing on menus across the US this year (helping to push the overall martini craze! This falls in line with the massive trend of bringing back classic cocktails, as we have seen with the Negroni, Spritz and Old Fashioned (and all their variations), and of course the Espresso Martini.
The drink is made with vanilla vodka, passion fruit puree, passion fruit liqueur, lime juice, and simple syrup, and served with a sidecar of champagne or sparkling wine. Personally, we love it with a sidecar of champagne BUT we have seen a few recipes that note to “top with champagne,” and even some frozen variations.
The Pornstar Martini:
1 1/2 oz. Vanilla Vodka (such as Absolut)
1/2 oz. Passion Fruit Liqueur (such as Chinola)
1 oz. Passion Fruit Puree
1/2 oz. fresh lime juice
1/2 oz. vanilla simple syrup
2 oz. champagne or sparkling wine on the side
It is too early to call any of these drinks the true “drink of the summer” BUT we are looking forward to seeing more of the Pornstar Martini and watching it continue to trend.
*images from Absolut Vodka