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Porn Star Martini

Porn Star Martini

“Two Porn Star Martini please.” And with that she walked off followed by her husband to a table further along the terrace and the three of us set about laughing in delight. You see this was the last thing any of us expected to hear as we sat on the bar terrace of the Hotel Riviera overlooking the Med. What was even less expected was that the words were spoken in a clear crisp posh English accent by an 80 something year old lady as her husband floated behind her. As she left, we got chatting to her and it turned out they’d been put on to the drink and developed a taste for them by their granddaughter. When they visited her a few months earlier in Liverpool, where she was studying, she’d been ordering them for her grandparents all night when she took them out on the town.

It may not be the oldest cocktail out there, it was created in 2002 by Douglas Ankrah at The Townhouse bar Knightsbridge, but the Porn Star Martini has become so popular that in 2018 it was named most popular cocktail of the year. On the face of it a vanilla, passion fruit and vodka mix with a prosecco chaser may not sound the most appealing of drinks to all. I must confess it didn’t to me. But it’s fun and it works, even if it’s not the same as the exquisite purity of, or has the punch of, a classic cocktail. Just be careful to make sure the passion fruit you use isn’t too sharp, it can ruin the drink, if you taste it before use and find it is too sharp try adding a little sugar or sugar syrup to reduce the sharpness.

Ingredients for 2

2 ripe passion fruits
60ml vanilla vodka
30ml passoa
1 tbsp lime juice
1 tbsp sugar syrup
2 shots of prosecco, to serve
Ice

N.B. If you don’t have vanilla vodka, you can use plain vodka and use vanilla sugar syrup instead of plain sugar syrup

Method

In a cocktail shaker put the seeds of one of the passion fruits, vodka, passoa, lime juice, sugar syrup and a handful of ice. Shake well, then strain into two martini glasses and top with the seeds of the remaining passion fruit. Serve with a shot of prosecco along side.