Why the name, though?
The now-famous cocktail was created in the early 2000s by bartender Douglas Ankrah. This visionary decided to combine three of the most popular flavors of the time (vodka, Prosecco, and passionfruit) in one drink. According to urban legend, Ankrah actually initially named the cocktail the ‘Maverick’. This name was inspired by the moniker of a ‘gentlemen’s club’ in Cape Town, where he was beguiled by a stripper’s perfume.
However, the name didn’t quite take off, so he renamed the fruity Martini, which is served with a shot. Wanting something provocative, he chose ‘Pornstar Martini’ because he said it looks like something a pornstar would order. Whether you believe this slightly tall tale or not, the cocktail certainly has star appeal. It’s no wonder it’s consistently featured on the world’s best cocktail lists.
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How to make & drink a Pornstar Martini
This drink may seem a little tricky to shake up at home, we know. However, even though there is a certain amount of theater in the mix, it’s easier than you might think. All you need are SKYY Vanilla Vodka, passionfruit liqueur, fresh passionfruit purèe, lime juice, a cocktail shaker filled with ice, and a chilled cocktail glass. Oh, and some bubbly, of course!
Unlike the Classic Martini, the Pornstar is a Martini in name (and glass) only. Served with a Prosecco sidecar, it’s not your typical martini experience. So how do you drink it?
For the most part, people toss the Prosecco into the cocktail and drink everything together. Others enjoy the Prosecco in between sips of the Martini. Some say you should knock back the sidecar after the cocktail. And then there are the ‘purists’ who say that the only way to drink a Pornstar Martini is to scoop out and eat the passionfruit garnish, drink the Prosecco, and then sip the cocktail at your leisure. Which way will you enjoy it?
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