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Porn Star Martini: Marks and Spencer renames cocktail over sexual connotations

It will be known as a Passion Star Martini as the original name would "open the floodgates" to more suggestively-titled cocktails.

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Marks & Spencer has been forced to rename its Porn Star Martini Cocktail over its sexual connotations.However as a Portman Group co-signatory, we respect the ruling and will be changing the name to Passion Star Martini.”

pornstar - Passion Star Martini

What is a Pornstar Martini Cocktail?

History and background

The Pornstar Martini is a real modern classic and probably one of the most successful cocktails to have been invented in the 21st century. It’s a cocktail that, since its creation in 2002, has found worldwide appreciation. The legendary bartender Douglas Ankrah invented this vodka cocktail behind the bar at The Townhouse Bar in Knightsbridge, London. He allegedly initially named the cocktail the ‘Maverick Martini’, after a dingy club in Cape Town, South Africa. The cocktail quickly gained popularity under the more catchy name of ‘Pornstar Martini’, which alludes to the passion fruit in the drink. If you use your imagination, the ritual involved in consuming this cocktail can be considered rather sensual: you scoop out half a passion fruit, down a shot of decadent champagne and are then treated to a sweet and fruity cocktail.

Flavour

The Pornstar Martini is a real crowd-pleaser: very few people will be turned off by its vanilla and passion fruit flavours. The Pornstar is often seen as a girly drink, most popular with women, and although we don’t have the statistics to back it up, this stereotype is most likely true. A good Pornstar Martini starts with a deliciously fresh scoop of half a passion fruit and a shot of sparkling wine, followed by a fruity, fresh and sweet balance of passion fruit, vanilla and lime. When it comes to flavour, the Pornstar Martini doesn’t have much in common with the original Martini, but the Martini part of the name means that this drink is always exclusively served in a Martini glass

Pornstar Star Martini cocktail

How to make a Pornstar Martini Cocktail?

Pour all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker and fill it with ice. Shake the cocktail for around 10 seconds and fine strain it into a chilled Martini glass. Float one half of a passion fruit in the cocktail. Pour the sparkling wine into the shot glass and serve it on the side of the cocktail.

What bar tools do you need to make a Pornstar Martini?

  • Shaker
  • Strainer
  • Fine
  • Strainer
  • Jigger

Pornstar Martini cocktail Garnish

Half a passion fruit and a shot of sparkling wine on the side

Variation 1: Basis spirit
Switch out the base spirit(s). Make a Pornstar Margarita with tequila instead of vodka, 15 ml Bols Triple Sec and 15 ml Passoã. You can make a Ginger Pornstar by switching out the Passoã passion fruit liqueur for Bols Ginger. The new Bols Pineapple Chipotle provides a sour edge and adds more depth to the cocktail. It can be used as a replacement for some of the Passoã and/or the passion fruit juice.

Variation 2: Side serve
Swap the sparkling wine for a different kind of shot. Try a shot of fresh apple cider, a very fruity witbier or an IPA

Marks and Spencer (M&S) has been forced to rename its Porn Star Martini drink because of its sexual connotations.

The tinned cocktail will be known as a Passion Star Martini after a complaint the original name would “open the floodgates” to other suggestively-titled cocktails was upheld.

Drinks industry body The Portman Group, which promotes sensible alcohol consumption, said it would need to rebrand the cocktail following a complaint from a member of the public.

The Group’s independent complaints panel told M&S it did not need to use the original name as other retailers and online cocktail recipes referred to the drink by names such as passion fruit martini.

An M&S spokeswoman said Porn Star Martini was a “common name for a passion fruit cocktail drink”.

 

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