Easy Pawn Star Martini recipe – A simple yet delicious cocktail recipe

Easy Pawn Star Martini recipe (or Pornstar Martini) is undoubtedly amongst the UK’s most favorite cocktails. Love it or hate it, we can’t deny the fact that the Pawn Star Martini still remains one of the most ordered cocktails in the country. For many people, this passion fruit cocktail is definitely irresistible thanks to the zingy flavors. And most importantly, it’s an easy recipe that everyone can make at home.

The story of Pawn Star Martini

The origins

Pawn Star Martini was invented by a mixologist called Douglas Ankrah. Not only being the creator of this stylish cocktail, he was also the master behind Townhouse and LAB – the two iconic bars in London.

Inspired by Maverick’s Gentleman Club, the cocktail is originally named “Maverick Martini”. The idea to make the cocktail is described by Ankrah as a “complete accident”. The eureka moment appeared while he was working on opening the London bar Townhouse and working on his book called “Shaken and Stirred”. Ankrah wanted to invent a drink that embodied 3 qualities which bars should represent: bold, sexy and playful.

Douglas Ankrah is the creator of the iconic Pornstar Martini cocktail or easy Pawn Star Martini recipe
Douglas Ankrah is the creator of the iconic Pornstar Martini cocktail or easy Pawn Star Martini recipe

On his way to London, Ankrah changed the cocktail’s title to Pornstar Martini. It’s an alluring, evocative and cheeky name, which was given to the drink simply because Ankrah believed it’d be something a pornstar would choose.

When Pornstar Martini first unveiled in 2022, it quickly became an overnight sensation. And as a result, Townhouse and LAB also turned into two huge hotspots in the cocktail revolution of London. In the early noughties, the cocktail was the definition of everything chic about London.

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What it’s made of

Although named as Pornstar Martini, it’s just a martini only in name. It’s made with Passoa liqueur, vanilla-flavored vodka, passion fruit puree and a touch of vanilla sugar. All of this ingredients help to create the cocktail’s decadent texture. Once mixed, the cocktail is garnished with a passion fruit shell that is cut in half. It’s also served with Champagne or Prosecco on the side for a perfect presentation.

Modern Classic easy Pawn Star Martini recipe

The drink’s provocative name might be troublesome sometimes. That’s why in 2019, M&S had to name their canned version of Pornstar Martini to Passion Star Martini. However, the surprising thing about this cocktail not only lies in its name, but also its long-lasting reign.

Two decades have passed from its first creation, and Pornstar Martini still remains one of the most loved drinks in the UK. Other brands are also joining the bandwagon, such as Passionfruit and Vanilla Blossom Gin under BLOOM’s brand or Eden Mill’s Maverick Martini. Whatever the name, Douglas Ankrah’s cocktail invention still lives on.

Ankrah himself, however, doesn’t seem so surprised. He describes the drink as an “ultimate party cocktail”. In 2019, the drink became hassle-free as it was bottled and joined the ready-to-drink market. This gave everyone who loves Ankrah’s original recipe the chance to enjoy it comfortably at home.

Pornstar Martini cocktail became hassle-free as it was bottled and joined the ready-to-drink market
Pornstar Martini cocktail became hassle-free as it was bottled and joined the ready-to-drink market

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Step by step easy Pawn Star Martini recipe

You’ll find many variants of this recipe while doing research on the Internet. However, the recipe we would like to share with you below is the original one. To recreate the modern classic Pornstar Martini, you’ll need the following ingredients:


  • Champagne (35ml)
  • Vanilla sugar (2 teaspoon)
  • Apple juice (25ml)
  • Passion fruit puree (25ml)
  • Passoã (25ml)
  • Vodka (25ml, use Grey Goose La Vanille for original recipe)
  • Passion fruit shell (cut in half)


Step 1: Chill a cocktail glass by placing it in the freezer (for about 30 minutes or more). Or you can give the cocktail a quick chill by filling it with soda water and crushed ice (about 1 minute or so). Discard the soda water and the ice before pouring in the cocktail.

Step 2: In a cocktail shaker, mix together the passion fruit puree, vanilla sugar, apple juice, Passoã and vodka. Shake with ice vigorously.

Step 3: Strain the mixture into the cocktail glass (already chilled). Use passion fruit shell as garnishment for the cocktail. Serve the Pornstar Martini immediately with one shot of champagne or prosecco. Enjoy!

Tips and tricks for easy Pawn Star Martini recipe

  • You can replace the passion fruit liqueur with Vok Advokaat – a brandy-style liqueur.
  • If vanilla sugar is not available in your kitchen pantry, you can use sugar syrup instead. In a small saucepan, pour in 1/2 cup water and 1 cup sugar. Then stir well over medium heat until the sugar dissolves completely and thickens slightly (about 3 minutes).
  • You can also make the Pornstar Martini without a cocktail shaker. Nevertheless, the drink will probably not taste as good as when it’s made with a shaker.
  • Traditionally, the drink is served in Martini glasses. However you can use cocktail glass or coupe glass, whichever fits your preference.

This easy Pawn Star Martini recipe with Passoa is definitely a contemporary classic that you can easily make in just less than 5 minutes. Hopefully with the step by step guide above, you’ll not only learn about the original Pornstar Martini recipe but your cocktail making skills will also be improved in a certain way. Don’t forget to look up Bourbon O’s website for more cocktail and drink ideas!

By Johny

Meet Johny, our exceptionally talented bartender at Bourbono. With an unquenchable thirst for knowledge and an innate ability to mix the perfect drink, Johny is the heart and soul of our establishment’s bar. In addition to his skillful bartending, he also contributes to the Bourbono blog, sharing his love for all things food-related but with a particular passion for beverages and the art of bartending.

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