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The famous Martini cocktail is undergoing a revival thanks to its fruity and coffee counterparts.

The famous Martini cocktail is undergoing a revival thanks to its fruity and coffee counterparts.

With the original Martini recipe dating back to the 1870s,  the sharp cocktail has undergone a revitalisation with sweet cocktail lovers opting for a Pornstar Martini and coffee lovers embracing the Espresso Martini.

Named the UK’s number one trending cocktail and the second most ordered cocktail in the UK in 2017, the Pornstar Martini has soared in popularity, alike the Cosmopolitan during the 1990s,  with the drink now featuring predominantly on cocktail menus throughout the UK.

Alongside the passion fruit-based cocktail, the Espresso Martini is also experiencing a revitalisation as coffee cocktails begin to increase in popularity.

Before you sit back and sip on our recipes from the Mixology Brothers, brush up on your cocktail knowledge to learn the history of the Martini.

Pornstar Martini

The Pornstar Martini was created by London bartender Douglas Ankrah in 2002.

Looking to create a drink which personified the attributes he believed the environment of a bar should encapsulate - “bold, sexy and playful”.

The idea for the Pornstar Martini came to Douglas when he was in Cape Town frequenting a gentlemen’s club called Mavericks.  As it was during a visit he had the ‘eureka’ moment for the cocktail, the drink was originally referred to as the Maverick Martini. 

Shortly after, the ‘Pornstar Martini’ name was adopted by Douglas, due to the cocktail’s “evocative and tantalising” style.

Pornstar Martini Recipe:

  • 12.5ml Vanilla Syrup
  • 25ml Passion Fruit Liqueur
  • 37.5ml Vanilla Infused Vodka
  • 25ml Passion Fruit Puree
  • Dash Lime Juice

Garnish - Half a Passion Fruit

Method: Shake all ingredients together with ice then fine strain into a chilled Martini glass. Serve with a shot glass of Champagne (or Prosecco) on the side.

The Pornstar Martini Cocktail Box

Enjoy a Pornstar Martini at home without the hassle!

Our Pornstar Martini Cocktail Box features everything you need to enjoy two glasses of the famous cocktail with Renaissance vodka.


© The Mixology Brothers

Espresso Martini

Created in 1983 by London bartender Dick Bradsell, the Espresso Martini was originally named the Vodka Espresso.

According to the story of its origin, a famous model entered a Soho brasserie where Dick was working and asked him to shake up a drink that would “wake her up”. 

As there was a coffee machine next to the cocktail serving area, he decided to combine freshly made espresso with vodka, sugar syrup and coffee liqueur to create the cocktail.

However, beyond its creation, any cocktail served in a V-shaped glass was known as a Martini and so Dick later renamed the drink the Espresso Martini in 1998.

The cocktail is slowly rising in popularity in the UK after its shaking success in Australia and is tipped to lead the way for the next predicted cocktail trend, infusing coffee with cocktails.

Espresso Martini Recipe:

  • 25ml Espresso
  • 50ml Vodka
  • 25ml Coffee Liqueur
  • 25ml Sugar Syrup

Garnish - Coffee Beans

Method: Add all ingredients into a shaker with ice, shake then strain into a chilled Martini glass.

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