What Is a Porn Star Martini and Why Is it Popular in the Philippines?

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In a ranking of the world’s most popular cocktails, the first two are claimed by the margarita and mojito. Pretty standard and innocuous. Most of us have had them at one time or another. 

But then at third place is a head-scratcher: porn star martini.

What now?

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“Perhaps the youngest cocktail on the list, the porn star martini was invented back in 2002 in London,” the brief write-up reads. “Vodka and Passoã are paired with passion fruit juice and lime juice.”

What’s even more interesting is that, in a list of countries where the porn star martini is popular, the Philippines ranks fourth. The only places where the cocktail is more popular is India, United States, and the United Kingdom.

And if you search by country, the porn star martini is, supposedly, the most popular cocktail in the Philippines; more popular than standards like the mojito, margarita, bloody mary, and pina colada, which are all in the top five. 

How exactly did the drink come about?

History of the Porn Star Martini

According to the website Make Me a Cocktail, the drink was dreamed up in 1999 by a man named Douglas Ankrah, who co-founded LAB Bar in London, England. Ankrah started with three ingredients: vodka, Prosecco, and passion fruit. After a few tests, he was satisfied enough with the final product to introduce it to the world and called it the Maverick Martini. 

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But somehow, he wasn’t quite happy with the name. He ended up calling it with the much more provocative name: porn star martini. Why? He felt it was something that a porn star would drink. 

The moniker change was obviously effective: by 2018, the porn star martini was voted favorite cocktail in the United Kingdom.

That explains its origins. But that doesn’t exactly explain why it’s become popular in the Philippines.

A cursory Google search about the drink plus the Philippines reveals that popular local spirit brand Don Papa Rum might have had something to do with it. The brand launched a campaign earlier this year featuring new cocktails created by its mixologist Aaron Goodall. The cocktails include the Manila Kiss, which is a bright and floral twist on the classic Cosmopolitan; Chocolate Wonderland, or a layered, richly complex punch, packed full of flavours from the East and West; and the Malate Martini, which is Don Papa’s twist on—you guessed it—the porn star martini.

The campaign likely pushed searches for the cocktail to spike in the country, especially during the survey period. Fentimans, which conducted the study, looked at the number of hashtags associated with each cocktail on both Instagram and TikTok as well as global Google search data to discover monthly search volume. It also used a Twitter sentiment analysis tool to understand more about the positivity rating of each cocktail. Both numbers combined revealed what it believes to be the world's most popular cocktails.

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