Sleep, Dine, Relax, Refresh, Celebrate Under One Roof


Photographer Paul Winch-Furness Read more

Weekend Lunch & Sunday Roast

11206983 Read more

Cocktails, Wines & Spirits

varsity-PWF-1802 Read more

Private Dining, Parties & Events

varsity-PWF-2900 Read more

The Roof Terrace

varsity-PWF-2273 Read more

Gift voucher

varsity-PWF-2385 Read more

The porn star martini is a passion-fruit-flavoured cocktail made with vanilla-flavoured vodka, Passoã, passion fruit juice, and lime juice. It is traditionally accompanied by a chilled shot glass of prosecco.

The porn star martini is regularly reported to be the most popular cocktail in the United Kingdom it was invented by Douglas Ankrah, owner of the LAB London bar in London, United Kingdom, in 1999.

Although the name has proved controversial, Ankrah has denied that he named it a “porn star” martini to be deliberately provocative. In interviews, Ankrah claimed he used the “porn star” name to evoke “a stylish and confident drink…[that’s]….pure indulgence, sexy, fun and evocative”. Ankrah has also denied being a fan of pornography, or idolising any porn stars in particular.

In 2019, British retailer Marks & Spencer renamed their tinned Porn Star Martini drinks to Passion Star Martini, following complaints that the name normalised pornography.

Back to Varsity