Kicking October into high gear, Soul Bar & Bistro has launched a month-long cocktail celebration, and everyone’s invited. But this is no ordinary celebration. In true Soul fashion, the Viaduct Harbour stalwart has put a decidedly playful spin on its convivial offering by shining a light on the iconic Pornstar Martini — a flirty and fun libation (often dubbed the ultimate party cocktail) and one of the top 10 cocktails globally since its inception two decades ago.
For those unfamiliar, here’s a little background on the Pornstar Martini. Created in 2002 by Douglas Ankrah of the famous Lab Bar in London, the original Pornstar Martini harnessed only four ingredients: vanilla vodka, vanilla sugar, passion fruit liqueur and passion fruit purée, and was served with a side of Champagne or prosecco in a shot glass. Ankrah allegedly wanted to create something “bold, sexy and playful” and his creation rapidly spread far and wide, with various iterations of the cheeky martini popping up all over the world in the ensuing decades. In 2018, it was named the UK’s favourite cocktail.
At Soul, the Pornstar Martini has long been something of a signature. Because, while the name of this particular cocktail might draw a few giggles around a table, it is also inevitably re-ordered in rounds once guests have sampled its deliciously fruity and effervescent nature.
Now, Soul has decided to put the Pornstar firmly in the spotlight this month, its clever bartending team led by Bar Manager Katie Cramphorn, creating a comprehensive Pornstar Martini menu that reimagines the cocktail in a variety of ways.
From Soul’s take on the original, made with Absolut vanilla vodka, passionfruit, pineapple, lime and bubbles, to its Pornstar Spritz, with added Malibu, candied pineapple and citrus, to its White Chocolate & Mango Pornstar, featuring white chocolate and mango alongside the usual ingredients and even a Millionaire’s Pornstar, which sees the classic martini served with Mumm Champagne and a bump of French caviar, the month-long special menu offers a range of ways to enjoy the sweet libation, whatever your flavour preferences. There’s even an alcohol-free version made with London Dry, passionfruit, pineapple, lime, egg white and bubbles.
Here for a good time, not a long one, Soul Bar & Bistro’s Pornstar Martini Month is on now until the end of October and is the perfect excuse for a night out, so get some friends together for a few celebratory tipples and let your hair down in style.