What is Passion Fruit Martini Day and How Do You Celebrate It?
It’s not every day we invent a day, so it must be pretty special when we do. We created Passion Fruit Martini Day to celebrate the UK’s favourite cocktail. Whether you know it as Pornstar Martini, a Maverick Martini, or something else entirely, find out what Passion Fruit Martini Day is and how you can celebrate it with your family and friends.
What is a Passion Fruit Martini?
A Passion Fruit Martini is made with vanilla vodka, fresh passion fruit, passion fruit liqueur and lime juice, served with a shot of Champagne or Prosecco on the side.
It also goes by a few other names because it took a few goes for the creator to land on a good one! The drink was invented in 1999 by Douglas Ankrah of The Townhouse in Knightsbridge. The story goes that he called it the Maverick Martini to begin with, after a dodgy club in Cape Town.
He changed the name to the more sensational Pornstar Martini, but it proved too provocative, so you’ll often find it listed under another name: the less controversial Passion Fruit Martini!
What is Passion Fruit Martini Day?
We invented Passion Fruit Martini Day to celebrate the UK’s favourite cocktail! Did you know that more than 64 million Passion Fruit Martinis have been poured in our country over the last three years? That’s more than 20% of all cocktails served in the entire UK!
And it’s not just us Brits that love a Passion Fruit Martini. A recent survey showed that it’s the most popular cocktail in 18 different countries, including India, Nepal and Afghanistan, as well as in South Africa and neighbouring Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia.
When is Passion Fruit Martini Day?
It’s May 28th, a date we picked because it’s usually close to the Bank Holiday so you’ve got even more time to celebrate! And whether you want to make drinks for yourself and your friends using our recipe page, or whether you’re happy to sit back and sip on one of our ready to drink cocktails, we’ve got you covered.
How should you celebrate Passion Fruit Martini Day?
However you want! That said, we’ve got a few ideas of our own.
Keep it simple
If the weather’s nice, there’s nothing stopping you from simply enjoying a few Passion Fruit Martinis with your friends and family. Use our ready to drink cocktails for a relaxed day, or liven up the party by setting up a cocktail-making area and challenge everyone to have a crack at making a cocktail themselves! (Don’t worry, our recipe page tells you exactly what to do.)
Go big or go home
Why not make an enormous Passion Fruit Martini? We celebrated the 15th birthday party of Douglas Ankrah’s LAB bar in 2014 by creating a record-beating Passion Fruit Martini with 70 litres of vanilla, passion fruit and vodka. That’s a lot of passion! You don’t have to go to such lengths yourself, but what’s the biggest cocktail you can make at home? Show us your snaps using the #PFMDay hashtag!
Just because the Passion Fruit Martini is a classic loved by millions, that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for experimentation. Try adding some of our cocktail syrups to the mix to add a new flavour.
For example, you might enjoy adding our jalapeño syrup if you’re feeling adventurous. Your friends will definitely enjoy filming your reaction; don’t forget to share the video using the #PFMDay hashtag so everyone can enjoy it!
Have a themed party
Don’t forget the other names for our beloved Passion Fruit Martini; they’re perfect for a themed party. Well, the Maverick Martini name is perfect, at least; everyone can dress up as Maverick, Iceman, or Goose. We’ll let you decide if the other name for a Passion Fruit Martini is good party theme material.
Have (responsible) fun
This is the most important part of Passion Fruit Martini Day. It’s a day we made up, and we did so purely so you’d have an excuse to crack out the cocktails and have a good time. If you’ve got any fantastic twists on the classic recipe, some hilarious snaps of the fun you’ve had, or a photo of an astounding-looking cocktail you made yourself, we’d love to see it. Share the fun using the #PFMDay hashtag so we can see what you’re up to.
Enjoy Passion Fruit Martini Day!
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