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Tropical Vodka Drinks: 4 Drink Ideas From A Bartender

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First Posted: 06/17/11 07:01 PM ET Updated: 06/28/11 06:12 AM ET

For inside tips on tropical vodka drinks, we talked to Gianvito Bartucci, the bartender at JBar in Chicago. Bartucci has been mixing drinks in the Windy City for more than 12 years, the last four at this popular bar at The James Hotel.

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Razz-mopolitan


How do you make it?

Ingredients:
1 1/2 ounce Stoli Razberi

1/2 ounce Cointreau

1/2 ounce lime juice

1 ounce cranberry juice



Instructions:
Put all ingredients into a shaker. Shake and strain into a martini glass. Use a fresh raspberry for garnish.

How would you describe its taste?

It is a raspberry flavored cocktail.

When is it best to drink?

At a bar or social event with friends.

Who drinks it?

This drink is geared more toward the female clientele.

Madras

How do you make it?

Ingredients:
1 1/2 ounces vodka

1 ounce cranberry juice

1 ounce orange juice



Instructions:
Stir together and serve in a rocks glass over ice.

How would you describe its taste?

It's a fruity cranberry and orange flavored cocktail.

When is it best to drink?

It's great in the summertime.

Who drinks it?

Both men and women enjoy the Madras. Men tend to drink this cocktail when they want to drink something light.

Vodka Bay Breeze

How do you make it?

Ingredients:
1 1/2 ounces vodka

1 ounce cranberry juice

1 ounce pineapple juice



Instructions:
Serve in a rocks glass over ice.

How would you describe its taste?

A Vodka Bay Breeze has lots of tropical pineapple -- with cranberry flavor.

When is it best to drink?

This is popular in clubs and at social events.

Who drinks it?

Younger drinkers tend to go for this drink.

White Gummy Bear

How do you make it?

Ingredients:
1 ounce raspberry vodka

1/2 ounce peach schnapps

Splash of Sprite

Splash of sour mix



Instructions:
Put all ingredients in a shot glass one at a time and serve.

How would you describe its taste?

It actually tastes like a white gummy bear!

When is it best to drink?

At a club where your friends are drinking shots.

Who drinks it?

Anyone celebrating with shots.


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Gianvito (Gianni) Bartucci

The James Hotel
55 East Ontario, Chicago, IL 60611

What are your favorite tropical vodka drinks?

The Razz-mopolitan and the Madras.

What are your customers' favorite tropical vodka drinks?

Ciroc Coconut with pineapple juice.

 

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