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Frozen Vodka Drinks: 4 Drink Ideas From A Bartender

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For inside tips on frozen 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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J-sicle

How do you make it?

Ingredients:

1 1/2 ounces Grey Goose orange vodka

1/2 ounce Amaretto

1/2 ounce Patron Citronge

1/2 ounce orange juice 1 ounce cream


Instructions:

Blend ingredients in a blender with ice.
Serve in a Martini glass and garnish with an orange peel.

How would you describe its taste?

It is orange flavored and creamy, with a slight hint of almond.

When is it best to drink?

Usually summer. The J-sicle is often enjoyed as a dessert drink.

Who drinks it?

Women tend to drink it most, but anyone who would care to have a dessert-type cocktail can enjoy one.

Chee-Chee

How do you make it?

Ingredients:

2 ounces of Grey Goose vodka

5 ounces of pina colada mix


Instructions:

Blend ingredients in a blender with ice. Garnish with pineapple and cherry.

How would you describe its taste?

A Chee-Chee has a strong coconut and cream flavor to it.

When is it best to drink?

This is a good drink for a hot summer day.

Who drinks it?

Both men and women -- anyone who wants to be reminded of a Mexican vacation!

Vodka Slush

How do you make it?

Ingredients:

1 1/2 ounces vodka

1/2 ounce peach schnapps

2 ounces orange juice

2 ounces pineapple juice

1 ounce cranberry juice


Instructions:

Blend all ingredients in a blender with ice and serve in pint glass.

How would you describe its taste?

A tropical, pineapple-and-orange-flavored cocktail.

When is it best to drink?

It's great at a party, especially on a hot summer day.

Who drinks it?

Everyone, but it tends to please women more.

Baywatch

How do you make it?

Ingredients:

1 1/2 ounce vodka

1 ounce Galliano

4 ounces cream


Instructions:

Blend liquids in a blender with ice. Serve in a pint glass with a cherry garnish.

How would you describe its taste?

This is an orange cream-flavored drink.

When is it best to drink?

This is a good choice for a before-dinner drink when you are out with your friends.

Who drinks it?

This is a cocktail for both men and women.

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Photo: Photo courtesy of The James Hotel

Gianvito (Gianni) Bartucci

The James Hotel

What are your favorite frozen vodka drinks?

The Chee-Chee and the Creamsicle, specifically our version, called the J-sicle.

What are your customers' favorite frozen vodka drinks?

The J-sicle [is one popular drink].

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