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06/17/2011 06:02 pm ET | Updated Jun 29, 2011

Vanilla Rum Drinks: 4 Drink Ideas From A Bartender

For inside tips on vanilla rum 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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Gianvito (Gianni) Bartucci's Picks

Vanilla Sky

How do you make it?

Ingredients:

1 1/2 ounces vanilla rum


Splash Blanc de Noir champagne


1 ounce fresh strawberry puree


Instructions:


Shake and strain ingredients into a martini glass with a sugared rim. Top with champagne and garnish with a fresh strawberry.

How would you describe its taste?

It is very heavy and sweet, almost like a dessert in a glass.

When is it best to drink?

On Valentine's Day it is a big hit among the ladies the whole weekend -- our number one seller!

Who drinks it?

Anyone, but given the sugary nature of a Vanilla Sky, women tend to order more of these cocktails.

Vanilla Rum & Cherry Coke

How do you make it?

Ingredients:

1 1/2 ounces vanilla rum


4 ounces Coke


Splash of grenadine


Instructions:


Pour ingredients over ice and stir.

How would you describe its taste?

A little sweet, but not too sugary.

When is it best to drink?

While relaxing after a hard day's work.

Who drinks it?

Men love this cocktail.

Vanilla Sunrise

How do you make it?

Ingredients:

1 1/2 ounces vanilla rum


4 ounces orange juice


Splash of grenadine


Instructions:


Pour ingredients over ice and stir.

How would you describe its taste?

It's a vanilla-cherry flavored cocktail.

When is it best to drink?

It's a good after-dinner drink.

Who drinks it?

Both men and women like this drink.

Vanilla Chocolate Drop

How do you make it?

Ingredients:

1 ounce vanilla rum


1 ounce Godiva dark chocolate liqueur


Splash of half and half


Instructions:


Put ingredients into a shaker. Shake and strain into a shot glass.

How would you describe its taste?

A mixture of chocolate and vanilla.

When is it best to drink?

It's a great shot for a birthday celebration.

Who drinks it?

Younger drinkers tend to go for this.

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Gianvito (Gianni) Bartucci

Photo: Courtesy of the James Hotel

Gianvito (Gianni) Bartucci

The James Hotel

55 East Ontario Street, Chicago, IL 60611

What are your favorite vanilla rum drinks?

Vanilla Sky and Vanilla Rum & Cherry Coke

What are your customers' favorite vanilla rum drinks?

Vanilla Sky is very popular at JBar. It is one of our best-selling cocktails.