Last Monday, the bf and I made the trek to Allen to visit every hunter’s Mecca (Cabela’s, of course), and were faced with the nearly unsurmountable decision of deciding where to eat on the way back. We agreed on TGI Friday’s on 75 at Park, bedded down at the bar, and ordered a couple of drinks.
TGI Friday’s debuted a new menu on May 14. Some new food items (of course), but some great new cocktail offerings make new menu. I had the chance to try the new offerings at Little Fridays during my brand immersion last month, and there some good stuff there.
I started with the Grey Goose Cooler (Grey Goose Vodka, St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur, lime juice, lemon juice, cane sugar, peach purée, fresh basil, lime, and Sprite), and it was the perfect drink to enjoy on a balmy summer night. I’ll be using the recipe myself if I can only summon the energy to put as much effort into it as the TGIF bartenders! For the most part, their drinks aren’t too strong, but they are well balanced and the ingredients really shine.
We ordered a couple appetizers and dinner (yes, we left full and with plenty of leftovers), which had to include their newly revamped Broccoli Cheese Soup. I had the Spice Craft Beer-Cheese Burger, which was pretty damn delicious, from the perfect pink center to the drippy beer-cheese sauce and fried jalapeños.
My second drink (that, quite honestly, packed enough punch that it was my last) was the Peach Honey Smash (Jack Daniel’s Whiskey, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey, fresh mint, peach purée, citrus juices, and a peach slice). It’s on the new menu, and teeeeechnically wasn’t available yet, but I convinced our bartender, Nick, to make it for me. It was … delicious. I do love my bourbon, and this was delightfully full of it. They serve some of their drinks over pellet ice, which any Texan simply calls “Sonic Ice”, and I kind of love that.
We were treated to a few of Nick’s bottle tricks (aka “flair”), which weren’t too shabby. (Stay tuned for a peek at my tricks soon!) If you want to see some serious bartending skills, TGI Friday’s holds the World Bartending Championship competition each year around February, which starts on the store level. Check your local TGIF to see when theirs will be held. (The store at Park & 75’s event is on June 12.)
***This is a sponsored post and part of my TGI Fridays Embassadors program.****