How to Make T.G.I. Friday's Friday's Martini

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T.G.I. Friday's Friday's Martini

T.G.I. Friday’s diners who enjoy classic cocktails might want to learn how to make T.G.I. Friday’s Friday’s Martini recipe. Traditional martinis are made with gin or vodka. T.G.I. Friday's version can also utilize dry vermouth or gin as desired. Since the martini is a very simple drink to prepare, home bartenders can make it in just a few minutes.

The history of the martini is a colorful one. According to some stories, the martini was invented during the 1800s “Gold Rush” in San Francisco, California. Supposedly, a miner travelling through Martinez, California stopped at the local bar and asked for champagne. Since the restaurant didn’t have any, the bartender put together a “Martinez Special”, which was made with dry Sauterne wine, gin, ice, and an olive.[1]

Start to finish: 5 minutes (Active time: 5 minutes)

Serves: 1

Tgi7.jpgFlickr: inazakira
Offered by T.G.I. Friday’s
Customer service phone 1-800-FRIDAYS[2]
Served as Drink
Main ingredients Gin or vodka, vermouth
Cooking method Mixing
Similar to Martini
Author Selena Robinson

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T.G.I. Friday’s Friday’s Martini Ingredients

  • 2 ounces gin or vodka
  • 1 dash dry vermouth
  • 2 extra large green olives with pimientos
  • Ice cubes

Recipe adapted from recipe originally published by T.G.I. Friday’s[3]

T.G.I. Friday’s Friday’s Martini Recipe

  1. Chill the serving glass by either placing the glass in the freezer for half an hour or by filling it with ice cubes and water for one minute.[4]
  2. Add a few ice cubes to a cocktail shaker that features a strainer.
  3. Pour 2 ounces of gin or vodka into the shaker.
  4. Add the dry vermouth to the gin or vodka.
  5. Screw the lid on the shaker tightly and shake approximately 20 times. This will chill, mix and add ice chips to the drink.
  6. Remove the chilled glass from the freezer or empty the ice water from the glass.
  7. Use the strainer to pour the drink into the serving glass.[5]
  8. Spear olives and place them into the drink as a garnish.
  9. Serve immediately.

How to Make the Perfect Martini

This martini video recipe features the drink’s traditional ingredients, including gin, vermouth, and olives.


  • Since the martini uses so few ingredients, the way many cooks put their special touch on the drink is in the way they prepare it. Some prefer to stir the drink together instead of shaking it in a drink mixer. Others might garnish it with lemon twists, rather than green olives.[4] If you decide to use a lemon twist as garnish, run the lemon peel over the rim of the glass before serving.[6]
  • Consider serving the martini "over the rocks", that is, over ice cubes for a slightly different variation.[5]
  • Rather than including the vermouth in the finished drink, try simply swirling it around the glass and then pouring out the excess before adding the gin.[7]
  • For the best taste, chill the vodka before using.[7]
  • Once home cooks learn to duplicate this T.G.I. Friday’s cocktail, they might want to try other specialty drinks such as the Appletini, a martini made with sour green apple liqueur, or an Espresso Martini, a martini with coffee liqueur and white crème de cacao.

Also See: How to Make T.G.I. Friday's Appletini, How to Make T.G.I. Friday's Espresso Martini, How to Make T.G.I. Friday's Cafe Toledo, How to Make T.G.I. Friday's Cape Codder, How to Make T.G.I. Friday's Cosmopolitan


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