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Gibson Cocktail Recipe

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Gibson Cocktail

Gibson Cocktail

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A confusing history follows the Gibson. The standard story is that sometime in the 1930's, magazine illustrator Charles Dana Gibson asked Charlie Conolly at the New York's Players Club to make something different, so he added a cocktail onion to a Gin Martini.

However, there is another story that recently came out thanks to Charles Gibson. This story goes that Gibson's father's great uncle was the one that actually created this variation of the Martini in the late 1800's. He told me his story here...

So, what is a Gibson? Nothing more than a Gin Martini garnished with a cocktail onion or three (never an even number - that's bad luck) instead of an olive or twist. The result is a different undertone in the taste of the cocktail, from a briny olive to an earthy, light onion flavor.

As with the Martini, use a premium gin and vermouth, adjusting the ratio to your taste.

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Prep Time: 3 minutes

Total Time: 3 minutes

Yield: 1 Cocktail



  1. Pour the ingredients into a mixing glass with ice cubes.
  2. Stir well.
  3. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  4. Garnish with a cocktail onion.

The onion garnish also marries well with vodka when it replaces the gin.

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 5 out of 5
Why haven't I tried this before?, Member fkdiii

A great variation on a traditional martini with either a twist or olives. And with the 5:1 ratio it reinforces the superiority of a wet martini (as long as the vermouth is fresh and well-kept) compared with a dry. I'm surprised it's not more popular.

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