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The Gibson cocktail is a classic combination of gin and vermouth. It’s most commonly complimented with a pickled onion, something we don’t see too often in cocktails.

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How to Make a Gibson Cocktail

To make a Gibson cocktail, you need a few simple ingredients. One of which is a pickled onion which should be found near the olives at your local grocery store. The Gibson can also be made with vodka as opposed to gin if you prefer.

  • Gin
  • Dry Vermouth (should be clear)
  • A Pickled Onion

Getting Started

To get started making your Gibson, follow these simple steps:

  1. Place 2-3 ice cubes in a Boston shaker or equivalent cocktail shaker.
  2. Add 2 1/2  ounces of gin.
  3. Add 1/2 ounce of dry vermouth.
  4. Shake until the shaker is cold to the touch.
  5. Pour into a Martini glass and add a pickled onion as pictured.
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Gibson Cocktail in a martini glass

These are great alternatives to the traditional martini. Here’s the recipe for the Dirty Martini. The original printing of this recipe was in a book from 1908 making this a cocktail that’s been around for quite some time.  Give it a try and let me know what you think.

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Gibson Cocktail
Prep Time
5 mins
Total Time
5 mins
 

The Gibson cocktail is a classic combination of gin and vermouth. It’s most commonly complimented with a pickled onion, something we don’t see too often in cocktails.

Course: cocktails
Cuisine: cocktails
Keyword: gibson cocktail
Servings: 1
Calories: 187 kcal
Author: Mr. Kitchen Magpie
Ingredients
  • 2 1/2 ounces gin
  • 1/2 ounce dry vermouth
  • 1 pickled onion
Instructions
  1. Place 2-3 ice cubes in a Boston shaker or equivalent cocktail shaker.

  2. Add 2 1/2 ounces of gin.

  3. Add 1/2 ounce of dry vermouth.

  4. Shake until the shaker is cold to the touch.

  5. Pour into a Martini glass and add a pickled onion as pictured.

Recipe Notes

For an alternative to this drink, try a Dirty Martini

Nutrition Facts
Gibson Cocktail
Amount Per Serving
Calories 187
% Daily Value*
Sodium 1mg 0%
Potassium 43mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 3g 1%
Sugars 1g
Vitamin C 2.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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I don't cook or bake but I do write. I'm the one who gets stuck with the cleaning. I ALSO love my kids, chocolate, my wife and bourbon. The order depends on when you ask. You can find me on Instagram@MrKitchenMagpie

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