The Gibson cocktail is a classic combination of gin and vermouth. It’s most complimented with a pickled onion, something we don’t see too often in cocktails.
The Origins of the Gibson Cocktail
The Gibson cocktail is a tough one to pin down history wise. The most common theory is that Charles Dana Gibson created it when he challenged a bartender to improve upon a standard martini, so the bartender used a pickled onion and named the drink after him. This cannot be confirmed of course but it certainly makes for a fun story regardless!
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.
- Dry Vermouth (should be clearly labelled as such)
- A Pickled Onion
To get started making your Gibson, follow these simple steps:
- Place two to three ice cubes in a Boston shaker or equivalent cocktail shaker.
- Add two and a half ounces of gin.
- Add half an ounce of dry vermouth.
- Shake until the shaker is cold to the touch.
- Pour into a Martini glass and add a pickled onion as pictured.
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. Try it and let me know what you think.
For this drink, you want to use a Martini glass but if you don’t have any available, you can also use a coupe such as the one pictured below. Since this is, however, a martini, it’s best to use that glass if available.
Some other great cocktails to try:
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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.
- Prep Time
- 5 minutes
- Total Time
- 5 minutes
- Karlynn Johnston
- 2 1/2 ounces gin
- 1/2 ounce dry vermouth (white)
- 1 pickled onion
Place 2-3 ice cubes in a Boston shaker or equivalent cocktail shaker.
Add 2.5 ounces of gin.
Add 1/2 an ounce of dry vermouth.
Shake until the shaker is cold to the touch.
Pour into a Martini glass and add a pickled onion as pictured.
For an alternative to this drink, try a Dirty Martini.
All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.