Gibson Cocktail



The Gibson is a classic Martini variation that stands out with its unique garnish of a pickled onion. Made with gin and dry vermouth, this cocktail offers a savory twist to the traditional Martini experience.
While the exact origin of the Gibson is uncertain, it is believed to have been created by Walter D.K. Gibson in the late 1800s at the Bohemian Club in San Francisco. The cocktail appeared in William Boothby's 1908 book, omitting the use of bitters that were common in early Martinis. The signature cocktail onion became associated with the Gibson in later years.
Traditionally, gin is the spirit of choice for a Gibson, but vodka has also become popular as preferences evolved. The choice between the two spirits allows you to tailor the character of your Gibson. Gin brings a dry and bracing quality, while vodka takes a more subdued role, allowing the other ingredients to shine.
One way to elevate your Gibson is by making your own pickled onions. This simple process involves soaking or cooking cocktail onions in a brine of vinegar, sugar, and pickling spices. Homemade pickled onions provide a fresh and crunchy garnish, adding depth and complexity to your drink compared to store-bought alternatives. Once you have your pickled onions ready, all you need is gin, dry vermouth, and you can enjoy the distinct flavors of this classic Martini variation.
Experiment with the Gibson to find your preferred balance of gin or vodka, vermouth, and the delightful tang of pickled onions. Cheers to enjoying this timeless cocktail with its distinctive twist.

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Prep Time 3 minutes
Total Time 3 minutes

Ingredients – What’s in it?

Adjust Servings 1 serving

Instructions – How to make it:

  • Stir Gin and vermouth over ice cubes in a mixing glass. Strain into a cocktail glass. Add the cocktail onions and serve.


Calories: 124kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 0.1g | Saturated Fat: 0.03g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.02g | Sodium: 223mg | Potassium: 133mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin C: 5.8mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 0.2mg

Course Beverage, Cocktail
Cuisine Beverage, Cocktail, Drinks