Gibson

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Cocktail History

The Gibson is a classic gin cocktail that is believed to have been created by and named for Walter D.K. Gibson at Bohemian Club in San Francisco, California in the 1890s. The recipe is considered the cousin of the Martini because it is also made with gin and dry vermouth, but it calls for savory cocktail onions instead of an olive as its garnish. Although less popular than some other classics, the Gibson has recently become popular again thanks to it being the drink of choice for prodigy chess player Beth Harmon and her adoptive mother in the hit show The Queen’s Gambit.

Cocktail Ingredients

To make this cocktail, you’ll need the following ingredients:

Gin: This is the base spirit. We chose Broker’s Premium London Dry Gin because it’s versatile, high-proof, and a chameleon that adds the distinct flavor of juniper while still allowing the other flavors to shine. 

Dry Vermouth: This is a fortified wine that adds sweetness. We used Dolin Dry Vermouth de Chambéry because it’s light and airy.

Orange Bitters: This adds a bit of the citrus’s sweet flavor for more complexity. We used Scrappy’s Bitters Orange Bitters because they offer the classic taste of bitter oranges, herbs, and spices.

Cocktail Onions: These are miniature pickled vegetables that are used as the garnish. They add savory flavor between sips.

Tasting Notes

The Gibson features a spicy gin taste that’s nicely complemented by the slight sweetness of vermouth, tart citrus of bitters, and crunch of the onions.

Our Opinion of This Cocktail Recipe: Although still a little too strong for Kendall, she thoroughly enjoys cocktail onion garnishes now. On the other hand, this is now one of Alex’s top five favorite cocktails. It’s definitely a good celebratory sip post “checkmate”… or consolation drink after a loss, which is probably more likely for us when it comes to chess.

Recipe

This cocktail recipe was adapted from The Essential Cocktail Book: A Complete Guide to Modern Drinks by the editors of PUNCH and Megan Krigbaum.

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AuthorThe Essential Cocktail BookPrep Time5 minsRating

Ingredients
 2 ½ oz London Dry Gin
 ½ oz Dry Vermouth
 2 dashes Orange Bitters
 3 Cocktail Onions

Method
1

Add gin, dry vermouth, orange bitters, and ice to a mixing glass.

2

Stir for 30-45 seconds.

3

Strain into a cocktail glass.

4

Garnish with onions.

Ingredients

Ingredients
 2 ½ oz London Dry Gin
 ½ oz Dry Vermouth
 2 dashes Orange Bitters
 3 Cocktail Onions

Directions

Method
1

Add gin, dry vermouth, orange bitters, and ice to a mixing glass.

2

Stir for 30-45 seconds.

3

Strain into a cocktail glass.

4

Garnish with onions.

Gibson

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More Classic Cocktails

If you like this classic cocktail recipe, here are a few others we’ve tried that you may enjoy:

Vesper Martini: A gin and vodka cocktail made with Lillet Blanc and a lemon twist

Manhattan: A whiskey cocktail made with sweet vermouth, orange bitters, an orange peels, and a cherry

 Brooklyn: A rye cocktail made with dry vermouth, maraschino liqueur, and Amer Picon

Martinez: A gin cocktail made with sweet vermouth, cherry liqueur, and orange bitters

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