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The Gibson Cocktail consists of Gin, Dry Vermouth, and Cocktail Onions.

Gin Martini Cocktail with Onions as the Garnish.


History of the Gibson Cocktail

"There have been many theories about the name “Gibson.” The 1904 date rules out other Gibsons and tends to favor illustrator Charles Dana Gibson, famous for his ‘Gibson Girl” illustrations.

It is often claimed that the “Gibson cocktail” was invented at the Players’ Club in the 1930s or at the Old Waldorf Bar (the usual suspect). Gibson illustrated for many national magazines based in New York; any bar could have come up with this cocktail name."

Historical References

26 June 1904, Atlanta (GA) Constitution

Dinner This Evening.

This evening at the Piedmont hotel, from 6 to 8 o’clock, the usual elaborate dinner will be served.

  • Anchovy Baskets
  • Gibson Cocktail
  • Little Neck Claims
  • Olives

13 February 1914, Los Angeles Times

"Pearlie is an authority on Egyptian cigarettes and knows exactly how much vermouth to mix in her Gibson cocktail — in fact she is a thoroughly modish and accomplished woman of fifteen summers and several hard falls, but thus far she has been overlooked by the great family journals and there has been no printer’s ink illumination with Pearlie’s toe flickering in the air like a pinwheel."

"The Ideal Bartender" by Tom Bullock (1917)

Gibson Cocktail

Use a large mixing glass with a lump of ice.

  • 1 jigger Gordon Gin
  • 1 pony French vermouth

Stir; strain and serve in cocktail glass

Onion Cocktail

  • 1 jigger Burnette's Tom Gin
  • 1/2 (jigger) Italian vermouth and no bitters added

Large bar glass with cracked ice and stir well. Strain and serve with an onion.

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