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A Brief History of The Gibson
What you need to make this drink
Cocktail by: Tony Roehr
The Gibson: A Brief History
A cocktail onion is a pickled pearl onion. It’s common practice among bartenders to include a splash of onion brine in the cocktail, to reinforce the drink’s inherently savory notes.
Although still not as well known as its sister cocktail—the Dirty Martini—the Gibson is having a moment thanks to references in modern TV shows like Mad Men and The Queen’s Gambit.
“I find the onion slightly more refined than the olive.”
—The Queen’s Gambit
What You Need to Make This Drink
If you want a basic, universally awesome gin for direct cocktails, get yourself a bottle of Plymouth. Any London dry style gin would also work.
We use a really special bottle of amontillado called Palomino Fino Sherry (we know what you’re thinking… but despite it’s name this is an amontillado sherry, not fino). But if you can’t get your hands on a bottle, any amontillado sherry will suffice. Be sure to keep your opened fortified wines in the fridge!
Black Lemon Bitters
This is a game changer. The bright pop of citrus ties everything together and gives the Gibbs Cocktail a real edge. With a softer affect than fresh lemon oil, Black Lemon Bitters would make a fantastic addition to most martini variations.
Using a decent vermouth makes a huge difference in any martini. Dolin’s Dry Vermouth is a great go-to, but feel free to get nerdy with your fortified wine. Again, make sure to refrigerate after opening. A big reason many folks “don’t like vermouth” is because they’ve been served a poor quality, oxidized form of it.
Our favorite brand is Dirty Sue. When sourcing, make sure you invest in something with brine that’s just as good as the onions, since you’ll be using both. Better yet, experiment with making your own!
About The Gibbs Cocktail
Inspired by a traditional Gibson, but spiked with black lemon and amontillado sherry, this big and bright, savory cocktail is the perfect way to start an evening.
2 oz Gin London Dry Style
3/4 oz Dry Vermouth
1/4 oz Amontillado Sherry
1/4 oz Onion Brine
2 dashes Black Lemon Bitters