March 10, 2016 – The Republic Steakhouse
Dash of dry vermouth
2 oz. gin
3/4 oz. vodka
Stir well with ice in a mixing glass. Strain into a chilled martinil glass and garnish with the onion.
Austin Reserve gin. A lovely dry martini, just with an onion. For me, the charm is in the provenance of this cocktail.
Several origin stories for the Gibson exist. According to one popular theory Charles Dana Gibson (the creator of the “Gibson girl” illustrations) is responsible for the creation of the Gibson cocktail, when he supposedly challenged Charley Connolly, the bartender of the Players Club in New York City, to improve upon the martini’s recipe. Apparently, Connolly simply substituted an onion for the olive and named the drink after the patron.
Another theory involves an apocryphal American diplomat who served in Europe during Prohibition. Although he did not drink alcohol himself, he often had to attend receptions where cocktails were served. To avoid an awkward situation, Gibson would ask the staff to fill his martini glass with cold water and garnish it with a small onion so that he could pick it out among the gin drinks. A similar story postulates a savvy investment banker named Gibson, who would take his clients out for the proverbial three-martini business lunches. He purportedly had the bartender serve him cold water, permitting him to remain sober while his clients became intoxicated; the cocktail onion garnish served to distinguish his beverage from those of his clients.
Yec’hed mat! (Breton)