“Fasten your seatbelts. It’s going to be a bumpy night.” – Bette Davis as Gibson’s are passed around in “All About Eve” (1950)
The Gibson is a distinctly Western cocktail, as Eric Felten reports. The closer one got to Europe, in those days, the more vermouth one got in one’s Martini. To get the driest possible drink . . . you had to head West.
2 oz Dry Gin
1/3 oz French Vermouth
Shake Well with cracked ice and strain into a 3oz. cocktail glass. Twist of lemon peel and serve with 3 pearl onions.