“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.

*An older account of the Gibson calls for equal parts gin and vermouth sin onion. The Savoy Cocktail Book (1930). Old Mr. Boston Bartender’s Guide (1948) provides for one third part vermouth to one part gin. The barrister is from out West and found the recipe above is what most common.

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