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A Gibson is exactly the same as a Martini, only garnished with cocktail onions, which are pickled pearl onions, about the size of a marble.  Along with the typical salty qualities, these also have a touch of sweetness, and the best them retain a little crunch.  Basically they are cocktail garnish crack.  


As you might imagine, a “Dirty Gibson” is a Gibson with the addition of the onion brine. Unlike Dirty Martini’s, which aren’t really my thing, I’ll go for a Dirty Gibson any day.  In fact I actually prefer them that way.  The gives has an appealing brightness that reminds me of white balsamic vinegar (yum!). Also, like a traditional Martini, a Gibson can be made with you choice of gin or vodka.  I personally recommend gin.



  • 2½ oz gin or vodka

  • ¾ oz dry vermouth

  • teaspoon onion brine -  optional

Combine all ingredients in a chilled mixing glass.  Fill with ice, stir for 18-25 seconds, strain into a chilled coupe or martini glass. Garnish with cocktail onions.

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If you make a Gibson, let me see!  Tag a photo with #socialhourcocktails on Instagram.

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