The Ingredients

  • 2.5 oz. Beefeater Gin      

  • 1.5 oz Dry Vermouth¹       

  • 3 count Aunt Nellie's Onions 

  • A dash of onion juice     

The Directions
Put ice in empty martini glass. 
Add ice, gin and dry vermouth to cocktail shaker, turn gently 3 times. Let sit 5 minutes. 
Remove ice from the now chilled martini 🍸 glass. Replace with onions and juice. 

Strain contents of cocktail shaker into chilled martini glass.  

Enjoys like Cary did!

The Quote

Waiter on train:"A cocktail before dinner?”

Cary Grant: "Yes, a Gibson"

Waiter: "Very well"

Cary Grant: "Well, here we are again"

Eva Marie Saint:" Yes"

  • Ernest Lehman (from his screenplay North by Northwest)

The Story

Is a Gibson a martini with an onion instead of a olive? Or is it a completely different cocktail? 

I always thought the former, but after having a Gibson made by my Brother in Law using this recipe (and a little research) I wonder. Dave's Gibson has more dry vermouth that a typical martini, as do some other recipes. 

There are numerous theories how this cocktail originated and why it is named. I'm not going to cover any of that here.  

¹ Vermouth (which is a fortified wine) should be stored in the refrigerator. Buy in small bottles (or drink it in large quantities) as it loses something as it ages.