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Australian Gourmet Traveller cocktail recipe for the Gibson.

By Pat Nourse
  • Serves 1

Named for American illustrator Charles Dana Gibson, a Gibson is simply a Martini garnished with two pickled onions rather than with olives or a lemon twist. Today's cocktail glasses are often larger than those popular in decades past. Don't feel you need to fill them; the second of two smaller Martinis will be much more enjoyable than the tepid second half of a single large cocktail. Pictured with caviar with herb sandwiches.


  • 60 ml gin
  • 10 ml dry vermouth
  • 2 pickled cocktail onions skewered on a toothpick


  • 1
    Add gin and vermouth to a shaker or bar glass half-filled with ice. Stir well, strain into a chilled cocktail glass, garnish with pickled onions and serve without delay.
  • Author: Pat Nourse