Thursday, September 16, 2010
Thirsty Thursday: Gibson
Though not the most popular drink out there, the Gibson is a delicious and unique alternative to the traditional Martini. it was the preferred drink of famous Silent-film era comedian (and alcoholic)W.C. Fields.
The Gibson was conceived of at the legendary Players Club in New York City in the early 20's during prohibition, and was named after Charles Dana Gibson, creator of the iconic Gibson Girl representation of American Women at the turn of the century.
According to the story, Gibson challenged Charley Connolly, the bartender of the Players Club, to improve upon the Martini's recipe, so Connolly simply substituted an onion for the olive, added a lemon twist and named the drink after the patron.
A legend was born.
Subbing an onion and lemon twist for the traditional martini olive really gives this drink a unique taste, so much so, that there seems to be a loyalty among Gibson fans to the drink. Never order a Martini for a Gibson Girl (or guy), they just might punch you in the face.
1 and a half ounces Dry Gin (I recommend Tanqueray Ten)
1/2 ounce Vermouth
3 Pearl Onions
Shake Gin and Vermouth with ice in a shaker. Strain into a Martini glass and garnish with onions and a lemon twist. Enjoy!
Have a great Thursday everyone!