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Once upon a time, for a Martini to be a Martini it HAD to contain bitters (a convention which we wholeheartedly support).
Early recipes for the Gibson such as William Boothby’s in the early 1900s simply omitted the bitters, and indeed any garnish – a true ‘naked’ Martini. Boothby’s full name for this drink is the ‘a la Charles Dana Gibson’, suggesting it was created for the San Franciscan illustrator famed for his ‘Gibson Girls’.
Anyway, as the Martini became more of an all-encompassing category rather than a specific drink, simply the absence of bitters was not enough to differentiate the Gibson.
The story goes that a couple of cocktail onions were added as a nod to its namesake and his popular sketches of heaving bosoms, and the Gibson we know today was formed!
As with all cocktail origin stories we encourage you to take this with a pinch of salt (or a splash of brine)
But we can think of worse ways to spend World Martini Day than celebrating curves of all shapes and sizes and crunching down on some gin-soaked pickled onions, so we’re very excited about our collaboration with Spring Gully Foods to bring you Never Never Botanical Infused Cocktail Onions.
The onion maketh the Gibson, and the Gibson maketh your night, so get mixing!