Drinks and Cocktails

Gibson Cocktail with Smoked Cocktail Onion

Gibson Cocktail with Smoked Cocktail Onion

I’ve always been smitten by the simple and somewhat neglected Gibson cocktail with its unique garnish. For those unfamiliar, it’s roughly similar to a Dry Martini (minus the Martini’s orange bitters), but festooned with a cocktail onion instead of an olive.

What would happen if the cocktail onion was homemade and graced with a puff of alder or oak smoke? Possibly my new favorite cocktail of the moment, that’s what. You might just agree as you marvel at that last briny, smoky sip… and start to wonder about your own “what if” drink recipe ideas.


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Gibson Cocktail with Smoked Cocktail Onion


  • 1 ounce dry / French vermouth (recommended: Dolin, Noilly Prat, Martini & Rossi)
  • 2 ½ ounces Plymouth gin
  • 1 Smoked Cocktail Onion, for garnish

Recipe Steps

1: Chill a coupe or martini glass in the freezer for at least 30 minutes. Add ice cubes to a mixing glass to about three-quarters full. Add the drink ingredients and stir smoothly for twenty rotations. Using a Julep or Hawthorne strainer, pour the drink into the chilled glass, then spoon out any stray ice chips that found their way in. Garnish with a smoked cocktail onion.

Recipe Tips

Keep vermouth refrigerated when not in use. It’s also delicious on its own, on the rocks with lemon twist.