Classic Gibson Martini

This Classic Gibson Martini recipe is about as simple as it gets, and sometimes the classics are best! This gin martini is great for sipping on all year long!

Why are the classics the classics? Because they are perfect just the way they are. Classic cocktails like this Tom Collins drink recipe (also made with gin) or this fruity, tropical Piña Colada are always on our cocktail menu!

Gibson martini with onion garnish

A Classic Gin Martini Recipe

You know I love to take recipes and put my own twist on them. It’s one of the things I sit and think about all day long now, and all night long.

We’ve out spins on soup and turned them into pasta dishes like this Italian Wedding Meatball Pasta Bake. Or even taken a burrito and turned it into a dip that eats like a meal in this Layered Beef Burrito Dip.

Today I’m just showing you how to make a Classic Gibson Martini and I’m not going to mess with it at all, because it’s perfect just the way it is.

Classic Gibson Martini with pickled onions in martini glass

Ingredients To Make A Gibson Martini

All you need are three ingredients to make this famous cocktail recipe!

Gin: Good, good quality gin for this drink. When you’re making a cocktail with only 2 ingredients (plus garnish) you have to make sure you’re only using the best quality.

Dry Vermouth: Just a splash is all you need, grab vermouth at the liquor store the next time you stop in. A bottle should last you a long time! Vermouth gets stored in the refrigerator after opening, just fyi.

Cocktail Onions: Or pickled onions, you don’t have to snack on them if you don’t want to, but they do add a nice flavor to this gin martini so don’t leave them out.

Gibson Martini is a gin martini with onions

How To Make This Gin Martini Recipe:

A tip for making this martini super delicious is to have everything really chilled. Chill the glass and chill your shaker, even chill the gin first if you want to take it that extra step.

Those icy shards going through this martini when you first pour it is the best sip ever.

Just add the gin and vermouth to a cocktail shaker with ice and shake very well. Pour into a chilled martini glass, garnish with cocktail onions and serve!

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Classic Gibson Martini

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1x

Today we’re going old school. This Classic Gibson Martini recipe is about as simple as it gets, and sometimes the classics are best just the way they are!



  • 2 1/2 ounces gin
  • 1/2 ounce vermouth
  • cocktail onions for garnish


  1. Add the gin and vermouth to a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
  2. Shake well and strain into a chilled martini glass.
  3. Add cocktail onions for garnish and serve.
  • Category: Cocktails
  • Method: Stir
  • Cuisine: American

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