The Celluloid Pantry: Gibson Cocktails and All About Eve (1950)

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[Beginning this week, we’ll be rerunning some favorites from The Celluloid Pantry while Nora enjoys a writer’s residency at the Millay Colony for the Arts. We’ll be back with all-new posts December 4.]

A crisp and delicious gin-based cocktail, the Gibson has a dramatic past.

In the 1930s, the magazine illustrator, Charles Dana Gibson stopped in for a drink at the New York Players Club, an elegant social club for people of the theater. When Gibson asked the bartender make something “a little different,” he mixed up a concoction of gin and vermouth identical to a Martini in nearly all respects. The difference, however, was the garnish. Like a brilliant understudy, a cocktail onion stood in for the olive, winning over a new fan base.

In All About Eve (1950), veteran stage actress Margo Channing (Bette Davis), fears she will be usurped by her starry-eyed young protégé, Eve Harrington (Anne Baxter). Always eager to help her idol, the fresh-faced Eve has become involved in all aspects of Margo’s life—including, Margo fears, her fiancé, Bill (Gary Merrill).

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Gibson
makes one cocktail

1 3/4 oz. gin
1/2 oz. dry vermouth
pearl cocktail onion

Combine the gin and vermouth in a shaker over ice. Shake and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a pearl onion.

Originally posted June 13, 2006

Nora

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