Gibson and Martini are two of the most popular types of liquor in the world. Both are liquors that originated in Italy and both have a very strong taste. However, there are also some key differences between the two.
What are the differences between Gibson and Martini? The main difference is that Gibson is made from grapes while vermouths like Martini use various botanical ingredients such as wormwood, gentian root, lemon zest, cloves, and cinnamon bark to give them their unique flavor. Another difference between the two drinks is how they are garnished when served chilled: Gibson uses a cocktail onion for its garnish while olive or a lemon twist is used for martinis. Gibson is also less alcoholic than Martini and has a much sweeter taste than Martini.
In this article we will take a historical tour of Gibson liquor and Martini liquor; and also discuss some popular variations and preparations procedure.
History Of Gibson And Martini
Gibson liquor was created in 1894 by Edmund Gibson. Gibson was a London wine merchant who became inspired to create his type of brandy after tasting cognac for the first time. Martini liquor, on the other hand, has a much longer history that dates back to 1757 when Antonio Benedetto Carpano invented vermouth.
Both Gibson and Martini have become very popular throughout the years and are now enjoyed all over the world. However, Gibson is more popular in Europe while Martini is more popular in North America.
“Gibson is a good drink for those who are not used to drinking alcohol.” — William Gibson.
“If you’re going to be able to look back on something and laugh about it, you might as well laugh about it now.” — Marie Osmond, on Martini.
LEARN MORE: What Is The Difference Between A Dry Martini And A Wet Martini?
Prepare Your Gibson Liquor At Home
- 2 1/2 ounces gin
- 1/2 ounce dry vermouth
- 1 or 3 cocktail onions, for garnish
In a shaker with cracked ice, combine the gin, vermouth, and onions. Shake well and strain into a chilled glass. Garnish with the onions.
Prepare Your Martini Liquor At Home
- vodka or white rum
- dry vermouth
- olives or lemon twist for garnish
In a cocktail shaker filled with cracked ice, combine two parts gin, vodka, or white rum to one part dry vermouth. Add a few olives or a lemon twist for garnish. Shake well and strain into a chilled glass. Serve immediately.
LEARN MORE: What Alcohol Is Used In A Martini?
Popular Variations Of Gibson Liquor
- Gibson Martini: Gibson liquor is a type of cocktail made with gin, vermouth (dry), and onions for garnish. It’s typically served in a chilled glass or over ice cubes. Gibson Martini can also be prepared at home by mixing two parts vodka/rum to one part dry vermouth; add three cocktail onions as garnish if desired.
- Gibson Manhattan: Gibson Manhattans are another popular drink that uses the same ingredients as Gibsons but instead of using lemon juice they use orange liqueur and bitters to give it more flavor. The resulting taste is similar to an Old Fashioned except sweeter due to its added sugar content from the orange liqueur added before serving cold water on top after stirring.
- Gibson Royal: Gibson Royals are made with gin, dry vermouth, Lillet Blanc (a type of aperitif wine), and orange bitters. It is garnished with an orange twist or a slice of orange instead of a cocktail onion like the original Gibson drink.
- Gibson Sour: The Gibson Sour is made up of bourbon whiskey, lemon juice, sugar syrup, and egg white. This gives it its frothy texture and makes it one of the most popular cocktails on the menu at Gibson Bar in London.
- Gibson Fizz: Similar to a Tom Collins but uses Gibson Gin as its main ingredient rather than gin, this cocktail is made up of equal parts sweet and dry vermouths shaken with ice and strained into a highball glass filled with cracked ice. Top it off with club soda, stir well, and serve.
- Gibson Punch: Gibson Punch is made up of Jamaican rum, apricot brandy, dry vermouth, orange bitters, and lemon juice. It can be served on the rocks or straight up in a chilled glass.
- Gibson Swizzle: The Gibson Swizzle uses Demerara rum (a type of sugarcane rum), Lillet Blanc, grapefruit juice, lime juice, Angostura bitter sweetener (or simple syrup), and mint leaves for garnish. Shake all ingredients except for the club soda with cracked ice then strain into a hurricane glass filled with crushed ice cubes. Top it off with club soda and garnish before serving Gibson Swizzle.
- Gibson Negroni: Gibson Negroni is made up of gin, Campari, and vermouth. All ingredients are combined in a mixing glass filled with ice cubes then stirred until chilled before being poured into an old-fashioned or cocktail glass that has been rimmed with orange peel and garnished with fresh mint leaves if desired). Gibson Negroni can also be served straight up over one large cube of ice for those who prefer their drinks without carbonation but still want something cold on the rocks to sip slowly while enjoying dinner at Gibson Bar in London.
LEARN MORE: What Is The Difference Between Dirty And Dry Martini?
Popular Variations Of Martini Liquor
- Classic Martini: The classic martini is a cocktail made with gin and dry vermouth. It can be served straight up in a chilled glass or on the rocks over ice cubes.
- Gin and Tonic: A Gin and Tonic is a drink made by mixing gin with tonic water. It’s most commonly served as an open-class drink with plenty of ice, but it can also be poured into a highball glass.
- Vodka Martini: A vodka martini is similar to the classic martini but uses vodka instead of gin. Like the Gibson, it can be served either chilled or on the rocks over ice cubes.
- Sloe Gin Fizz: The Sloe Gin Fizz is a cocktail made with sloe gin, lemon juice, sugar syrup, and egg white. It’s shaken with ice then strained into a highball glass filled with crushed ice cubes before being topped off with club soda.
- Negroni: The Negroni is a classic Italian cocktail made with equal parts Campari, sweet vermouth, and Gin. All ingredients are combined in a mixing glass filled with ice cubes then stirred until chilled before being poured into an old-fashioned or cocktail glass that has been rimmed with orange peel and garnished with fresh mint leaves if desired).
- Manhattan: The Manhattan is another classic American cocktail made up of bourbon whiskey, dry vermouth, and Angostura bitters. It can be served on the rocks or straight up in a chilled glass.
- Rob Roy: The Rob Roy is a Scotch whisky cocktail made with sweet vermouth and dry vermouth, stirred together and served either on the rocks or strained into a chilled glass.
Both Gibson and Martini liquors are delicious on their own or combined with other ingredients to create unique cocktails, so whichever one you choose, you can’t go wrong!