The Gibson is a perfectly-balanced three-ingredient champion of the cocktail world, so the challenge to craft an intricate gin to pay homage to this classic is one we relished (SWWDT?). As a nod to said Gibson, our Pickled Gin has a subtle astringency married up with spice from the traditional pickling ingredients dill and thyme. We’ve kicked up the ABV to bring that spiciness to life and to ensure a mouth-watering and flavoursome gin to savour.
Top with Fever-Tree Mediterranean Tonic and garnish with a lemon wedge.
In the early 1900s, Charles Dana Gibson’s illustrations of elegant yet independent women gained world-wide fame. These turn-of-the-century Kardashians inspired New York’s Players Club bartender, Charley Connolly, to improve on the martini for his customer, Charles Gibson. He simply replaced olives with pickled onions and the Gibson was born. We recommend Noilly Prat as the Dry Vermouth for this perfect Pickled Gin aperitif.
60ML PICKLED GIN
12.5ML DRY VERMOUTH
GARNISH: PICKLED COCKTAIL ONIONS
Add all ingredients to an ice-filled mixing glass and stir.
Double strain into a chilled coupette.
Garnish with two pickled onions.
There’s simply no other way to describe this gin-based cocktail than “it’s the better Bloody Mary”. We had a sneaking suspicion that our Pickled Gin might just create a Red Snapper flavour sensation. And guess what? We were right.
50ML PICKLED GIN
10ML LEMON JUICE
1 TSPN HORSERADISH SAUCE
3 DASHES OF TABASCO
1 DASH OF WORCESTERSHIRE SAUCE
GARNISH: CELERY STICK, LEMON WHEEL, BLACK PEPPER
Add all ingredients to an ice-filled cocktail shaker.
Roll shaker gently (end-over-end) to combine.
Strain into a chilled highball and garnish.