Gibsons can be divisive. You either love them, or you hate them.
Fortunately for those who have maybe had a bad Gibson or two, there is a way to improve this cocktail, making it eternally enjoyable.
First of all, be selective with your gin. In my personal opinion, Gibsons are best when made with an herbaceous gin such as Monkey 47. Monkey 47 is made from 47 botanicals, and has dominant flavors of wood, dried citrus, spice, and fresh aromas reminiscent of the forest after a heavy rain.
A perfect Gibson is made with just a touch of Dry Vermouth, and a beautiful, pickled pearl onion. Make sure you have a quality dry vermouth on hand, one that is not terribly opinionated such as Dolin Dry.
In my opinion, the best cocktail onions are made by Filthy, and fortunately for lovers of Gibsons and Monkey 47 alike, they made a limited edition release of Monkey 47 Filthy Onions made with the same botanicals as the gin itself. These onions are sweet, briny, and complex and are a perfect treat at the end of the drink.
I have no idea how to get these onions in the real world, but I've asked the twitterverse, so let me get back to you on that one.
The Perfect Monkey 47 Gibson Martini
3 oz Monkey 47 Gin
1/2 oz Dry Vermouth
1 Filthy Monkey 47 Pearl Onion
Stir gin & vermouth with ice in a mixing glass until chilled. Strain into a chilled coupe and garnish with a pearl onion and a stylish cocktail pick.