This drink, without a doubt derives from the Gibson, but much later. It was common, especially prior to Vodkas rise in popularity to make Vodka versions of classic gin drinks. The vodka Gibson is no exception. Here is an early printing of this drink listed along side other classic gin drinks:
Tomorrow’s German – May 10, 1954 Page 55 LIFE
“EXTRA DRY MARTINI (75 proof), GIBSON— very, very dry Martini (75 proof) VODKA MARTINI — very, very dry (75 proof)”
The same advertisement appears in LIFE – Oct 4, 1954 – Page 116 Vol. 37, No. 14. This ad campaign was for “Heublein’s – Ready to Serve Cocktails” and they were not specific to Vodka. They also offered a Manhattan, a Sidecar, and even an Old Fashioned. In recent years we have seen a rise in “ready-made” cocktails. This is only a revitalized trend, but it is still a trend and certainly will end, like it’s proprietor trend.
It is not clear who particulary made the first Vodka Gibson, although it might have been Hueblein’s themselves. It is undetermined and there is not enough evidence to say for sure, but there is certainly not conflicting evidence. This drink remained popular and is still ordered today. 60 years is not bad for a drink that out dates the popularity of Vodka.
This drink dates between 1952 – 1954 and contained at least as of then:
Stir These Ingredients:
Kiss of Dry Vermouth (between 1/64 and 1/8 of an ounce)
Strain into a chilled martini glass
Garnish with two cocktail olives.