When someone orders a Gibson Martini, I instantly hold them in high regard.
The name Lydia comes from an ancient region of western Anatolia, in modern-day Turkey.
Classical and evocative with a beautiful climate, it’s an ideal martini location.
Incidentally, a common hangover cure in this part of the world is a drink of pickle juice – šalgam (shalgam) which might be perfect if you partake of too many martinis the night before and you’re a fan of the pickled goodness.
This Gibson recipe variation may have been done before but I couldn’t find any record of it anywhere so I thought I would name it, if for no other reason than for brevity when we’ve got family and friends round.
When everyone is asked “how would you like your martini” it’s far easier to take an order of “a Lydia” rather than “a Gibson but with loads and loads of pickled onions – more than you think are natural”.
- Pour one measure (to taste) of chilled vermouth into a frozen martini glass.
- Add anything from 3-10 pickled onions.
- Pour in a teaspoon of the pickle juice for good measure.
- Top up with chilled gin or vodka and gently stir.
- Serve (potentially with salt and vinegar or pickled onion crisps on the side – or perhaps even a glass of šalgam).
And enjoy! Although you might not get to kiss anyone afterwards…