16 Drinks Named After Real People (And Why)

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The gibson is another cocktail the source of the name isn’t clear. There are too many stories floating around and they’re often quite different from one another.

One of these stories suggests that Charles Dana Gibson is responsible for the drink and that he gave the barman instructions for how to create it. Another suggests that Walter D. K. Gibson created it instead. Either case suggests that the cocktail was named after someone called Gibson, which is good enough to include the cocktail on this list.

This is a very easy cocktail to make at home, as you’re basically just making a gin martini, but using cocktail olives rather than olives as the garnish. A classic recipe relies on 2.5 ounces of gin and 0.5 ounces of dry vermouth, but these ratios are often changed to suit the drinker.

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