The World\u2019s Drinks and How to Mix ThemMore fun than answering who first plopped a pickled pearl onion\u2014instead of an olive, or a lemon twist\u2014into a dry gin Martini is recalling who didn\u2019t. \u201cThe Gibson\u2019s history is as mysterious as the Manhattan\u2019s,\u201d says Leo Robitschek, bar director at The NoMad Bar and Eleven Madison Park in New York City. The drink\u2019s origins have yet to be cracked, although the urban sophistication of a Martini paired with a pickled twist has left largely anyone with the last name Gibson receiving credit for the drink.\n\nIn the early 20th century, graphic artist Charles Dana Gibson is said to have requested a fresh take on the Martini while visiting New York private social club The Players, resulting in the garnish swap. There\u2019s also an allegedly teetotaling Mr. Gibson who dropped an onion into his water-filled Martini glass to differentiate his drink while maintaining appearances among colleagues. Most perplexing of all, the earliest renditions of the Gibson, such as in William Boothby\u2019s 1908 The World\u2019s Drinks and How to Mix Them, make no mention of an onion. Robitschek\u2019s favorite story remains that of San Francisco businessman Walter Gibson, who supposedly slipped an onion into his drink, believing it prevented colds. \u201cI love any story that showcases the health benefits of drinks, although this one may not be true,\u201d he says.\n\nRobitschek keeps his Gibsons golden. \u201cThe Gibson is one of my favorite cocktails, a Martini variation that, when made classically, adds a vegetal, briny umami flavor to the mix,\u201d he says. As for the unsolved onion, some veggie tales are best left to the imagination.