An odd childhood memory that I HAD to sort out!
By The Horse
Walnut Creek, California
May 29, 2020 10:54am CST
A certain MyLot friend of mine (who will of course remain nameless, in the interest of confidentiality and respect) enjoys the vary occasional Martini. I drink more wine than Martinis, but I could easily be persuaded to drink a Martini. I found my memory activated and remembered that my parents went through a stage of a few years where they drank Martinis in the evenings. Perhaps one or two, but never more than four, except on special occasions. But then the name "Gibson" came into my head, and I saw the image of a cocktail onion.. I asked my Martini-sipping MyLot friend if there was such a thing as a "Gibson," and she wasn't sure. So I looked it up. My childhood memories were correct. Plus I learned something new! Here's the scoop: The Martini's savory second cousin, the Gibson, uses a pickled cocktail onion in place of the typical briny olive to add an umami undertone to the classic cocktail. The Gibson is believed to have been created by San Francisco businessman Walter D.K. Gibson in the late 1800s, who thought that eating onions prevented colds, hence the addition of the mini allium." --Liquor.com What did I learn? Well, I hadn't known own that some late 19th Century people thought that cocktail onions prevented colds. But I also learned (actually I already knew) that kids' memories of their adults' antics can be pretty accurate, so you have to be on your "best" behavior around them!
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• Walnut Creek, California
@LindaOHio Some could be true. But some could be "constructed," or the stuff of dreams and fantasy. I don't know if there's a definitive way to tell which is which (except for things like historical records, like who was where and when). I have some others I could write about. Sometimes the grown-ups can be quite wrong about what a child was FEELING in a given situation.
I missed your post, correct a Martini Cocktail (Gin and Vermouth Martini) with two little onions is a "Gibson", a Martini where you add a little water from the olives is called a "Dirty Martini". I had a Gibson yesterday evening and tomorrow I go to Italy to buy a bottle of "Dry Martini Vermouth", because it is almost empty the one I have.
• Louisville, Kentucky
My favorite song of his is “Memories Are Made of This.” Wait, that’s Martin, not Martini. I don’t know if it’s just cocktail onions rumored to help colds, because I heard “tales” from my grandmother of using onions in her kids’ Room to help their colds (and there were five of them).