20 November

World Gibson Martini Day

Gibson Dry Martini

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Gibson Dry Martini

Marian Beke, founder of The Gibson Bar in London (sadly now shuttered), launched World Gibson Martini Day in 2018 to celebrate this classic cocktail.

The Gibson cocktail's murky origins are debatable, so much so that several stories have been presented over the decades that lay claim to the forgotten classic. But there is one that Marian favours.

As the story goes, Charles Gibson, an artist widely recognised for his Gibson Girl illustrations, visited The Players Club, New York, in 1908 where he met Charles Connelly, a bartender. Gibson challenged Connelly to improve the classic Martini. Thus, simply swapping the signature olive garnish with a silver onion, the Gibson Martini was born.

Today, we'll join the celebrations with none other than a classic Gibson Dry Martini (You'll find the full story of Charles Gibson and Walter Gibson, another protagonist on our cocktail page.)

It's Edwin Hubble's Birthday

When Edwin Hubble was born in Missouri today in 1889, most people believed that our galaxy, the Milky Way, was the only one in the universe and even that our galaxy was the universe.

The man who gave his name to the Hubble Space Telescope, which has orbited earth since 1990, was the first to show that Andromeda, which others considered just stars, was a galaxy, and, further, that our universe was actually expanding. Tonight, toast the discoverer of the cosmos with a Grande Champagne Cosmo, a rich, dark, mind-expanding riff on the 1990s Cosmopolitan.

The last typewriter

On 20th November 2012, the last typewriter to be built in the UK rolled out of its North Wales factory en route to the Science Museum in London, where it takes its place as a part of technological history that lasted well over a century. In fact, more than 140 years after Remington adopted the QWERTY keyboard, we're still using one of the most random arrangements of letters on the planet to input words, even on technologies such as touch screen that the QWERTY folk would never have imagined.

Weirdly, it was not the last typewriter for the company, no sirree. They still sell enough typewriters in the US to support a factory in the Far East. In honour of the many, many hacks and writers who contended with the absence of both internet and telephone and churned out works of lifelong value with nothing but a chunk of metal to assist, we are marking the occasion with The Journalist, a martini-style cocktail that's just a little bit bitter.

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