The Baxter Inn’s Cheever Gibson
Photography: Julie Crespel
12:00AM, Mar 5, 2012
The Chekhov of the suburbs, one of the great American masters of the short story, immortalised in cocktail form.
"We got the inspiration for listing this cocktail from the John
Cheever story 'Reunion'," says Baxter Inn and Shady Pines partner
Anton Forte. "It tells the story of a young man who meets his
father after many years. His father takes him out for a lunch of
Beefeater Gibsons and drunkenly abuses bar, restaurant and
newsstand workers. It's sad, funny, and simply a beautiful story."
As for the drink - the classic Gibson variation on the martini -
Forte says that made properly, "this little sucker hits all the
rights spots. It's strong, aromatic, textural and salty. I love
it." As strong, aromatic, textural and salty, dare we say, as the
rather Cheeveresque Baxter Inn itself. The Baxter Inn,
Basement, 156 Clarence St, Sydney.
THE BAXTER INN'S CHEEVER GIBSON, OR HOUSE MARTINI
Pour 10ml of chilled dry vermouth and 50ml of Beefeater gin straight from a bottle kept in the freezer into a chilled mixing glass. Add ice and stir until the spirits are blended, diluted and thoroughly frosty. Double-strain into a frozen vessel ("we use a martini tin," says Forte, but a well-chilled cocktail glass will do nicely), garnish "with your delicious pickled onion" and serve.