He promised he would be there with her on her birthday. “By hook or crook, I will come to you” were his words. Her friends did not wish to intrude their privacy and wished her well. It was nearing midnight and there was no word from him. She grew restless and dialed his number, only to be greeted by the voicemail. Calls started pouring in at the stroke of midnight. Everyone she knew had called her, but him. “What it is like to be heartbroken on your own birthday?” she sighed.
There was, however, one Gibson who gave her company.
P. S – Gibson is a mixed drink made with gin and vermouth, and often garnished with a pickled onion. The oldest published recipe for the Gibson is found in the 1908 book, The World’s Drinks And How To Mix Them by William Boothby. No known recipe for the Gibson garnishes with an onion before 1922. Some sources persist in using other garnishment than the onion into the 1930s and beyond, but still none use bitters. The drink is traditionally made with gin, but the vodka Gibson is also common.