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Nice article. It is fun to trace the Gibson. The Gibson appears in the Mixologist (a German book) in 1913 and Ensslin in 1917, both without the onion. I believe that the onion first appears in Drinks of Yesteryear in February of 1930. Also, by 1898 the Dry Martini was commonly made with dry vermouth. Straub and the Waldorf books come from the same source material so they will of course be similar.
I really like your point of the unique characteristics of a drink being more important that the reason for the name. Of, source knowing both is always fun.
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