Funyuns Gibson

Funyuns Gibson cocktail

The Spruce Eats / Julia Hartbeck

Prep: 8 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Infusing Time: 8 hrs
Total: 8 hrs 8 mins
Serving: 1 cocktail
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
241 Calories
0g Fat
8g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 241
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 4mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 3mg 16%
Calcium 14mg 1%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 115mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

While donuts, cookies, and candy are delicious, these sweets don’t always scratch our snacking itch: sometimes we crave something savory. When it comes to food, this is a well understood phenomenon, and there are practically unlimited varieties of salty, umami-packed treats from which to choose. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said of cocktails: other than dirty martinis, micheladas, and various bloody marys, there aren’t many options for drinks that don’t lean sweet. 

One evening during cocktail hour, I wanted to make myself a drink but didn’t feel like having anything sweet. Then it occurred to me that maybe the salty junk food I often craved could inspire a new savory cocktail: and thus the Funyuns Gibson was born.

What is a Funyuns Gibson?

The Funyuns Gibson is a playful (and delicious) variation on a classic gibson cocktail. Traditionally, a gibson is made just like a standard gin martini but rather than being garnished with olives, it’s garnished with pearl onions. The Funyuns Gibson is different in that it gets plenty of salty, fried onion flavor from gin that’s been infused with Funyuns. If you’re looking for a variation on a dirty martini and you’re a fan of the iconic onion snack, the Funyuns Gibson should be right up your alley. The Funyuns add a brothy richness to the gin that makes the riff on the classic as irresistible as the chips themselves (but unlike the chips, you probably shouldn’t have too many: this is a boozy drink).

Choosing (and Infusing) the Gin

When selecting the gin for the cocktail, a classic London dry gin like Tanqueray works well—ideally, stay away from gins with strong citrus or floral profiles. To make sure the infused gin achieves the correct mouthfeel, I recommend not only straining out the solids through a fine mesh strainer after the infusion period, but to go the extra mile and strain the gin through a damp coffee filter placed inside a large strainer over a bowl. This extra straining will help remove all of the chip debris, resulting in a clear gin with a smooth texture. 

How to Serve the Funyuns Gibson

As far as vermouth goes, Dolin Dry or Carpano Bianco are both good options (and feel free to reduce or omit the vermouth if you prefer your martinis dry). The cocktail should be served in a frozen coupe glass, and should be garnished either with classic pearl onions or Funyuns with a schmear of goat cheese: the sour dairy tang compliments the salty drink beautifully. 

I recommend enjoying one of these delicious savory drinks before or with dinner— they’re a delicious accompaniment to other junk food like burgers, hot dogs, and pizza.

Tips for Making the Funyuns Gibson

  • If you feel the Funyuns flavor is too strong you can split the infused gin with non-infused gin to make the flavor more subtle.
  • You can reduce or omit the dry vermouth if you prefer your gibson dry.
  • Make sure to use a classic London dry gin or something with a savory profile: avoid using gins with overly floral or citrus-heavy profiles. 
  • Note that vermouth goes bad over time (it’s a fortified wine, not a distilled spirit). It should be kept in the refrigerator after opening and its flavor remains optimal for approximately a month.
  • Chilling the mixing glass and coupe before mixing the cocktail will help it achieve an ideal frigid temperature.

“The ultimate cocktail for the salty snack food lover, the Funyuns Gibson infuses gin (or vodka if that’s your preference) with the salty oniony flavor of Funyuns. Add a touch of vermouth and the classic gibson garnish of a cocktail onion or two, and you’ve got the Funyuns Gibson.” —Joan Velush

A gibson cocktail served in a chilled and frosty coupe glass with a skewer of tiny cocktail onions
A Note From Our Recipe Tester


For the Funyuns-Infused Gin

  • 1 1/2 to 2 cups Funyuns

  • 2 cups London dry gin

For the Funyuns Gibson

  • 3 ounces Funyuns-infused London dry gin

  • 1/2 ounce dry vermouth

  • 1 to 3 cocktail onions, threaded on a small skewer or cocktail pick, for garnish

Steps to Make It

Make the Funyuns-Infused Gin

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients to make Funyuns-infused gin

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  2. Loosely fill a pint-sized mason jar with Funyuns. Larger pieces can be broken up a bit.

    A jar of Funyuns

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  3. Fill the mason jar to the top with the gin.

    A jar filled with gin and Funyuns

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  4. Place the jar in a cool, dry place and allow the gin to infuse for a minimum of 8 hours, agitating it occasionally. It will appear cloudy.

    A sealed jar of gin and Funyuns

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  5. Strain out the large solids through a fine mesh strainer.

    A mesh strainer of Funyuns over a measuring cup of Funyuns-infused gin

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  6. Dampen a coffee filter and place it inside a strainer over a bowl. Pour the infused gin into the coffee filter to remove all fine Funyuns solids from the gin (this may take up to 15 minutes to strain).

    A coffee filter-lined mesh strainer straining the Funyuns-infused gin

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  7. The infused gin should be tinted yellow but fully clear when it is ready to use. Store the gin in a clean jar at room temperature until ready to use.

    A jar of Funyuns-infused gin

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Make the Funyuns Gibson

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients to make a Funyuns Gibson cocktail

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  2. In a chilled mixing glass filled with ice cubes, add the infused gin and the dry vermouth. Stir 50 to 75 times.

    A swizzle stick stirring Funyuns-infused gin and dry vermouth in a mixing glass with ice

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  3. Double strain into a chilled coupe.

    Pouring the vermouth-gin mixture through a strainer into a coupe glass

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  4. Garnish with cocktail onions and serve.

    A Funyuns Gibson cocktail garnished with cocktail onions

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Recipe Variations

  • For a different garnish, you can add some goat cheese to a Funyuns ring and hang it off the side of the glass— the tanginess of the cheese complements the saltiness of the chip beautifully.
  • Vodka can be used in place of gin if you prefer.
  • For a different flavor profile, you can infuse the gin with sea salt and vinegar potato chips instead (I recommend garnishing with blue cheese and bacon stuffed olives for this infusion).

How Strong Is a Funyuns Gibson?

The Funyuns gibson is a strong cocktail, like the gibson and the martini upon which the gibson is based. When made with 80-proof gin using this recipe's ratio, the Funyuns gibson clocks in at 31% AVB, or 62 proof.