Homemade Martini Olives

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Once you start making these Homemade Martini Olives, there’s no stopping.  Whether you’re having a party with friends or making a party appetizer, these cocktail olives are a tasty treat. Plus, they make the perfect gift for any martini enthusiast.

Homemade Martini Olives Recipe:

I’ll be honest, olives aren’t my first choice of snack. But I finally found an olive recipe that I love. Actually, I can’t stop popping open the jar and snacking on these bad boys and I am actually shocked.

The olive brine is simple to make. Add the jarred olives (plus the juice) to some lemon juice, zest, white wine vinegar and minced garlic. Let them marinate in the fridge, and bam, you’re done. The absolute best part is that they won’t spoil as long as they are sealed tight in the refrigerator.

How to Make a Charcuterie Board

These brined olives can be used for the perfect dirty martini or served in a dish as a tasty appetizer or snack. They’d make a beautiful addition to any  antipasto, crudité or vegetable tray, and they would also be great on a Charcuterie board, which are all the rage today. A Charcuterie board traditionally has a selection of cured meats and garnishes, like crackers, bread, nuts, dried fruits and spreads.

Did you know that charcuterie boards traditionally didn’t have cheese on them? A platter with meats and cheese with garnishes is traditionally called antipasto. But whether you call it charcuterie or antipasto, add whatever you enjoy and don’t forget these brined olives! Check out Farmwife Drinks’ post on making the perfect Cheese Plate and you should add these olives to it!

Easy Brined Olives = Perfect Homemade Gift

I love making homemade Christmas gifts.  Cookies, cakes, breads, dog treats – you name it, I’ve made it and given it as gifts.  When I found this recipe for Martini Olives in my Caterin to Charleston Cook Book, I knew exactly what I would do with these. Package them in a glass jar, add a pretty ribbon and label and you have a perfect homemade gift.

Everyone has a friend that either loves martinis or just plain loves olives.  If you have a martini enthusiast in your life, pair these cocktail olives with a new cocktail shaker, martini glass or even a bottle of gin or vodka.

How to Make Martini Olives:

Instructions:

  1. Zest a lemon and set aside.
  2. Dump two jars of olives (with the juice) into a quart Mason jar.
  3. Add white wine vinegar, chopped garlic, and freshly squeezed lemon juice.
  4. Stir in lemon zest.
  5. Refrigerate until ready to use. These keep indefinitely.

For the full instructions and ingredient list for homemade olive brine, scroll to the bottom of this post. 

Notes About Homemade Martini Olives:

  • Use your favorite green olive.  I recommend Spanish Manzanilla, Pimento Stuffed or Blue Cheese Stuffed Olives.
  • Essentially, this recipe makes a delicious olive brine, and the longer the olives marinate, the tastier they become.
  • Add these to a martini or eat them just as they are.
  • See the recipe card for a recipe for both a pint or quart sized jar.
  • To be a little extra fancy, cut off the lemon zest in strips instead, and you will have an even prettier presentation.
  • These homemade cocktail olives won’t go bad as long long as they are kept in the refrigerator in a sealed container.
  • These are the perfect edible Christmas gift. Pack them up in a basket with everything needed for a dirty martini – cocktail shaker, cocktail toothpicks, vodka (or gin) and vermouth or pair them with a new set of martini glasses!

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Dainty Logs (Chocolate Chip Shortbread)

Dainty Log Butter Cookies with Chocolate Chips are buttery and delicious.

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Homemade Martini Olives

Once you start making these Homemade Martini Olives, there's no stopping.  Whether you're having a party with friends or making a party appetizer, these cocktail olives are a tasty treat.  Plus, they make the perfect gift for any martini enthusiast.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time0 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Appetizer, Drinks, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cocktail olives, creative christmas gifts, edible christmas gifts, homemade cocktail olives, homemade martini olives, how to make martini olives, martini olives, olive brine
Servings: 1 quart
Author: Barbara

Ingredients

Quart Recipe (Best with Spanish Manzanilla, Pimento Stuffed Olives)

  • 2 (5.75 oz) jars Green Olives see notes below
  • 8 ounces white wine vinegar
  • 1 lemon (zested and juiced)
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely minced

Pint Recipe (Best with Blue Cheese Stuffed Green Olives)

  • 12 ounces Green Olives
  • 4 ounces white wine vinegar
  • 1 lemon (zested and juiced)
  • 1 - 2 cloves garlic, finely minced

Instructions

  • Zest a lemon. Set aside.
  • Squeeze the juice from a lemon; remove seeds and discard.
    Once you start making these Homemade Martini Olives, there's no stopping.  Whether you're having a party with friends or making a party appetizer, these cocktail olives are a tasty treat.  Plus, they make the perfect gift for any martini enthusiast.
  • Pour the olives (including juice) into a clean mason jar.
    Once you start making these Homemade Martini Olives, there's no stopping.  Whether you're having a party with friends or making a party appetizer, these cocktail olives are a tasty treat.  Plus, they make the perfect gift for any martini enthusiast.
  • Add white wine vinegar, lemon zest, lemon juice and minced garlic. Stir.
    Once you start making these Homemade Martini Olives, there's no stopping.  Whether you're having a party with friends or making a party appetizer, these cocktail olives are a tasty treat.  Plus, they make the perfect gift for any martini enthusiast.
  • Seal tightly and keep in the refrigerator. This keeps indefinitely.

Notes

  • Use your favorite green olive.  I recommend Spanish Manzanilla, Pimento Stuffed or Blue Cheese Stuffed Olives. 
  • Essentially, this recipe makes a delicious olive brine.  The longer the olives marinate, the tastier they become. 
  • Add these to a martini or eat them just as they are.
  • See the recipe card for a recipe for both a pint or quart sized jar.
  • To be a little extra fancy, cut off the lemon zest in strips instead. 
  • These homemade cocktail olives won't go bad as long long as they are kept in the refrigerator in a sealed container.
  • These are the perfect edible Christmas gift. Pack them up in a basket with everything needed for a dirty martini---cocktail shaker, cocktail toothpicks, vodka (or gin) and vermouth. Or pair them with a new set of martini glasses!

 

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