Gin Soaked Olives

August 13, 2019

Gin Soaked Olives

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This recipe is a really simple one, but adds that homemade (and classy) touch when you have friends or family over.  It's also a great excuse to bust out the gin!  The key to success here is to use quality ingredients.  Mushy olives, dried rosemary and lemon juice will NOT do.  Honestly, this takes 2 minutes to prepare - spend the extra time dropping into your local market or high end food store to buy the stuff. 

These olives can be added to a cheese board, served with some warm crusty bread or just with a few toothpicks on the side.  While the recipe calls for gin, I like to serve these with a glass of bubbly.  I'm not saying these would not be delicious with a refreshing G&T, but the bubbles do a great job of cutting across the rich olive oil and really satisfy the salty aftertaste of the olive.

You know what, I say try with both!  Or a light red, pinot noir perhaps?  Leave a comment and let me know what was your favourite combo! 

Gin Soaked Olives

August 13, 2019
: 4-6
: 5 min
: 30 min
: 35 min
: Easy


  • 8 oz pitted olives - I used a combination of kalamata and green, but you could use just green (don't use just kalamata, they are not firm enough)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup gin (I used Gunpowder Irish Gin)
  • 4 shaved lemon peel strips
  • 2 springs rosemary
  • Salt and Pepper, for seasoning
  • Step 1 Preheat oven to 350F
  • Step 2 Combine olives, olive oil, gin, lemon peels, rosemary and salt and pepper in a shallow oven-proof dish.
  • Step 3 Bake for 30 minutes. Remove and let cool for 5-10 minutes. Serve warm.

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