Naughty Olives

Naughty OlivesRecipe
Photo: Hector Sanchez; Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham


Garnish your favorite cocktail with Naughty Olives or put them out for bar snacks. These spirited olives contain a heavy-handed serving of vermouth.


Makes 4 jars
Total time: 4 Hours, 35 Minutes

Recipe from

Southern Living

Recipe Time

Hands-on: 35 Minutes
Total: 4 Hours, 35 Minutes


2 teaspoons fennel seeds
1/2 teaspoon black peppercorns
1/4 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
Jarred Spanish olives
4 bay leaves
4 (3-inch) orange peel strips
1 (6-inch) fresh rosemary sprig
1 cup extra-dry vermouth
3 cups drained Spanish olives
1 cup drained cocktail onions


Cook fennel seeds, black peppercorns, and dried crushed red pepper in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly, 1 to 2 minutes or until fragrant and lightly toasted. Add 1/2 cup liquid from jarred Spanish olives, bay leaves, orange peel strips, and rosemary sprig, and bring to a boil. Remove from heat, and add vermouth. Combine olives and cocktail onions in a medium bowl; spoon into 4 (8-oz.) jars. Place 1 bay leaf and 1 orange peel strip from vermouth mixture in each jar, and fill with vermouth mixture. Cover with lids. Chill 4 hours before serving. Store in refrigerator up to 3 weeks.

TO USE THE OLIVES: Serve as a cocktail garnish or bar snack.

PACKAGE THEM IN: Weck Tall 9.8-oz. Glass Jar ($3.50;