Naughty Olives

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.

Yield: Makes 4 jars
Recipe from Southern Living

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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


  1. 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.
  2. TO USE THE OLIVES: Serve as a cocktail garnish or bar snack.
  3. PACKAGE THEM IN: Weck Tall 9.8-oz. Glass Jar ($3.50;
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