Gin-Marinated Olive Martini

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 4 hr 4 min
  • Prep: 4 min
  • Inactive: 4 hr
  • Yield: 1 martini
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For a dry martini: 

2 ounces gin

1/4-ounce vermouth

Cracked ice

1 or 2 Gin-Marinated Olives, to taste, recipe follows 

Gin-Marinated Olives:

1 cup colossal size, pimiento-stuffed green olives (See Cook's Note)

1/4 cup gin

1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper

5 (1/4-inch wide) strips lemon peel, each about 3-inches long


  1. Combine gin and vermouth in a cocktail shaker with cracked ice. Cover and shake until chilled. Strain into a martini glass and add the olives. Enjoy!

Gin-Marinated Olives:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a non-reactive dish and cover tightly. Allow olives to marinate at least 2 to 3 hours or up to 4 days in the refrigerator. (If you are only marinating them for a few hours, leave the olives in the marinade at room temperature.)

Cook’s Note

These olives are great in martinis and also double as a quick party hors d'oeuvre. If you plan on using them exclusively as an hors d'oeuvre, drizzle a little extra-virgin olive