It seems that every alcohol has had its time in the limelight when it comes to cooking. There are entire books about how to cook with wine, whiskey, beer, and vodka. There is one liquor that always seems to be overlooked: Gin. Maybe its the unique taste of the spirit that keeps it from gaining notoriety as a cooking ingredient, versus others as say, vodka. But its that taste that we hope to take advantage of in this installment of Boozey.
Lets be honest, at a social gathering, the appetizers are usually where most of the eating happens. The casual snacking, and of course alcohol consumption, at a party before a traditional meal. But, you don’t want to seem like an uncultured mouth-breather by putting out a bowl of Cheetos and some veggie dip. You want to seem classy, while not putting too much effort into it. Well, with some more aid from our friends at Black Button, we’ve got an easy recipe for you that involves gin, olives, and will have you lookin’ like the 1%.
This is what you’ll need:
- 8 ounces of mixed olives, drained
- 2 cloves of garlic, smashed
- Thyme, oregano, or rosemary to taste
- 1 small lemon, sliced thinly
- ½ cup of olive oil, more or less
- ½ cup of Black Button Citrus Forward Gin
- Preheat the oven to 350
- Mix the ingredients in a mixing bowel and transfer to a dish deep enough to hold the olives.
- Add more gin and olive oil until the olives are more or less covered/
- Bake for 30 minutes.
- Remove and let cool. Store in the fridge for later use.
There you go! It’s as simple as that. This recipe will make you look fancy as fuck. The lemon and the citrus gin, mixed with the flavors of the olives make this a great appetizer that will impress even the most stuck up of folks. Kick it up a notch by adding fresh mozzarella to the olives before serving.