Not only do I use these for gifts but I have in my fridge a bottle of these almost all the time. Your friends will love getting a bottle of these around the holidays or really at anytime. These are really as good as any you can buy and are easy to make. You can use green or black olives. I prefer the black varieties because the are a bit more versatile in many other recipes. There are several brands of vacuum packed or dried in jars that are excellent for this recipe.
You can use this recipe to marinate your olives to serve at dinner in a salad, as part of another recipe or part of an Antipasti. There used are endless!
From the day you make these they will keep in the refrigerator for 6 weeks and are ready to use after 1 week.