They were a hit! I have received many requests for the link to this recipe. Most recently a friend emailed to let me know that the Cerignola olives were nowhere to be found locally. I usually adapt recipes to my taste, budget and need for convenience - I never did look for the Cerignola olives (nor did I include the vermouth). I just bought the yummiest looking olives that I would like to see sitting at the bottom of a well-filled martini glass. What I purchased, and what got the rave reviews, was Lindsay brand Spanish queen olives pimiento stuffed.
Yesterday I made a trip to Costco for 2 big jars of Lindsay olives and today I will deliver a jar to my friend who can't wait to make these yummy olives that sit well alongside most any hors d'oeuvre. I will keep the second jar and make boozy olives to have on-hand.