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This classic Caesar cocktail recipe has a delicious blend of bold flavors! You’ll want to try Canada’s national cocktail and find out why it’s just so tasty.

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a classic Canadian caesar cocktail in a glass with olives and a celery stick

What is a Caesar?

It’s Canada’s answer to the bloody Mary. This zesty and spicy cocktail has a curious mixture of ingredients that together make magic. It tastes pretty close to a bloody Mary, but the Caesar uses Clamato juice instead of tomato juice. Ask any Canadian, and they’ll tell you they prefer the Caesar, hands down.

I think that it’s truly a shame that pretty much nobody outside of Canada has heard of this refreshing savory cocktail. I’m on a mission to change that, and I’m hoping that the Caesar will become popular with our neighbors to the south as well!

Who invented it?

  • The Caesar was invented in Calgary, Alberta in 1969 by one Walter Chell, who was a restaurant manager at a hotel. He was inspired by a seafood pasta called Spaghetti alla Vongole and wanted the same bold flavors in a drink! The history of this beverage is actually pretty fascinating.
  • He originally called his innovation the bloody Caesar, but we just simply call it a Caesar now. You will raise a few eyebrows and give yourself away as an American if you called it a “bloody Caesar” up here!
  • Canadians like it so much that we consume upwards of 350 million of these bad boys per year. It’s actually our national drink. We especially enjoy it as a brunch cocktail and to cure a hangover (spoiler alert: it doesn’t work, but it sure does taste good)

Ingredients for it

  • Ice – to make it crisp and chilled
  • Celery salt – it’s a seasoning we’re using to rim the glass that packs a flavorful punch
  • Clamato juice – we’re using Mott’s. It might sound odd, but it’s a mixture of clam juice and tomato juice. They sometimes use it to make a michelada in Mexico. Don’t knock it till you’ve tried it!
  • Vodka – I don’t have a brand preference. Use your usual.
  • Worcestershire sauce – to enhance the savory flavor
  • Tabasco sauce – hot sauce gives it a spicy kick
  • Lime – fresh lime juice adds an acidic contrast and freshness. Always use real limes.
  • Garnish – use a celery stick, pickled asparagus spears, jumbo green olives, etc.

Substitutions and variations

  • Vodka is traditional, but if you’ve run out, white rum makes a fun twist, but it will be a little on the sweet side.
  • Gin or tequila are fine substitutes in a Caesar as long as you don’t mind using an alcohol that isn’t as neutral in taste as vodka is.
  • Canadians are super creative with the garnishes. We’ve even been known to serve it with anything from pickled beans to mini burgers to a strip of crispy bacon. Seriously.

What to serve with a Caesar

close-up of Canada\'s classic caesar cocktail with Clamato juice, Worcestershire sauce, lime, and Tabasco

Will you give Caesars a try? Let me know what you think in the comments below, or tag me #saltandlavender on Instagram!

Canada's caesar cocktail is a delicious blend of vodka, Clamato juice, Worcestershire sauce, lime, and Tabasco sauce. Like bloody marys? You might want to try this!
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Canadian Caesar Cocktail

This classic Caesar cocktail recipe has a delicious blend of bold flavors! You'll want to try Canada's national cocktail and find out why it's just so tasty.
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 drink

Ingredients 

  • Ice (optional)
  • Celery salt for rimming glass
  • Clamato juice (to top glass up with)
  • 1.5 oz vodka
  • 2 dashes Worcestershire sauce (or to taste)
  • 2 dashes Tabasco sauce (or to taste)
  • 1 wedge of lime

Garnish (optional)

  • 1 celery stick/pickled asparagus/green olives

Instructions 

  • Rim a highball glass with lime and then dip it into the celery salt.
  • Add ice, vodka, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco sauce, and a squeeze of lime (then place lime wedge in glass).
  • Top up with Clamato juice.
  • Garnish with a celery stick, a stem of pickled asparagus, or green olives.
  • Serve immediately.

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12 Comments

  1. When I was a bartender, making a Bloody Mary from scratch was always a pain when you were busy. But I was always glad to see everyone was pleased with their drink when they started sipping. This looks like a fun twist on a Bloody Mary though! Beautiful photos šŸ™‚

  2. Although, I woke up hangover over this morning after drinking half a can of hard cider (i’m a light weight) I still want this cocktail. It looks so refreshing!

  3. Wow! That glass is just superb!! I am French Canadian and Caesars are a big thing here. Thank you for honouring them on your site. šŸ™‚

  4. I mean this photo!!!! I want to swim in this drink! I’m obsessed with Bloody Marys and I can’t wait to try this twist. Love!

    1. Thanks Nicole! A local shop had these glasses quite a few years ago. I think they’re really neat, too. They’re all a bit different. My mom helped me buy the collection. Sadly I’ve broken a few pieces šŸ™

  5. I make these all of the time. Love them. I pretty much garnish with a whole bunch of snacky things, so it’s like a drink and meal all in one! I use Garden Cocktail in mine, which I really like. Remember that commercial a ways back – when you see one, you want one! Yours looks scrumptious! Is it Thirsty Thursday yet??