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!
What is a Caesar drink/cocktail?
The Caesar is basically Canada's answer to the Bloody Mary. I was quite surprised when I found out that pretty much nobody outside of Canada has heard of this drink. The Caesar uses Clamato juice instead of tomato juice. You rim the glass with celery salt, which adds salty deliciousness to every sip.
I suppose if you've never tried or heard of Clamato juice, you'd probably think the stuff sounds very odd (it's basically tomato juice + clam broth). In any case, Clamato is good. No, it doesn't taste like you're drinking fish. If you don't believe me, you should try it! My research says that the stuff was actually invented in the United States but is much more popular in Canada and Mexico.
According to my research, the Caesar was invented right here in Alberta in 1969, and quickly became one of western Canada's favorite alcoholic beverages! Apparently, efforts to popularize the drink in the States haven't worked so well, but Canadians continue to consume 350+ million of these cocktails per year.
What are the Caesar cocktail ingredients?
Variations exist, but Caesars typically contain celery salt, Clamato juice, vodka, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco sauce, and lime juice. You can garnish them with all sorts of things... anything from a stick of celery to olives to pickled asparagus spears. I've even seen them garnished with mini burgers in some bars/restaurants that do novelty drinks!
I sometimes make these with white rum instead of vodka. I also like to squeeze in a little lime (or lemon).
Caesar Drink vs. Bloody Mary
What's the difference? The main difference is that Caesars contain Clamato juice whereas Bloody Marys have plain ole tomato juice.
I'm partial to Caesars! 😉
Would you give a Caesar cocktail a try?
Canada's answer to Bloody Marys is pretty bloody good. You may be pleasantly surprised. 🙂
Canadian Caesar Cocktail
- Ice (optional)
- Celery salt for rimming glass
- Clamato juice (to top glass up with)
- 1 shot vodka
- 2 dashes Worcestershire sauce (or to taste)
- 2 dashes Tabasco sauce (or to taste)
- 1 wedge of lime
- 1 celery stick/pickled asparagus/green olives
- 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.