For the uninitiated the Caesar cocktail is similar to a Bloody Mary except it uses Mott’s Clamato juice and a variety of garnishes. It’s a very unique cocktail that’s found widespread popularity in Canada. So much so that there’s even a “National Caesar Day” across the frozen north.
What Is A Bloody Caesar?
The Caesar is a Bloody-Mary-like cocktail that is beloved by most Canadians although it might seem like a hodge-podge of incompatible ingredients to the rest of the world. This cocktail was coined in 1969 by an Italian-Calgarian chef Walter Chell.
It’s origins however are a bit more complicated. The first drink using Clamato juice and vodka was noted in Manhattan as early as 1953 under the name “Smirnoff Smiler”.Shortly after Charles Addams (Creator of the Addams family) claimed to have created the “Gravel Girtie”. A cocktail strongly resembling the modern Caesar containing Clamato, vodka and Tabasco sauce. After a series of twists and adaptations the drink eventually found it’s way to Calgary with Walter Chell creating the recipe we know and love today.
How To Make a Basic Caesar
Before delving into ways to spice it up, we should probably explain exactly how to make the cocktail in the first place.
- 1 ounce of vodka
- 1 wedge of lime
- 1 dash of Worcestershire sauce
- 8 ounces of Clamato juice (A tomato and clam juice cocktail)
- 1 Celery Stalk
- Celery Salt
- Create the rimmer by rubbing the lime wedge on the edge of the glass and then dipping the glass in celery salt. Place lime on glass rim after.
- Add ice
- Add vodka
- Add Worcestershire sauce
- Add Clamato juice
- Mix drink and add celery stalk to finish
How To Spice Up Your Caesar
Given the overall versatility of this great cocktail, there’s a million ways to spice it up and make your caesar stand out from the rest. But for the sake of brevity we’ll just cover our 5 favorite ways to enhance a Bloody Caesar.
#1 – Tabasco Sauce
A dash of tabasco sauce can be just what your caesar needs to get that extra kick.
#2 A1 Steak Sauce
Although this sounds unusual at first, it can be a great addition to help enhance the flavor of the drink.
#3 Use A Bacon Flavored Vodka
A personal favorite is the fantastic Bakon vodka to help bring this cocktail to the next level.
#4 Garnish with a spiced bean
Spiced beans such as The Extreme Bean can really help
#5 Replace the rim trim with Matt and Steve’s Caesar rimmer
Using this unique blend of spices can really complete this cocktail
There’s probably no cocktail that’s been as experimented with as the Clamato Caesar. From beans, to bacon, to full burgers there’s almost nothing that hasn’t been attempted.