My first memory of a Caesar is from a very young age. I was probably 8 or 9, and we were at the nicest restaurant in town. I was determined to get a ‘special drink’ that wasn’t a Shirley Temple. My friend’s mom ordered a Caesar, so I decided that sounded like an excellent idea! Of course all of the adults laughed and ordered me the Shirley Temple anyway — knowingly telling me I wouldn’t like the Caesar anyway. (And of course, they would have been right. Caesars aren’t for kids, silly!)
Fast forward to today, and Caesars are one of my favourite cocktails. They are the ubiquitous Canadian cocktail, found at happy hours and brunch from sea to sea to sea. The main difference between a Caesar and its cousin, the Bloody Mary, is the use of Clamato juice instead of tomato juice, which gives the drink an extra lovely depth of flavour and even a slight sweetness.
Caesars are now the first thing that the hubby and I order when we get on the usual Air Canada flight from Sydney to Vancouver. It’s the first taste of home, even while 12,500 km away. I’ve introduced the Caesar now to a few Aussies, to mixed reviews — I don’t blame them, it’s an acquired taste. But in my humble opinion, oh-so-damn-good.
Caesars, aka the Canadian Bloody Mary
In a tall cocktail glass, mix together:
- Dash or two of tabasco sauce (or more if you like it hot)
- Two dashes Worcestershire sauce (approximately just less than 1/2 tsp)
- Twist of fresh ground black pepper
- Squeeze in 1 wedge each of a lemon and lime
- 1-2 shots of vodka or gin (I’m a gin girl and always go for the double)
- Handful of ice
Add in enough Clamato juice to fill the glass and give a good stir. Adjust quantities according to your tastebuds.
Garnishing your Caesar
Caesars are known to come with some amazing garnishes. The simplest is a stick of celery, pickle, or a long green bean. Level two adds in a cocktail olive, a pickled onion, or maybe a jalapeno. A sprig of basil, an artful twist of cucumber, a perfect cube of cheddar, or a combination of all these can make it more artful. And let’s not forget the traditional Caesar spice mix salted rim — which I’m sad to say I haven’t had in so long that I actually don’t remember what’s in it. I promise to research that for you. 🙂
Garnish level WINNING is found in the below pins (even if one of them is a Bloody Mary – sorry!).
PS — Clamato juice, the crucial ingredient of a Caesar, can be found in nearly every Canadian grocery store. Americans, it’s listed online at Walmart and Target, so check your nearest store or order it online. Aussies, I’m SUPER excited to say it can be ordered affordably through O Canada foods! Different sizes listed here.