Canada Day is creeping up - What's Canada's Cocktail?

Real Estate Agent with Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage

Canada Day is slowly creeping up on us - July 1st will be here before you know it!

Coinciding with its 40th anniversary, a petition was launched in 2009 in the hopes of having the Caesar named Canada's official mixed drink -  it is the perfect drink to celebrate Canada Day and it can be enjoyed with, or without alcohol!

The Caesar was invented in 1969 by restaurant manager Walter Chell of the Calgary Inn. Chell said his inspiration came from Italy. He recalled that in Venice, they served Spaghetti alle vongole - spaghetti with tomato sauce and clams! 

Basic preparation of a Caesar follows the "one, two, three, four" rule. The recipe calls for 1–1½ oz of vodka, two dashes of hot sauce, three dashes of salt and pepper, four dashes of Worcestershire sauce and topped with 4–6 oz of Clamato Juice and served with ice. The ingredients are poured into a glass rimmed with celery salt or a mixture of salt and pepper and garnished with a celery stalk and lime.

Strangely, the Caesar is virtually unknown in the United States and is usually only available at bars along the Canadian border. Elsewhere, bartenders will frequently offer a Bloody Mary in its place.  THEY ARE NOT THE SAME!!

This is a homemade version of the drink if you don't have Mott's Clamato Juice available near you:


  • 1 bottle Clam, juice
  • 1 Small stalks Celery
  • 8 slices Lime4
  • 1/2 cups Tomato juice or vegetable cocktail
  • 1 tbsp Horseradish
  • 1/2 tsp Hot pepper sauce
  • 2 tbsp Lime juice
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • Celery salt for rim
  • 1/4 tsp Pepper
  • 1 cup Vodka


    In pitcher, stir together clam and tomato juices, vodka, lime juice, horseradish, Worcestershire and hot pepper sauces and pepper. Top with ice.

    Serve in glasses rimmed with celery salt and garnished with lime and celery.

    Servings: 8

This is a perfect Brunch cocktail and a very Canadian way of starting July 1st -  Canada Day (an alcohol free version is called a Virgin Caesar!)



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Comments (11)

Gloria Valvasori, Accredited Senior Agent
REAL Experience | REAL Commitment | REAL Results!

LOVE a Caesar.. and you are right, it is totally different frm a Bloddy mary , and this is one of my favourite drinks if made correctly.... Have to have the salt rim, and the stick of celery... especially great for brunch... 

Jun 23, 2016 11:19 PM
Susan Emo

Perfect for Brunch, I agree Gloria Valvasori 

Jun 23, 2016 11:39 PM
Sybil Campbell
Fernandina Beach, FL
Referral Agent Amelia Island Florida

I have never heard of this drink Susan Emo.  I'm guessing it is very popular in Canada.

Jun 23, 2016 11:29 PM
Susan Emo

It is the unofficial drink of Canada!  Motts Clamato Juice is hugely popular up here Sybil Campbell 

Jun 23, 2016 11:40 PM
Harry F. D'Elia III
WEDO Real Estate and Beyond, LLC - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

We serve many Canadian clients here in Phoenix.

Jun 23, 2016 11:51 PM
Susan Emo

When you say "serve" Harry F. D'Elia , I do hope you mean you serve them Caesars!!

Jun 23, 2016 11:52 PM
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Platinum - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

Interesting...I am going to have to try this out some time soon!

Jun 24, 2016 12:21 AM
Susan Emo

Kristin Johnston, Waukesha County Realtor 414-254-6647 it is a very popular Brunch drink up here!

Jun 24, 2016 06:09 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY

Good morning Susan,

It is a standard at this house and if out of vodka substitute beer for the "Poor Man's" version!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Jun 24, 2016 12:47 AM
Susan Emo

LOL Raymond E. Camp I hope you get to enjoy the richer version today on your Birthday!

Jun 24, 2016 06:09 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

I think I'm going to pass on this one Susan Emo but thanks for the interesting post.

Jun 24, 2016 12:56 AM
Susan Emo

LOL  Not your cup of tea Bob "RealMan" Timm ?

Jun 24, 2016 06:10 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Hail to Ceasar, and neither one of us if fond of hard liquor, however, I will file this interesting bit of info, when I meet Canadians.  A

Jun 24, 2016 02:17 AM
Susan Emo

Ron and Alexandra Seigel the "virgin" version is also very popular!

Jun 24, 2016 06:10 AM
Caron's Gateway Real Estate - Groveton, NH
Caron's Gateway Real Estate

Hi Susan Emo .   I've also never heard of the caesar drink, I'll have to try it someday.   Thank you for sharing the recipe and information.  I hope you have a great weekend, take care 

Jun 24, 2016 03:26 AM
Susan Emo

Hi KRISTIE DESAUTELS - thanks for stopping by.  I hope you do get to try it, either homemade or with Motts Clamato Juice.

Jun 24, 2016 06:11 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Susan- a very dear friend who is no longer with us used to make his wonderful Bloody Mary's with clamato juice and key limes.  I may have to try Canada's cocktail.   

Jun 25, 2016 04:44 AM
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

Hi Susan Emo ,  I love Bloody Mary's, so the "Caesar" sounds like a great way to celebrate Canada Day or any other time.  I'll have to try it!

Jul 04, 2016 11:25 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good Morning Susan - hmm...  That is certainly interesting.  Come to think of it I don't know if the US has a drink.

Jul 08, 2016 01:12 AM