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
PreparationIn 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.
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!)