Happy National Caesar Day! Spend a day sipping on a Canadian classic that has endless cocktail variations. Caesars are primarily consumed in Canada; if you go down to the United States and order a Caesar you will probably be met with quizzical looks and offered a Caesar salad or Bloody Mary instead.
The Bloody Caesar’s signature component is Clamato juice, consisting of tomato juice and clam broth, which is what sets it apart from its cousin the Bloody Mary. It is also an amazing hangover cure… the perfect hair of the dog concoction. Created in Calgary, Alberta by Walter Chell, the Caesar has become a classic that is loved by Canadians, that also has countless creative variations to keep the drink interesting. Below are some easy Caesar ideas to help celebrate National Caesar Day!
Classic Bloody Caesar
This is the delicious classic creation that started the entire Canadian Caesar craze. First always rim the glass, and for the classic use celery salt. Add ice, a generous amount of vodka, Clamato, Worchester sauce, hot sauce, salt and pepper to taste and you have the classic Caesar! Make it muddy by adding more Worchester or spicy by adding more hot sauce. Don’t forget to garnish with a lime and a celery stalk to snack on.
Pretty much all Caesar variations consist of the same base of Clamato, vodka, Worchester and hot sauce. For the crazy cult of people who are pickle fanatics (such as myself) this is a great twist. Adding a splash of pickle juice from a jar of pickles creates a puckering tangy twist. Throw in a pickle to garnish, along with an extreme bean or cocktail onion.
Bring on the Heat! Along with the Caesar base, add a splash of pickled jalapeno juice and a generous amount of hot sauce to kick this Canadian classic up a notch. Try rimming the glass with Tajín, a seasoning made up of chili power, lime and salt. Garnish with jalapenos, fresh or pickled, depending on how brave you are.
Even though this seems like a variation that may not be appealing, I can assure you it is delicious and a new way to add good kick to this classic. Depending on how much horseradish is added, the Caesar will begin to thicken up a bit, so add according to your own taste. Also adding a splash of lime juice to the cocktail will give a fresh and zesty component. Try steak salt as a rim with a garnish of celery, lime, a pepperette and a cube of cheese, making a great snack to go with your drink.
Mix different spirits!
Caesars typically use vodka, but substituting different spirits such as gin, tequila or whiskey can change the taste profile. Gin gives a more herbal taste that mixes well with the Clamato juice. For those of you not too scarred from previous experiences with tequila, adding it to your Caesar adds a heavier and spicier taste. Even a virgin Caesar is satisfying with all the right spices.
Now this variation on a Caesar may seem insane to some, but for others it is their go to concoction to spice up their drink. Mixing three parts beer and one part Clamato, while seasoning to taste with other ingredients such as Worchester and hot sauce. For a truly Canadian cocktail, mix your Caesar with a beer like Molson Canadian, although any beer can do.
Honestly, you can garnish your Caesar with anything you want, but here are a few ideas:
Celery, lime, lemon, pickles, beans, cocktail onions, pepperettes, tomatoes, olives, bacon, cheese, shrimp, lobster, cucumber, cold meats, onion rings, peppers, jalapenos, gherkins, or pickled eggs.
Get creative with your rim: Celery salt, tajín, steak salt, smoked salt, pepper and salt mix, chili power or Tex Mex spice
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