Anyone want to take a guess at what Canada’s National Cocktail might be? It is not the Canadian Rock Shot. Nor is it the Newfoundland Screech, the Moose Milk, the Cariboo or the Yukon Jack.
But if you guessed Caesar, then you would be right.
Whether you like it with a strip of bacon, a spicy asparagus or simply with a piece of celery, the Caesar has been a staple on the Canadian cocktail scene since 1969 when bartender Walter Chell was asked to create a new, signature cocktail for the grand opening of Marco’s Italian Restaurant in Calgary. Wanting to stay true to both his Italian roots (not to mention the flavours on Marco’s menu) and to his new country, Walter found his inspiration from his favourite dish, Spaghetti Alla Vongole (an Italian specialty made with you guessed it, tomatoes and clams).
Fast forward almost 50 years and the Caesar is one of the top cocktails in Canada. So popular that today, May 17th, is National Caesar Day! In celebration, not only are we hitting our favourite patio for a drink, but we are including a menu for you to create at home.
Our friends over at the LCBO provided this classic Caesar recipe:
Celery salt to taste
Salt to taste
1 1/4 oz vodka
4 oz clam & tomato juice
Pepper to taste
4 dashes Worcestershire sauce
3 dash hot sauce
- Rim a highball glass with lime and then celery salt.
- Fill glass with ice, add salt and pepper, vodka and clam & tomato juice.
- Season with Worcestershire and hot sauce. Stir.
- Garnish with celery stalk and lime.
TIP: Turn up the heat
Stir in horseradish to give a Caesar some extra bite.
For very special occasions, we also suggest you try adding a few drops of the highly sought after Diamond Reserve from Tabasco. This limited edition bottle will be released in celebration of Tabasco’s 150th anniversary and will be available sometime this year through the Avery Island company’s website. Keep an eye out for announcements and hoard if you can. The flavour is definitely 10 Carat!
TIP: Try a new garnish
A strip of bacon
Pickled beans (Spicy or not)
A lobster tail (YUM)
Or some beef jerky
TIP: Serve with bacon wrapped scallops