Wednesday, 8 July 2009

Hail Caesar!

Not that guy.

A Caesar is a cocktail loved by Canadians, related to the Bloody Mary but more savoury with the addition of clam broth and more vigorous seasoning. It was first made by muddling real clams in it's inception in Calgary, Alberta some 40 years ago. Luckily Clamato was invented a year later, making it easy to make this cocktail at home. Really, who wants to muddle clams?

As Richard Jeni, comedian, famously said about the person who invented Clamato. "Can you imagine someone taking a sip of tomato juice and thinking, 'hmmm, needs fish'?"

As odd as the combo might sound, it works. It has a rounder, more full flavour than the Bloody Mary and goes well with Mediterranean food as well as standard pub fare.

Here is the recipe for a Caesar, as published on That's The Spirit

• 4 oz. Clam Tomato Cocktail
• 2 dashes Worcestershire sauce
• 1 1/2 oz. vodka
• 1 dash TABASCO® Brand Pepper Sauce
celery salt to taste
Celery stalk
Lime wedge
pepper to taste
salt to taste
Mixing instructions:
Rim a highball glass with lime (or lemon) , celery salt, and salt. Add vodka and Clam Tomato Cocktail to ice and season with pepper, Worcestershire sauce, and Tabasco. Stir, and then garnish with a celery stick.
Option: Rim glass with Seasoning Salt (not really an option as far as I am concerned, it really adds to the flavour)

The variations are infinite, you can add a little horseradish, wasabi, Frank's Caesar hot sauce, anything that strikes you to spice it up or make it complement your meal. Garnishes could include shrimp or even a green onion. Click here for more options.

Now that you are ready to drink like a Canadian, here is a video on how to make the perfect Caesar. Don't forget to call up a few friends, eh?

PS, no driving. Not even after one drink.