Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Caesars: The Essential Guide to Your Favourite Cocktail

The Essential Guide to Your Favourite Cocktail
By Clint Pattemore
Trade Paperback, 208 pages

Hail Caesar! Easily a favourite cocktail, the Caesar can be enjoyed any time of day as a classic brunch drink, afternoon pick me up or as accompaniment to a great dinner.

The Caesar is also infinitely adaptable. I like going to my favourite pub for $3 Caesar Sundays, in which you can design your own drink at the bar.

But you don't have to leave home to enjoy this fabulous cocktail, Mott's Clamato's brand ambassador and chief mixing officer, Clint Pattemore, has put together this delicious book of Caesar inspirations. Also included are some wonderful recipes that go perfectly with the drinks. It's time to throw some Caesar parties. Don't forget to invite me!

Contents include:
  • Hello Caesar fans!
  • Hail Caesar! The Story of Canada's Cocktail
  • Entertaining with Caesars
  • Anatomy of a Caesar
  • Caesar-Making Equipment and Techniques
  • The Classic Caesar
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Food Recipes

From the Back Flap:

The Caesar is the iconic Canadian cocktail, shared on backyard patios and cocktail menus from coast to coast. Caesars is the ultimate guide to this Canadian classic, containing more than 50 unique recipes for Caesar variations, and 20 delicious food recipes to pair with them.

Mounties, maple syrup, hockey… few things are as distinctly and proudly Canadian as the Caesar cocktail. First mixed nearly fifty years ago in Calgary, Alberta, the Caesar has grown to become one of the most popular cocktails across our great nation. With Canada Day just around the corner, what better way to enjoy the day than mixing Canada’s top drink in celebration with your family and friends?

For this colourful cookbook, Clint Pattemore, Chief Mixing Officer for Mott’s Clamato, has teamed up with Top Chef alum Chef Connie De Sousa and Charcut Roast House co-owner Chef John Jackson. Together they have created a book for year round enjoyment, with recipes organised by season. From Caesar innovations like the Clamdigger, Gin & Ginger or Don Cherry, to the mouthwatering appetizers to accompany them, like Stuffed Meatballs, Sausage Sliders or Warm Pretzel Bites, you’ll want to try every recipe in this vibrant, accessible collection.

CLINT PATTEMORE is the CMO (Chief Mixing Officer) at Mott's. He has been the Mott's brand ambassador since 2012.

CONNIE DE SOUSA began her culinary career at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, she then worked in restaurants in the US and Canada, including Jean Georges in NYC, Quince in San Francisco, and Chez Panisse in Berkeley. She is now co-owner of Charcut Roast House in Calgary.

JOHN JACKSON is began his culinary career at Calgary's award-winning Owl's Nest Dining Room, he then worked in restaurants in NYC and across Europe. He is now co-owner of Charcut Roast House in Calgary.


If you're hosting a party, you're responsible for your guests' alcohol consumption. Below are some responsible hosting tips you can implement at your next get-together:

  •     As the host, drink moderately so you are better able to think clearly and act quickly to avoid any problems.
  •     Have plenty of mixers and ice on-hand so guests can refresh their drinks without needing to add alcohol.
  •     Make sure you have food on-hand throughout the party to avoid your guests drinking on empty stomachs.
  •     Make sure you have food on-hand throughout the party to avoid your guests drinking on empty stomachs.
  •     Promote the use of designated drivers or encourage guests to take public transportation, a taxi or walk rather than driving.
  •     Have a plan to deal with any guests who drink too much. Ask someone responsible to help you monitor the situation.