What’s a Caesar eh!?

Oh Canada, our home and native land! Home of the Hockey Hall of Fame, maple syrup, BeaverTails, free health care and the Justins (Trudeau and Bieber). If you live in Canada, I have no doubt that you have ordered a Caesar before and whether you are a fan of it or not, you know that it is a standard Canadian cocktail.


Originated in Calgary, Alberta in 1969, Walter Chell was assigned the task to create a new drink for the opening of an Italian Restaurant. Inspired by Spaghetti Vangole and speculated to be influenced by a 1900’s Modern American Drink Book, Chell invented the Caesar cocktail – a salty, sour & spicy Canadian sensation.

During the same time, Mott’s introduced Clamato, a Clam and Tomato juice. Sales did not pick up until distributors discovered Chell’s drink. Mott’s Clamato Cocktail made making Caesars a heck of a lot easier in homes and bars.


Walter Chell

The main ingredients consist of:

  • Vodka
  • Clamato (Clam + Tomato Juice)
  • Celery Salt
  • Worcestershire Sauce
  • Hot Sauce
  • Lime
  • Salt + Pepper

There are thousands of variations for this drink – some involving bacon, lobster, pickles, steak, perogies, onion rings and mango (not all together, although I wouldn’t be surprised to find such a recipe & it sure would be interesting to try). This drink can easily turn into a meal. You can find recipes for some of the craziest Caesar versions on National Caesar Day. Wait, what!? Canada has a day dedicated to celebrating the Caesar? Yup. This cocktail is so good that it was granted its own day – May 19th.

Despite it being Canada’s national cocktail, the Caesar is almost exclusively known only in Canada (and some parts of Mexico). Outside of Canada, most people have never tasted a Caesar before or even heard of this strange but surprisingly tasty drink. If you are one of those people, you must give it a try at least once. I remember being reluctant to try it my first time as I am not a fan of tomato juice, but with all the spices and added flavours, it tasted like nothing I had ever had.

If I haven’t convinced you to love this drink yet,  I’ll just let Canada’s PM do all the convincing.


Try Making a Caesar Cocktail at Home

If you ever want to enjoy a Caesar at home but don’t have all the ingredients, you can purchase Walter’s premium caesar mix. It is all natural, Ocean Wise™ recommended, and made in small batches to ensure great quality – so basically a tasty and hassle free way to create this fun cocktail at home. You could also definitely have a lot of fun stacking this drink with creative & homemade garnishes.

Check out Walter to see what they are all about.

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