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.
The main ingredients consist of:
- Clamato (Clam + Tomato Juice)
- Celery Salt
- Worcestershire Sauce
- Hot Sauce
- 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.
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