The Caesar is a classic Canadian cocktail. Invented in Calgary in the late 1960s, this spicy and refreshing drink with vodka and Clamato (tomato and clam juice) is a summer staple on patios across the Great White North.
Our family's version is always a hit with guests. There's no better way to relish the final days of summer than to enjoy one in the sunshine.
Step 1: Ingredients
You'll need the following:
- highball glass
- 1.5 oz shot of vodka
- 12 oz Clamato juice (a mix of tomato juice and clam broth)
- 2 dashes Worcestershire sauce
- 4 dashes Tabasco sauce
- salt and pepper
- lime wedge or lime juice
- Celery salt or Caesar rimmer (Caesar rimmer is mostly celery salt with garlic and some other spices)
- bamboo skewer
- cherry or grape tomato
- spicy pickled green bean
- lime wedge (see my instructable on how to cut limes like a bartender)
Step 2: Make the Garnishes
A traditional Caesar is garnished with a celery stalk, but nobody likes celery. Everyone loves a meat garnish.*
To make a tasty and attractive garnish, we use salami, cherry tomatoes, and pickled beans.
Slice the salami. Remove any inedible casing.
Put the salami on a bamboo skewer. Add a tomato on top.
Finally, slide a spicy pickled bean onto the skewer.
If you are throwing a party, be sure to make your garnishes in advance, before your guests arrive.
*Totally not true. Vegetarians generally don't appreciate meat on their drinks. Vegans wouldn't like it either, but they don't drink Caesars due to the clam juice.
Step 3: Mix and Enjoy
Wet the rim of the glass with lime juice.
Dip the rim in celery salt or Caesar rimmer.
Fill the glass with ice.
Add a 1.5 oz shot of vodka, 2 shakes of Worcestershire sauce and 4 shakes Tabasco.
Top up with Clamato and then add a pinch of salt and pepper.
Garnish with your spicy bean skewer and a lime wedge.