There’s a huge chance that only my Canadian friends will understand why the Caesar should be left alone. Since it’s Canada day weekend, I decided to speak about something really Canadian. The Caesar! a drink that is equally delicious as is awesome and truly Canadian. There’s been many variations of this drink in other countries but they simply fall short.
Quick history; It was invented in Calgary, Alberta in 1969 by restaurateur Walter Chell to celebrate the opening of a new Italian restaurant in the city. It quickly became a popular mixed drink within Canada where over 350 million Caesars are consumed annually and it has inspired numerous variants. However, the drink remains almost unknown outside the country. It consist of Vodka, Clamato juice, Hot Sauce, Worcestershire Sauce, and ice. Served in a Celery salt rimmed galls, garnished with a celery stick or pickled been, and lemon wedge.
Last father’s day we ended going for lunch as a family. My wife and I ordered 2 Caesar’s variant of the original and they were awful. Since it’s inception many have tried to replicate or re-create this drink. They add seafood, cure meats skewers and other types of alcohol like Tequila, Gin or Rum. It just doesn’t work. They may be OK variants and may taste enticing but the truth is the original is really, really good. Nothing beats a well made Caesar on a hot day. I was so disappointed with the one I had on father’s day. I had the Mojito Caesar which had tequila instead of Vodka. Not a good mix.
Caesars are really simple to make if you can get your hands on Clamato which may not be as easy to our friends south of the border. A Mott’s company mixed drink made from Clams and tomato juice, its they key ingredient and cannot be substituted. Tabasco sauce is the traditional hot sauce of choice while Worcestershire sauce is the final and last key to the puzzle. Bloody Mary’s are not the same, just saying! (trust me on that one)
HAPPY CANADA DAY EVERYONE!