Canadian tuxedos, maple syrup, poutine…all of these are classically Canadian. But, did you know that it’s believed that the first Caesar was created right here in Canada in 1969 at the Calgary Inn?
The Caesar is virtually unknown outside of Canada and to celebrate this iconic Canadian cocktail – today is the first-ever National Caesar Day here in Canada!
Fun Cesar Facts
Did you know that 350 Million Caesars are made every year?
Did you know the main difference between a Caesar and a Bloody Mary is clam juice?
I have teamed up with my friends at Iceberg Vodka to offer you some alternative recipes to the classic Caesar!
Created by: David Mulock, Ja Bistro (Toronto, ON)
1.5 oz. Iceberg Vodka
0.5 oz. fresh PEI oyster juice
2 small chili peppers
Muddle Iceberg Vodka and chili peppers in a mixing glass. Fine strain into a tall glass rimmed with celery salt. Pour oyster juice out of the shell into the glass. Add ice and fill with Clamato. Serve and enjoy!
Created by: Simon Johnson, Cafe California (Toronto, ON)
1.5 oz. Iceberg Vodka
0.5 oz. Gibson’s Finest Sterling Canadian Whisky
0.5 oz. Bull’s Eye Steakhouse Barbecue Sauce
0.25 Allen’s Malt Vineyard
0.5 tsp. creamy horseradish
0.25 tsp. minced garlic
0.5 oz. lemon juice
Ground black pepper
For the rim:
2 cooked pieces of Canadian strip bacon
Finely chop the piece of Canadian strip bacon and mix with an equal amount of celery salt. Coat the top of the glass in maple syrup and press the rim into the bacon and celery mixture. Fill glass with ice. In a shaker, add the Iceberg Vodka, whisky, barbecue sauce, malt vinegar, maple syrup, creamy horseradish, minced garlic, lemon juice and a pinch of ground black pepper. Shake ingredients and pour into tall glass, top with Clamato. Garnish with a lime wedge and a strip of Canadian bacon. Serve and enjoy!
The Federal Caesar
Rim a glass with celery salt and fill with ice. Add Iceberg Vodka and top with Walter’s Caesar Mix. Add freshly grated horseradish and stir. Garnish with a lime wedge, pickles, and Cool Ranch Doritos.
Share your fave recipes and cocktail pictures with me on Twitter (@JennAndTheCity) using the hashtag #NationalCaesarDay.
If you need even more inspiration, check out NationalCaesarDay.com for recipes and videos!