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Caesar Cocktail (Clamato Bloody Mary)

Similar to a Bloody Mary, the bloody Caesar cocktail – normally just called a Caesar – is a classic Canadian drink made with Clamato juice, vodka, Worcestershire sauce, and hot sauce. It’s rimmed with celery salt and traditionally garnished with celery and lime.

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Why I love a caesar cocktail

Maybe you already know this, but my husband is Canadian. He’s from British Columbia and we met when we was playing college hockey in my hometown. So naturally, I’ve spent a decent amount of time in Canada.

I even spent two summers working in the restaurant of a golf course just outside of Marc’s hometown. I waited tables, bartended a little and set up for events like golf outings, weddings and fundraisers.

During that time, I made plenty of drinks, but guess which one I made the most? That’s right. The bloody Caesar. Although they’re technically just called Caesars in Canada (I only included the full name for the my non-Canadian readers).

Here’s what you’ll need to make it

Ingredients:

  • Celery salt
  • Vodka
  • Clamato juice – that’s a mixture of tomato and clam juice. It’s sold in the juice section of the grocery store
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Tabasco – you can swap your favorite hot sauce if you want
  • Black pepper

How to make a caesar

Rim your glasses and fill with ice. Rub a lime or lemon wedge along the rim of your glass and dip it into a plate lined with celery salt. If you want to take things up a notch, try a mix of celery salt and steak seasoning.

The fill your glass about 3/4 full of ice. You can use a little less or a little more, it’s up to you.

Add vodka, Worcestershire and hot sauce. No need to bust out the cocktail shaker. Add it directly to the glass over your ice.

Top with Clamato juice. Fill the glass with Clamato juice and sprinkle a little bit of black pepper (freshly cracked if you have it). Some people add salt, but I figure there’s plenty of sodium in there already.

Garnish. I’ve seen all sorts of garnishes on Caesars, so anything goes, but traditionally there’s lime and celery. I like to add a pickled vegetable of some kind, too.

Everything you need to know about the bloody caesar

Why is it called a bloody Caesar?

Sources say that the inventor of the drink was inspired by the Italian dish, spaghetti with red clam sauce, and named it after Caesar (the title given to Roman rulers and commonly associated with Julius Caesar) accordingly.

What did the Caesar drink originate?

The drink was created in 1969 by Walter Chell of Calgary, Alberta

What alcohol is in a Caesar?

Vodka.

Is Clamato vegan?

No. Clamato is not vegan because it contains clam juice, which is an animal product. You can make it vegan by using tomato juice and kelp flakes (just a pinch should do it). You’ll also need to use a vegan Worcestershire sauce.

What is the difference between a Bloody Mary and a Caesar?

A caesar is made with Clamato instead of tomato juice, and it doesn’t have the thick consistency that a bloody Mary has. Bloody Marys are typically made in a cocktail shaker, while a caesar is stirred in the glass.

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Bloody Caesar Cocktail

  • Author: Melissa Belanger
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cocktail 1x
  • Category: Vodka
  • Method: Mixing
  • Cuisine: Canadian

Description

Similar to a Bloody Mary, the bloody Caesar cocktail – normally just called a Caesar – is a classic Canadian drink made with Clamato juice, vodka, Worcestershire sauce, and hot sauce. It’s rimmed with celery salt and traditionally garnished with celery and lime.


Ingredients

Scale
  • Celery salt
  • 1 1/2 ounces vodka
  • 3 dashes Tabasco
  • 4 dashes Worcestershire sauce
  • 5 ounces Clamato juice
  • Black pepper

Instructions

  1. Rim glass with celery salt and fill with ice.
  2. Add vodka, hot sauce and Worcestershire sauce.
  3. Top with Clamato juice and stir gently to combine.
  4. Garnish with a sprinkle of black pepper.

Keywords: caesar cocktail, bloody caesar, how to make a caesar, clamato bloody mary

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