Clam and tomato? Brilliant!
October 6, 2012 11:39 AM Subscribe
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Often hailed as Canada's favourite cocktail
, the Caesar
is a combination of vodka, Clamato
, Tabasco, salt and pepper, and Worcestershire sauce served in a glass rimmed with celery salt. It is almost unheard of outside of Canada
The Caesar, sometimes referred to as a Bloody Caesar, was invented in Calgary in 1969 and was intended to be the signature drink at the Calgary Inn's new Italian restaurant. Walter Chell
, the inventor of the drink, was inspired by spaghetti alle vongole
when he decided that a mixture of mashed clam and tomato juice would make a good base for the new cocktail.
While Chell's original recipe didn't include hot sauce, the Caesar is famous for it's 1-2-3-4 mixing method: 1oz vodka, 2 dashes hot sauce, 3 dashes salt and pepper, 4 dashes of Worcestershire, all topped up with Clamato.
The Caesar is so popular in Canada that both Mott's and Smirnoff sell premixed versions, and the Toronto Institute of Bartending runs an annual Caesar School
that teaches bartenders how to make a wide range of variations on the popular drink.