The Caesar co*cktail, aka the Canadian Bloody Mary Recipe (2024)

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The Caesar co*cktail, Canada's brunch (or anytime) drink is similar to a Bloody Mary, with a few key changes. Once you try one, you'll never go back. 158 calories and 7 Weight Watchers Freestyle SP
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Although the Caesar (the co*cktail, not the salad) is a drink reminiscent of my wayward twenties and several queasy morning-afters, I still have a very soft spot for this tomato-based co*cktail. Okay, I wasn't actually that wayward, though perhaps my story about the Kamikaze shots had you thinking otherwise. At the end of a long dinner shift at the restaurant where I worked during some of my university years, the staff would line up at the bar with the vodka, Clamato juice, Worcestershire sauce and Tabasco sauce to make some stiff co*cktails. Who said these babies need to be relegated to brunch on Sundays?

If you've never heard of a Caesar that doesn’t involve romaine lettuce and creamy dressing, you're not alone. It likely means that you are neither a Canadian nor a regular visitor to my maple-leafed homeland. In fact, you are probably thinking that the drink in the picture looks suspiciously like a Bloody Mary. However, there are several distinct differences, starting with the Clamato juice. This juice, as the name suggests, is a mixture of tomato juice and clam broth and is found on the shelves of most supermarkets in the United States. I know the flavor combination sounds questionable, but you really can't taste the clams. At least I can't. In fact, I prefer it over tomato juice because it is not as thick and makes the co*cktail go down more smoothly than a Bloody Mary.

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The Clamato juice is mixed with vodka, kicked up with Worcestershire and Tabasco sauce (I like mine spicy) and served in a glass rimmed with celery salt. Traditionally, it is served with a rib of celery, but I also toss in a couple of pimento-stuffed olives. The big ones. I always save them to the end because, after marinating in the co*cktail, they become little drunken orbs of joy.

So, who the heck thought of this crazy drink combination? As the story goes, the Caesar was invented in 1969 by Walter Chell, who was given the task of coming up with a signature drink for a new Italian restaurant opening in Calgary. Chell found inspiration in the classic Italian dish, Spaghetti alle Vongole (Spaghetti with Clams). The Caesar became an instant sensation and continues to be so popular that, in 2009, a petition was started to make the Caesar into Canada's national drink. Move over Molson...here comes the Clamato.

If a petition isn't enough to convince you, then perhaps this purported statistic will: Over 350 million Caesars are consumed each year in Canada. There are only 34 million people living in Canada. So, either we're filling up the mountain water holes with Caesars (which might explain some of those drunken moose stories) or we think these co*cktails are pretty darn tasty. So, get out there and pick up some Clamato juice and I'll raise my Caesar-filled glass to you. Eh?

The recipe:
Spread the celery salt onto a small plate. Rub the rim of one 12-ounce glass with a lime wedge. Turn the glass upside down and dip the rim of the glass into the celery salt. Repeat with remaining 3 glasses.

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Fill each glass with ice cubes. Divide the vodka equally between the 4 glasses. Pour Clamato juice into each glass.

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Season each Caesar with several dashes of Worcestershire and Tabasco sauces, to desired spiciness. Stir each co*cktail with a stir stick. Garnish with celery sticks, olives and remaining lime wedges. Serve.

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More of my favorite co*cktails:
Cookin' Canuck's Kamikaze co*cktail or Shot
Cookin' Canuck's
Creative Culinary's Grapefruit, Lime & Maraschino Martini
Family Style Food's Italian Greyhound with Rosemary Sugar
Inspired Taste's Pear & Cranberry co*cktail

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The Caesar co*cktail, aka the Canadian Bloody Mary

The Caesar co*cktail is Canada's version of the Bloody Mary and it is so flavorful and easy to make. Perfect for brunch! 158 calories and 7 Weight Watchers Freestyle SP

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Course: Beverages

Cuisine: Canadian

Keyword: Bloody Mary

Prep Time: 10 minutes minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes minutes

Servings: 4 co*cktails

Calories: 157.6kcal

Author: Dara Michalski | Cookin' Canuck

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Spread the celery salt onto a small plate. Rub the rim of one 12-ounce glass with a lime wedge. Turn the glass upside down and dip the rim of the glass into the celery salt. Repeat with remaining 3 glasses.

  • Fill each glass with ice cubes. Divide the vodka equally between the 4 glasses. Pour Clamato juice into each glass.

  • Season each Caesar with several dashes of Worcestershire and Tabasco sauces, to desired spiciness. Stir each co*cktail with a stir stick.

  • Garnish with celery sticks, olives and remaining lime wedges. Serve.

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Notes

*Not included in nutritional information.

Weight Watchers Points: 7 (Freestyle SmartPoints)

Nutrition

Serving: 1co*cktail | Calories: 157.6kcal | Carbohydrates: 11.3g | Protein: 1g | Sodium: 895.9mg | Sugar: 8.2g

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The Caesar co*cktail, aka the Canadian Bloody Mary Recipe (2024)

FAQs

What is the difference between a Bloody Mary and a Canadian Caesar drink? ›

They each have a vodka base, but Bloody Marys feature tomato juice, while Caesars make use of clamato, a combination of clam and tomato juice. Also, even though both are popular brunch drinks, the Caesar is really only well-known in Canada.

What is the Canadian take on the Bloody Mary called? ›

Caesar is kind of like a Bloody Mary, but with clam juice.

What is Bloody Caesar in Canada? ›

The Caesar, also known as the Bloody Caesar, is considered Canada's national co*cktail. The key ingredients are vodka, clam juice, tomato juice, spices and Worcestershire sauce. It is typically served in a highball glass rimmed with celery salt and garnished with a celery stalk, olives and lime.

What is Canada's national co*cktail? ›

It's as Canadian as maple syrup. The Caesar is Canada's national co*cktail. Created in a hotel bar in Calgary in 1969, it's been the only-in-Canada favorite game night, summer patio, and 'hair of the dog' Sunday brunch co*cktail.

What do Canadians call beer and clamato juice? ›

Clamato is also added to beer in various beer co*cktails, such as the michelada; the most basic is known as a "beer 'n clam", "Clam Eye", or "Red Eye" in Western Canada, which adds Clamato to pale lagers.

What is the most popular co*cktail in Canada? ›

1. Bloody Caesar. The Caesar, also known as the Bloody Caesar, is considered Canada's national co*cktail.

What country invented the Bloody Mary? ›

The story goes that a young bartender named Fernand “Pete” Petiot invented the Bloody Mary at Harry's New York Bar in Paris in 1921.

What is the beer called that comes with a Bloody Mary? ›

Then there's the question of what it's called. In Wisconsin, it's a chaser, a beer back, side beer, and, rarely, a pony. In Minnesota, it's called a snit. Whatever it's called, Wisconsinites love their Bloody Marys with a beer chaser.

Do Canadians call a Bloody Mary a Caesar? ›

Similar drinks, both are lovely with a little snack.

What is the national drink of the USA? ›

Bourbon (whiskey), named for Bourbon County, Kentucky, is a corn whiskey aged in charred oak barrels. It was proclaimed the U.S. National Spirit by an act of Congress in 1964.

Is a Bloody Caesar a Canadian drink? ›

The Caesar was invented in 1969 by restaurant manager Walter Chell of the Calgary Inn (today the Westin Hotel) in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He devised the co*cktail after being tasked to create a signature drink for the Calgary Inn's new Italian restaurant.

Why do Canadians call a Bloody Mary a Caesar? ›

In 2010, Parliament named the Caesar as the official co*cktail of Canada. The name Caesar is said to come about from a patron of Chell's who shouted out, “that's a damn good Caesar” and it's stuck since it's inception. Mott's, a distributor of Clamato estimates 350 million Caesar's are consumed each year in Canada.

What do Canadians drink for breakfast? ›

For breakfast in Canada, we drink coffee, orange juice and chocolate milk. There is a choice between eating a small breakfast or a big breakfast. We are more likely to eat a big breakfast during the weekend and it has eggs, bacon, sausage, hash browns, pancakes with maple syrup and toast with butter and jam.

What is Canada's Favourite drink? ›

Approximately 69 percent of all Canadian survey respondents regularly drink coffee. Juice and bottled water followed in second and third places, with 53 and 50 percent of respondents stating that they regularly consume them. This data is an aggregation of four surveys carried out in 2022.

Is a Caesar better than a Bloody Mary? ›

Traditional Caesar = Clamato Juice, Vodka, Rim-It, Celery, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco. Bloody Mary = Tomator Juice, Vodka, Worcestershire sauce. The Caesar is a far superior version.... and a great morning drink!

Is Clamato a Canadian thing? ›

The Caesar is a Canadian invention, however, Clamato is not. It was invented in New York and was (and still is) produced in the U.S. Here is an excerpt from clamato's website .. “Clamato began refreshing us in California in the year 1969.

What drink is similar to a Bloody Mary? ›

The Screwdriver has the same vodka base as a Bloody Mary. However, it uses orange juice instead of tomato juice.

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