The quintessential Canadian cocktail, a Caesar is not a mere “Canadian version” of a Bloody Mary – it is an homage to the Canadian cultural make-up, with influences from the Wast Coast, Italian-Canadians, and Mexican-Canadians all coming together to make a truly fantastic cocktail.
Caesar Cocktail Recipe
The Caesar is Canada’s most popular mixed drink, with an estimated 418,947,000 caesars consumed in Canada last year – or about 12 for every man, woman and child.
The spicy tomato cocktail was invented in Vancouver and is truly an homage to the Canadian multicultural landscape. The bartender who first made it said he was inspired by Italian pasta dishes using clams and tomato, and he used clamato juice prepared by Italian-Canadians (an equal mixture of clam juice and tomatoes) to make his original tomato-vodka cocktail.
The clam juice used is sourced from BC, Canada’s clam capital, and the cocktail often has fresh seafood garnishes or appetizers served alongside to further celebrate that natural bounty.
The spice and flavor profile of the modern caesar borrows a lot from a Mexican Michelada, which uses beer instead of vodka, but does contain tomato juice, hot sauce, Worchester sauce, lime juice and salt (among other ingredients).
Now, I like my caesars to have a bit of kick and am admittedly a bit of a snob when it comes to hot sauces. I like a true habanero hot sauce, and if you want a really smoky flavor, El Yucateco’s Black Label Reserve Habarno Hot Sauce is a solid choice. (I used the regular Red Habanero for this recipe as my dad doesn’t like the heat as much as I do.)
Also, I like using my homemade cajun seasoning to rim the glasses, but traditionally celery salt is used.
I love to have fun with the garnishes on my caesars – sometimes adding full skewers of shrimp or beef to serve as a fun snack alongside the cocktail. I made this version the day after having lobster, so I saved the claws to serve alongside the cocktail and it was a total hit! Who would turn down fresh lobster with their cocktail?
This Caesar cocktail is a brisk and refreshing cocktail for serving at any time of the year – whether you want the spice to warm you up in the winter, or are craving some summer refreshment.
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Ingredients for a Bloody Mary Cocktail
- Clamato juice*
- Lemon Juice
- Worchestershire sauce
- Hot sauce <– my all-time favorite hot sauce
- Coarse salt and pepper
- Celery stalks, cleaned and cut to glass size, optional garnish
- Lemon slices, optional garnish
- Cajun spice mix or celery salt <– grab our recipe for homemade cajun seasoning
Scroll down to the printable recipe card for full measurements.
Tip: to make your own clamato juice, combine equal parts tomato juice and clam juice.
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I really loved using my gorgeous Omishome Bartending Kit to make this recipe. The pretty bamboo holder contains all of the tools you need to make perfect cocktails, and those pretty gold tools add a touch of class to your home bar set-up.
How to Make a Caesar Cocktail
To make your own clamato juice, combine equal parts tomato juice and clam juice. Set aside.
Place the cajun spice mix or celery salt in a shallow dish wide enough to fit the mouth of your glass in.
Wet the edge of your glasses with a bit of water and roll it in the cajun spice to create a spicy rim or celery salt for just a flavored rim.
Fill your glasses with ice and set aside.
In a cocktail shaker, combine the vodka, lemon juice, Worchestershire sauce, hot sauce, salt and pepper. Shake to combine.
Divide the cocktail mixture among the two glasses. Top with clamato juice.
Garnish with a stalk of celery and a lemon slice.
Grab your free printable for our homemade Caesar cocktail recipe:
- 4 oz vodka
- 8 oz clamato juice*
- 1 oz lemon juice
- Dash Worchestershire sauce, to taste
- Dash Hot sauce, to taste
- Coarse salt and pepper, to taste
- 2 celery stalks, cleaned and cut to glass size, optional garnish
- Lemon slices, optional garnish
- 1 teaspoon cajun spice mix
- To make your own clamato juice, combine equal parts tomato juice and clam juice. Set aside.
- Place the cajun spice mix in a shallow dish wide enough to fit the mouth of your glass in.
- Wet the edge of your glasses with a bit of water and roll it in the cajun spice to create a spicy rim.
- Fill your glasses with ice and set aside.
- In a cocktail shaker, combine the vodka, lemon juice, Worchestershire sauce, hot sauce, salt and pepper. Shake to combine.
- Divide the cocktail mixture among the two glasses. Top with clamato juice.
- Garnish with a stalk of celery and a lemon slice.
- Serve immediately.
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Smirnoff Vodka, 750 ml, 80 Proof
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 220Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1277mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 3gSugar: 8gProtein: 2g
Sugar, Spice and Glitter uses an auto-generate nutrition calculator. Nutrition information isn’t always accurate unless analyzed in a scientific lab, so these should be considered more of a guideline than medical information.
This Classic Caesar Cocktail is perfect for serving to guests and is incredibly refreshing and delicious – with the perfect amount of “bite” to it.