If you love a classic caesar cocktail, you need to try our Copycat Pickled Caesar Cocktail inspired by Beerhouse Public House – a satisfying, salty twist on a classic!
Pickled Caesar Cocktail Recipe
For those not in the loop, a Caesar Cocktail is similar to a Bloody Mary cocktail only it adds a splash of clamato juice for a briny, umami taste. It’s a vodka-based tomato cocktail that is equally perfect for brunch or late-night appetizers!
Recently, we were at Beertown Public House (a Southwestern Ontario chain of craft beer-focused restaurants) and I decided to treat myself to a drink. You’d think I’d go with the obvious choice and order a beer, but their caesars caught my eye – and you know I love a good caesar! They had three on offer – regular, spicy, and pickled. I probably would have gone for either the regular or the spicy, but the rockstar bartender made me a flight of all three to sample and I was shocked that the pickled caesar ended up being my favorite!
(Plus I love that play on words for a pickled caesar – it makes me think of a very intoxicated emperor.)
This cocktail is definitely not confined to the die-hard pickle eaters out there. (And I know they exist… they have whole festivals dedicated to pickles!) I probably have a pickle three or four times a year. I like them just fine, but they aren’t something I ever crave or seek out, but I found this cocktail absolutely delicious!
The addition of pickle juice to a classic caesar is a fun complement to the unique flavor profile of a caesar cocktail. The brininess of the clamato (which is a clam-tomato juice used in Italian cooking) works well with the brininess of the pickle juice – they bring different qualities to the cocktail without making it overly salty. (The clam juice has an umami-salty profile, while the pickles add a touch of sweetness with their brine, along with the dill flavor that works so well in this recipe.)
Pickled Caesar Cocktail Ingredients
- 2-4 Tablespoons dill pickle juice
- 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
- Mini gherkins, optional garnish
- 1 teaspoon cajun spice mix or celery salt
Tip: to make your own clamato juice, combine equal parts tomato juice and clam juice.
Kitchen Tools You May Find Helpful
- Ice maker
- Liquid measure
- Hurricane glasses
- Citrus juicer
- Sharp kitchen knife
How to Make a Pickled Caesar
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, pickle juice, 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 as desired.
Beertown Public House Review
I would be remiss to share this Copycat Pickle Caesar cocktail without spending a couple minutes talking about the restaurant that inspired it!
Beertown Public House is a craft beer-focused restaurant with an inspired menu that elevates pub food to gastronome-worthy status. The vibe is hip yet family-friendly, with cool touches like beer taps installed right in your table (if you sit at a booth like we did) and brewery-inspired decor like barrels and exposed pipes that are playful nods to the restaurant’s roots.
We’ve eaten here a few times and the menu has changed quite a bit with each visit. The pork belly tacos I enjoyed on our first visit were nowhere to be found, but there were plenty of other delicious options in their place.
I invited my “sometimes” vegan brother to join us and we sampled some options from the gluten-free menu, the vegan menu, and the main menu.
We ordered both the regular fish tacos and the vegan faux tacos to compare, and I surprisingly liked the vegan tacos better – battered meatless chick’n, shredded cabbage, cilantro, pico de gallo, guacamole, chipotle aïoli, lime, scallions, and hot sauce. Everything was incredibly fresh and gorgeously plated, which makes it taste even better to me!
The kids ordered mac n’cheese and fish and chips, but I’ll give Ella some foodie props for asking to swap out the standard fries for their truffle parm fries. That girl loves her some stinky truffles!
Beertown is also known for their crazy root beer obsession. You can buy a pail of root beers all from different brands to see all the different ways root beer can be made – we ordered it the first time we visited and it was a fun thing to sample as we waited for the apps (although be prepared that the kids probably won’t like all of them).
We also sampled the Gluten-free Warm Artichoke and Spinach Pot which was totally addictive, and we shared the Sweet Board which offered the warm sticky toffee pudding topped with vanilla ice cream, a raspberry white chocolate cheesecake (which was the kids’ favourite), and a Beertown brownie. Sticky Toffee Pudding and Bread Pudding are my two favorite desserts, and this one did not disappoint! (The only disappointing thing was that I had to share it…)
Beertown has a few locations in Southwestern Ontario – Cambridge, Waterloo, London and Burlington – so definitely check it out if you find yourself near one! It’s a great option for a casual yet foodie supper, especially if you have mixed dietary needs in your group – no one has to compromise here!
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