Chinese New Year Series: Caesar (a.k.a. Bloody Caesar)

If you are not Canadian, you probably have never heard of Caesar. Caesar, sometimes also known as Bloody Caesar, is a very Canadian cocktail. It is based off the popular Bloody Mary with a slight difference. Caesar is invented in Alberta. I have never known why this is called Caesar … anyone knows?

The primary ingredients of the cocktail is Vodka and Clamato.

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During the Chinese New Year gathering, I offered to be in charge of making the cocktail. It was an easy choice to decide on Caesar. Firstly, it is all Canadian and secondly the redness of the cocktail is just perfect for the occasion.

The color of the cocktail is Clamato, which is a blend of clam broth and tomato juice. It’s sounds like a weird combination but really, you taste more of the tomato juice than clam. Ironically, the biggest manufacturer of Clamato is Mott’s which is an American company. Another thingy you need is some Celery Salt Rimmer.

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The other ingredients are some Worcestershire Sauce and some Tabasco.

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Here is how I make it. I rim the glass with celery salt by first wetting the rim with a wedge of lime or lemon.

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And next, I rim it with celery salt like below.

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Some ice goes in first.

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Pour one shot of vodka … more if you like it.

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And fill the Clamato. Normally, 1 part of Vodka to 4 parts of Clamato.

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A few dashes of Tabasco for the spiciness and end with a few dashes of Worcestershire sauce.

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Lastly, garnish with a stalk of celery. In all accounts, it is a great drink. It leaves a very intense spiciness lingering in your mouth for a few minutes. There is no hint of sugary sweetness.

Next time you’re in Canada, order a Caesar for your drink. I think you will like it.

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  1. I love Bloody Mary’s, so I’m going to give this a try. Sounds like fun in a glass.

  2. Sounds interesting…I’ll have to give that one a try. Don’t know if I’ll be up there any time soon though ๐Ÿ™

  3. I really don’t know about Bloody Caesear!

  4. That looks yummy! I’ve tried different kinds of those (store bought) I’ll maybe give this a try sometime.

  5. Wow, I was just thinking about a Bloody Mary post, but you did it better than I could ever do! You are a miracle photographer, look at those gorgeous action pictures of the liquids “mid-pour!” And I’ve had Clamato before, and it is a very savory and delicious drink. Do you recommend using Mandarin Orange flavored vodka for a Bloody Caesar?

  6. Hi Ben & Suanne, its raining over here, somehow, I craze and crave for a glass of that bloooodyyy caesar, hail Caesar !! ๐Ÿ™‚
    p/s: I sincerely thank you adding my food blog along with all those experienced lovely foodies on your blog roll. Will do the same on my next update, thanks & cheeRRss ! ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Hi Jessica, you may leave out the vodka for a virgin Caesar.

  8. Hi Passionate Eater: I don’t think it makes much of a difference using Mandarin Orange flavoured vodka or not. The Clamato will just over-power any hint of orange flavour in the vodka. I used the Absolut Mandarin just because that is what I had available.

  9. Thank you for the follow-up. I would love to try your drink tips, and especially like the idea of rimming the glass with celery salt!

  10. Hi Ben, out of my interested, I was trying to find out why this drink called Bloody Caesar. Although I cannot find out the exact explanation, you maybe able to find a hint below:
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/h2g2/A3116620

    My pure guess: Walter Chell might be influence by the Inn’s Italian Restaurant to create this drink and the name.

  11. Hi Windy: I had always wondered myself too. Well, I know now — I learned something new today. ๐Ÿ™‚ Hail Caesar!

  12. Spent some time in Quebec this year and drank several bloody Caesers during those travels. Probably not for everyone, but I loved it and now make them at home. Really nice mix of flavors (especially the celery salt!!), and avoids the sometimes too thick nature of a bloody Mary due to the tomato juice.

  13. do you
    a bar in taipei that sells this drink?

  14. my wife had this drink for the first time last night at THE KEG and today i’m online trying to find out how to make it, it is a very good drink and most importantly is very easy to make…i will definitely try this over the weekend.

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