Cousin to the Bloody Mary, the Bloody Caesar (more commonly called just a "Caesar") is a Canadian concoction made using vodka, Clamato juice, seasoning and garnish.
Clamato juice, the main ingredient of a Bloody Caesar, is a mixture of tomato juice, spices and clam broth, which may sound funky but is actually tasty and flavourful.
When compared to a Bloody Mary, a Caesar is slightly saltier, with greater depth of flavour; it does not have an overtly "seafoody" flavour, despite the clam broth.
Clamato (both a trademarked name but also how the juice is commonly known, no matter the manufacturer) is available at any supermarket or convenience store in Canada but, ironically, can be hard to find in the United States, where it originated. Wal-Mart does carry it in most of its U.S. stores and the juice is popular in Mexico. In Europe and other countries, you may have to search specialty stores or order online.
The Caesar has its origins in Calgary, Alberta, when a crafty bartender created it to mark the opening of an Italian restaurant. His inspiration was the Italian dish, Spaghetti Vongole (pasta with clams).
Although Bloody Caesars are not common in the U.S., they are a popular cocktail in Canada and are available at any bar or restaurant or can be purchased pre-mixed in cans or bottles where liquor is sold.
- 1-2 ozs of your favorite vodka
- Clamato juice, either regular or spicy. Motts is the most widely available brand in Canada. Clamato in the U.S. and Mexico. In other countries, try specialty stores or order online.
- Worcestershire sauce
- Tabasco sauce or similar hot sauce. Some may even use horseradish or wasabi for the "kick."
- Celery salt (for rim)
- Celery stalk and/or pickled bean and/or dill pickle and lime wedge for garnish. Some people like to get creative with Caesar garnishing and may use cold shrimp, antipasto skewers and more.
- Put enough lemon or lime juice on a plate to fully cover it.
- On another, do the same with celery salt.
- Dip the top of a glass first into the juice and then into the salt to "rim" it.
- Fill the glass with ice.
- Pour Worcestershire sauce into glass to the count of three (three good, solid shakes).
- Add Tabasco to taste: for heat-lovers, 7-10 drops.
- Add 1-2 ounces of vodka (or no vodka for virgin Caesar).
- Top with Clamato juice.
- Garnish with celery stalk and lime wedge (or dill pickle, pickled bean or asparagus, or cold shrimp) and enjoy your Bloody Caesar.
Variations on the above standard Bloody Caesar recipe include replacing the Tabasco with horseradish.