To say Caesar is just a cocktail loved by Canadians is an understatement.
In fact, it's loved by so many of us that Parliament had made “National Caesar Day” an official thing and named it “Canada’s National Drink” in 2015. Created by Calgarian Walter Chell in 1969, this very Canadian signature cocktail is celebrating its 52nd birthday this year. The National Caesar Day has always served as the kick-off for our May Long Weekend, and most also see it as the official count-down to when summer begins.
Introducing EATABLE’s Spicy New Addition: Poppy Caesar
Our highly anticipated new flavour has FINALLY dropped just in time to kick off the summer... and it's hot!
The newest popcorn in our lineup is Caesar Cocktail-inspired flavour that's sweet, savoury, and spicy all in one delicious bite! Perfect for refined movie nights, or munching on the patio!
Is Bloody Mary the Same as a Caesar?
Don’t be fooled by its appearance – Though it may look like your typical Bloody Mary cocktail, they taste very different from one another!
A Caesar cocktail is a uniquely Canadian version of a Bloody Mary. How Caesar is different from a Bloody Mary cocktail comes down to the blend of juices used in the drinks. While Bloody Marys use plain tomato juice as a base, Caesars use a blend of tomato and clam juices, known as “Clamato”, sold in bottles. Now the concept might sound bizarre to some, but you can never judge before you give it a try yourself!
Caesar has always been one of our favourite drinks. So much to a point where we made a soft launch on a sweet and spicy Caesar-infused popcorn in 2019 with Foodism and Smirnoff at the TasteMaker event.
To celebrate National Caesar Day, we want to celebrate the occasion in the most Canadian way possible by sharing our fave Caesar recipe and food pairings that you might enjoy with a great Caesar cocktail!
What Alcohol Goes in a Typical Caesar Drink?
In many of the traditional Caesar recipes, you will find both vodka and clamato juice making up the majority of the liquid base in a classic Caesar cocktail. As we’ve known at this point, clamato is similar to tomato juice but much more flavourful as you can also add them in soups, stews or beer formula. Instead of Vodka, we’ve also seen people replacing the base liquor with gin instead.
The Making of a Classic Canadian Caesar
Whether you’ve had this iconic beverage before or you’re exposed to Caesar cocktails for the first time, we promise – you are going to enjoy it if you love a good Bloody Mary or a savoury spin on a boozy drink! Sip on – because you’re going to love the spice and that patio sun shining through during summertime.
- 2 ounces of Vodka
- 5 ounces of Clamato juice
- 1 ounce of V8 Vegetable Juice
- Dashes of Worcestershire sauce
- Dashes of Spicy Tabasco sauce
- Lime juice + Celery Salt (rim glass)
- Ice cubes
- Celery stalk
- Pickled olives/beans
- Lime wedges
- Cucumber sticks
- Poppy Caesar EATABLE popcorn
- Horseradish (optional)
- Dip the surface of a tall glass to some lime juice and coat the rim with celery salt
- Fill the cup with ice and set it aside
- Add all the liquid base ingredients and pepper into a mixing glass with ice
- Shake and combine well
- Strain liquid into the set-aside glasses
- Garnish with celery stalk, pickled olives/beans, lime wedges, cucumber sticks and horseradish or other ingredients of your choice
- Enjoy the sun and drink away!
Best Food to Pair with a Caesar Cocktail?
What would pair well with a savoury Caesar drink? For those who want to Caesar it all out on National Caesar Day, we’ve collected a few recipe ideas for you!
A full-on Caesar meal – yep.
Over the past few years, we have seen some very creative spins on how a Caesar cocktail can be made. For many, it is actually not just a beverage but a full meal as people stack their favourite garnishes and food items on top of their drinks. In fact, you can pick your favourite pickled or savoury items, most commonly found in a charcuterie board, or even stack a burger, bacon strips, cooked shrimps or other seafood on top of your classic Caesar cocktail – there’s really no limit as to how creative you can get.
Tomato/Olive Oil-based Pasta Dishes
Did you know the story behind our National Favourite cocktail? In 1969, a Calgary-based restaurant manager named Walter Chell actually created the signature drink as a quest to celebrate the opening of a new Italian restaurant in town. Inspired by Spaghetti alla Vongole, a slightly heated pasta dish with clams and red tomato sauce, Walter continued with the experiment until he perfected the original Caesar Cocktail recipe. Garlic, red pepper flakes, olive oil, hard shell clams, clam juice and a splash of white wine would serve as the perfect red sauce base for your pasta dish.
If your cravings for finger food are still high around the clock, try making saucy crispy wings as they also make a great pair with the Caesar cocktail! Don’t forget to marinate your wings overnight before putting them in the oven or air-fryer. It makes a whole world of difference there! You can simply marinate the wings with basic salt, pepper and wine or go fancy and whisk them together with some oil, soy sauce, honey, garlic, ginger, mirin, lime juice and hot peppers! They’d both come out great!
Sweet, savoury, and spicy, this Canadian favourite is truly a one-of-a-kind creation that is perfect for patio and summer nights! Know someone who is insanely obsessed with Caesar? Well, we got our gifting option all set up and you know what to do!
Want to see EATABLE products becoming available at your favourite retail store? Here’s your chance to let us know where we should go next!
More #MakeItEATABLE Recipes
- The OG EATABLE-Inspired Caesar Cocktail (ft. Turtle Cocktails)
- Popcorn-Crusted Shrimp Tacos (Chef Melanie Bourdon X EATABLE)
- Caramel Apple Cider Whisky Recipe (Mixologist Raiemu X EATABLE)
- 2 Irish Cream Inspired Dessert Coffee Recipes
- Perfect for Springtime: Popcorn Brulé Peach & Ice Cream Recipe
- Crunchy Champagne Popcorn Chocolate Strawberry Recipe