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Canadian Caesar

Postby Ann » Fri May 20, 2016 6:20 am

"Spiking a vodka and tomato juice mixture with clam essence is cocktail bliss for Caesar-swilling Canucks, but the elements in this oh-so-Canadian cocktail weren’t always well-understood.

In fact, according to Alberta researchers, it took months for Calgary bartender and Caesar inventor Walter Chell to hit the perfect proportions.

A mixologist at the Calgary Inn before the job even had a title, Chell was tasked with creating a cocktail to celebrate the 1969 opening of the hotel’s new restaurant, Marco’s Italian. Inspired by his favourite Italian dish, spaghetti vongole, Chell set out to create a drink that would capture the pasta’s hearty clam and tomato flavours.

Eventually, he came up with the recipe Canadians have come to love: vodka mixed with clam-infused tomato juice, lime, hot sauce and Worcestershire sauce served in a cup with a delicious celery salt rim.

How exactly did Chell decide to use clam juice in his sipper?

Turns out he may have been inspired by a historical cookbook.

As Michael Platt notes in an article for the Calgary Sun, a 1900 copy of Modern American Drinks contains a recipe for a sea-spiked cocktail, as does a 1951 Betty Crocker cookbook.

Soon after the appearance of Chell’s creation at the inn, Mott’s beverage company released what is arguably the world’s best-known clam-infused tomato juice, Clamato.

This made it easier for people to create the Caesar at-home.

According to an Ipsos-Reid poll commissioned by the company in 2009, the Caesar, or Bloody Caesar, is now the most popular cocktail in Canada; Mott’s estimates that more than 350 million are consumed each year.

Beyond the occasional American article praising the “Canadian Bloody Mary,” Chell’s heady blend of sweet, salty, sour, spicy and bitter notes hasn’t gotten much love beyond our borders.

Modern variations reflect international influences, substituting or enhancing British Worcestershire sauce with horseradish, wasabi, kimchi, chipotle, sriracha, teriyaki, tandoori, jerk spice, Dijon mustard or any number of multicultural flavours.

A staple at Canada Day celebrations and weekend brunches, and a drink as red as our flag, the Caesar is a cocktail that can rightly claim that it came, it quenched, and it conquered the country."

(copied from an online article)

Best Caesar I've ever had was in Winnipeg. Rick, do you make them at Mordidas?
Any one up for a lime margarita?
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Re: Canadian Caesar

Postby rabihorcada » Fri May 20, 2016 3:40 pm

Our bartender, Alejandro, does indeed make Bloody Caesars.
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Re: Canadian Caesar

Postby Cathy » Fri May 20, 2016 9:09 pm

Nice and tasty too! Potent so after one time to switch to my red wine! Miss them and my wine and the gang!
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Re: Canadian Caesar

Postby kcowan » Sat May 21, 2016 9:43 am

Cannot find The Works in PV. Most Motts is standard (like Kermato). Safeway tetrapak at Leys is extra spicy. But The Works has the horseradish premixed. Condiments such as a pickled asparagus spear, pickled pepper and balsamic infused onion are common in Canada.

In PV, the Red Sky is common. A large Caesar with beer instead of vodka. Impress you friends. Order a Red Sky with Pacifico. Cielo Rojo (Michelada) y Pacific pro favor.
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Re: Canadian Caesar

Postby Ann » Sat May 21, 2016 12:03 pm

kcowan wrote:Cannot find The Works in PV. Most Motts is standard (like Kermato). Safeway tetrapak at Leys is extra spicy. But The Works has the horseradish premixed. Condiments such as a pickled asparagus spear, pickled pepper and balsamic infused onion are common in Canada.

In PV, the Red Sky is common. A large Caesar with beer instead of vodka. Impress you friends. Order a Red Sky with Pacifico. Cielo Rojo (Michelada) y Pacific pro favor.



I wondered if clamato was available.
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Re: Canadian Caesar

Postby rabihorcada » Sat May 21, 2016 12:26 pm

Yes, clamato is everywhere here.

The michelada has been muddied up a bit since it was invented. Originally, it was not really the same thing as a cielo rojo. A michelada was basically just beer mixed with lime and hot sauce. But nowadays, it can mean with the tomato, maggi, bloody mary type stuff mixed in. So be careful when you order it that you are getting what you are expecting.
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Re: Canadian Caesar

Postby kcowan » Sat May 21, 2016 2:50 pm

If they give me their own formula, I ask them to add clamato and they will if they have it.
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