How To make a Classic Caesar - The Hangover Cure Of The Gods
Let me just get this out of the way upfront... I LOVE Caesers. Like a lot. This classic brunch cocktail that evolved from (and is infinitely superior to) the 'Bloody Mary' is not only delicious, no, it's so much more. For one, it's on my list of nutritious cocktails with all that tomato juice, two, it's Canadian (as are many of the best things in life), and three, it has the power to resurrect the dead. Well, figuratively anyway. Vodka, Clamato, Hot Sauce, Worstichire, lime, and spice assemble like Voltron with this beverage to create an unlikely team of flavors unlike anything else in the cocktail mixing world, making it a brunch and patio specialty across the continent. Even better is that a genuine Caesar cocktail is actually very hard to mess up, making it a solid contender for the black book of any beginner bartender. Despite being ordered over 400 million times a year, the drink has little notoriety outside of Canada, and yet, in this blogger's humble opinion - it is an absolute classic cocktail nonetheless.
The History of the Caesar.
So how did Caesar go from a Roman emperor to a salad to the national cocktail of Canada? Well, folks, better grab your cowboy hat and grab the DeLorean because we're heading to Alberta, circa 1969. The Calgary Inn was opening up a new Italian restaurant and wanted to create a refreshing cocktail to commemorate it. Now there are clamato drinks circling back to the 1950s but, the definitive Caesar as we know it was created by Walter Chell, who was the bartender of the Calgary Inn at the time. Walter got inspired by the recipes on the menu and spent the better part of three months playing mixologist to find the recipe that would become the iconic Canadian drink it is today. And while modern Caesar recipes are big fans of Tobasco, Walter's version actually used oregano, which ironically is a little more uncommon nowadays. Interestingly enough, people mistakenly think the drink got its name from the Bloody Mary, and you'd be wrong, bucko'. Anecdotally the Caesar, which was originally named as previously mentioned, and got a little flair added to its name when one guest told Walter, "That's a bloody good Caesar," after which Walter adopted the naming "Bloody Caesar," making for good wordplay since it fell well into history (after all Julius Caesar was stabbed to death by his own senate). And yet, the story is just beginning. It only took a couple of years before the popularity of the cocktail made it a brunch patio favorite for all functioning alcoholics (no judgment) in Calgary looking for a literal afternoon delight. Within a couple of years, the entire country was sloshing them back on their lunch hours. From here, it just gets silly. By 2009 the mayor of Calgary went as far as declaring May 13th "Caesar Day" in honor of the 40th anniversary of its inception, and that same year Mott's Clamato launched a campaign to have the drink officially declared the national cocktail.
Variety Is the Spice of Life!
Unlike many drinks and cocktails out there, the Caesar is all about variety. There are arguably hundreds of ways to make a caesar, so don't be shy about experimenting with your garnishes or flavors. Some places get so wild that they even stack whole hamburgers as a garnish, so have fun and don't be shy about mixing it up.
Can A Caesar Really Cure my hangover?
Unfortunately, while anecdotally, Caesars have been reported to ease the brutality of a hangover, there still to this day is no scientifically defined "hangover cure." The best I've been able to attribute it to is that sometimes with a hangover, a little bit of "the hair of the dog" can go a long way, but this is in no way a guaranteed fix, so please be responsible with the day drinking okay? Hangovers generally aren't something you should double down on.
Classic Caesar Recipe
Now that we've got the background let's mix a bloody good Ceasar!
Mason Jar or Collins Glass
Jigger or Shot Glass
1 oz vodka
2 dashes hot sauce. ( I personally recommend Frank's)
4 dashes Worcestershire sauce
3 dashes of salt and pepper
4 oz (120 ml) Mott’s Clamato Original Cocktail or other Caesar mix
1 stalk of celery
Rim the glass with citrus and salt.
Load the glass up with ice
add all. the ingredients in order, vodka, hot sauce, Worcestershire, Clamato
Mix well, garnish and serve!