Long weekend’s coming up – and it’s National Caesar Day today. Time to party!
This Canadian libation celebration falls every year on the Thursday before the May long weekend – a drink that was originally created back in 1969 by Walter Chell at the Calgary Inn (now the Westin Hotel). So famous is this drink it was officially named Canada’s National Cocktail by Parliament in 2009.
The drink certainly celebrates a moment in Canada’s culture – the emphasis on Canada. Go ahead and try to order a Caesar cocktail in the U.S., and odds are you’ll get a salad instead! Research from Mott’s reveals more than 407 million Clamato Caesars are consumed by Canadians annually.
Just recently Canadian comedy legend and Oscar nominee Dan Aykroyd was called upon to create his own official Caesar of 2018 – which he called The Hot Head Caesar (made with a blend of fresh garlic, lime juice, Mott’s Clamato, Sriracha sauce and his own Crystal Head vodka). Aykroyd called on Canadians across the nation to create the perfect garnish to go with his drink – and get a chance to enjoy it in person with the famous funnyman and his friends at a special party taking place in Toronto.
More than 12,500 recommendations were submitted, but Dan chose just one: a cone shaped savoury wrap stuffed with spicy tuna tartare created by Lindsay O’Hare of Etobicoke, Ontario.
“I created this as a nod to Dan’s famous comedy Coneheads with the funniest ‘fish-out-of-water’ characters ever, which complemented his spicy Caesar recipe,” said O’Hare, who now gets a chance to meet Aykroyd today to enjoy their Hot Head Caesar together.
Aykroyd also introduced his drink to a couple of well known Americans including comedian Adam Sandler who told Aykroyd “this seems like a holiday we should have two to three times a year.” No Caesar introduction was necessary for Canadian comedian Russell Peters, who joked with Aykroyd about receiving a Caesar salad with ketchup after ordering a Bloody Caesar in the U.S.
Canadians do love their Caesars, with individual garnishes reflective of the person mixing the drink.
The only question that begs to be asked is this: did anyone ever think about using ghost peppers in Dan’s Caesar?
Here are a couple of other Caesars you can enjoy:
Bloody Beet Caesar
Cocktail courtesy Grey Goose
- 1.5 parts orange-flavoured vodka
- Juice from one blood orange
- 2 Tbsp. (30mL) beet juice
- 1 Tbsp. (15mL) lemon juice
- 3-4 dashes Tabasco
- 3-4 dashes Worcestershire sauce
- 3 oz. (90mL) Caesar mix
Fill glass with ice all the way to top. Add ingredients and stir. Garnish with a bouquet of herbs and parsley.
Recipe courtesy Beretta Farms (Berettafarms.com.)
- 3 slices crispy maple flavoured bacon
- 3 oz. premium vodka or gin
- 1 1/2 cups (375mL0 favourite clamato mixture
- 1 Tbsp. (15mL) pickle juice
- 1/2 Tbsp. (7mL) lime juice
- Dash Worcestershire sauce
- Freshly ground pepper
- Freshly grated horseradish (optional)
Dividel ingredients between 2 glasses with ice and stir with strip of bacon. Garnish with horseradish, if using, and remaining slices of candied bacon.
The Ardbeg Caesar
Courtesy of the award-winning Ardbeg 10-year old Single Malt Whisky.
- Seasoned sea salt
- 1.5oz. favourite single malt whisky
Splash of Tabasco and Worcestershire sauce
1 Tbsp. (15mL) freshly grated horseradish (optional)
Favourite clamato juice
Fresh herb to garnish (thyme, rosemary, basil, etc.)
Jalapeno pepper (optional)
Rim a glass with seasoned salt. Add whisky, Tabasco and Worcestershire sauce. Fill with favourite clamato juice, season with salt and pepper, then garnish with a lime wedge, fresh herb and Jalapeno pepper.
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