Have you ever tried a Caesar Drink? If you're Canadian, you probably have. If you aren't Canadian, and haven't tried one, you should. This year Canada, my home and native land, is celebrating it's 150th birthday. Whether or not you are Canadian, let's toast that birthday with the classic Canadian drink, the Caesar.
Caprese Ceasar Drink
What is a Caesar Drink?
The Caesar Drink is a quintessential Canadian cocktail. Although the origins of the drink are questionable, it was supposedly invented in Calgary in 1969. Regardless of where it came from, the Caesar is Canada's most popular cocktail. I think a lot of Canadians can relate to trying to order a Caesar when travelling in the USA. Usually, a blank stare is the reaction. And then when explaining the drink, (a Bloody Mary, only with clam juice), disbelief. The Caesar Cocktail is a drink enjoyed pretty much exclusively by Canadians. So, in honour of Canada's 150th birthday, we are toasting with Caesars.
Creative Garnishes for Caesars
A celery stalk is the usual garnish for a classic Caesar. Pickled beans or asparagus stalks are also common. But the Caesar drink gets creatively topped with every garnish you can think of. One restaurant that we frequent has a cheeseburger Caesar. They garnish their Caesar with two cheeseburger sliders. Others are practically a meal in a glass, with prawns, pepperoni sticks, stuffed olives, & all kinds of other goodies.
Caprese skewers seemed like a perfect garnish for this Canada Day Caesar. They feature the red & white colours of Canada's flag, and they're fresh and summery, too. Caprese is especially perfect when you can pluck the cherry tomatoes and basil straight out of the garden.
What's in a Caesar Drink?
Caesar's are a vodka based drink, and Clamato juice is the key ingredient in a Caesar. It's what separates it from just being a bloody Mary. Clamato is a mixture of tomato juice and clam juice, which, together give this savory cocktail a beautiful umami that you just want to savour. Tabasco is the traditional hot sauce for a Caesar, but any hot sauce will do. Sriracha is nice, as are Louisiana, or Franks, all of which will vary the flavour somewhat. Worcestershire Sauce is almost always included in a classic Caesar, too. And the glass is rimmed in celery salt.
Warning: I don't usually find that a Caesar is the best choice for a pre dinner drink, unless it very pre dinner. The drink, along with the garnish, are quite filling. They can substitute for an appetizer, though. We like them for a late afternoon on the patio cocktail snack.
How to Make a Caprese Caesar Cocktail
The Caesar Drink, Canada's cocktail, gets dressed up with a caprese skewer in the colours of Canada's flag. This delicious cocktail is made with clamato juice.
- *Caprese Skewers
- bocconcini balls or medallions
- fresh basil leaves
- cherry or grape tomatoes
- olive oil
- lemon juice
- *For each drink
- Ice cubes
- lemon wedges
- celery salt
- 1 oz vodka
- 2 dashes hot sauce
- 4 dashes Worcestershire sauce
- 1/4 tsp dried oregano
- salt & pepper to taste
- 4 oz (120 mL) Mott’s Clamato Original Cocktail
- *Caprese Skewers
- On six inch skewers, thread bocconcini, basil leaves, and tomatoes, repeating until skewer is full. Make one skewer per drink.
- Put skewers on a plate and drizzle each with 1/4 tsp extra virgin olive oil and a squeeze of lemon juice
- *Caesar Drinks - For Each Drink
- Rim the glass with a lemon wedge
- Put celery salt on a saucer, and rotate the rim of the glass in the celery salt
- Add ice cubes to glass
- Add all other ingredients, stir and garnish with Caprese Skewers