While we were away on holiday in Canada, I took a loooooooooot of photos. Really a lot. And many of them were of food and drink, as you might expect. So, to put this another way, I have a few posts to write about our adventures, including a few Canadian delicacies that we were hooked up with while we were there.
The first post I want to write is a bit of a visual recipe, courtesy of the G man. In Canada, they have their own version of a Bloody Mary – the Caesar, or Bloody Caesar to give it its definitely not Sunday name. Now, personally, I can’t stand it. I hate to be blunt, but my God. I don’t like a Bloody Mary – tomato juice is just dreadful, as far as I’m concerned. A Caesar has the additional charm of being made with Clamato juice, which for some people adds a lovely savoury note that they find delicious. For me, it adds a weird savoury note that I find baffling.
I do not like savoury drinks. It’s as simple as that.
Anyway, with this dislike of savoury drinks, I was very much in the minority when we were on holiday, and probably in general, and I would never want to put anyone off trying this drink, which is (as far as I can tell) pretty much unheard of outside Canada. If you like a Bloody Mary, you’ll almost certainly like a Caesar, and you can also have that added buzz of drinking something a bit out of the ordinary. I think that buzz is called ‘smugness’. It makes drinks taste better, I swear. If you’re in Scotland, you can get Clamato juice in Peckham’s (I saw some a few months ago) or everyone can find it on Amazon.
The other unique element of the drink is the spice mix that you use to line the rim of the glass. Some people use salt and pepper, some use the more traditional celery salt, or you can go all out and buy a pre-mixed Caesar Rim – or come up with your own! The one we bought included onion powder, mango powder, nonspecific spices (including red pepper) and a host of preservatives and flavour enhancers. You have options, that’s what I’m saying.
The rest of the ingredients are easy to get, so once you’ve got the Clamato and decided what you’re using to rim the glass, you’re good to go. Here’s what you need for one drink:
- tall glass
- a wedge of lime
- Caesar rim, celery salt or salt and pepper
- 35ml vodka (or less, or none if you want a Virgin Caesar)
- dash of Worcestershire sauce
- dash of Tobasco (optional)
- stick of celery
OK, let us begin with the G man’s masterclass.
First, assemble your ingredients. You do not have to do this near a kettle, that’s just how we were rolling that day.
Next, tip out some Caesar rim or whatever you’re using onto a small plate.
Run your lime wedge around the edge of the glass, then turn the glass upside down onto the plate. Twist the glass around until it picks up a nice even layer round the rim of the glass. Turn it right side up again.
NB – the G man is SO much better than I am at doing this. I’ve tried it a few times and made a big mess and was in fixing it up with a paper towel. His come out perfect, first time, every time. I tried not to be peeved.
Next drop in as much ice as you prefer, then follow up by adding the vodka and squeezing the rest of the lime in. You can also drop the squeezed lime wedge in, for extra flavour.
Realise that you forgot to put the Worcestershire sauce in the first picture! Take a slightly pointless picture of it now.
Then, add a dash or two to the glass – start with one dash if you’re not sure, you can always add more. You can also add Tabasco at this time, or a smidge of horseradish.
Top up with Clamato juice, and finish with the celery.
There you have it! A classic Caesar, enjoyed by millions of Canadians and a mystery to almost everyone else. It’s a refreshing drink for hot summer days, and if you were feeling a bit 1970s I’m sure you could serve it as a first course at a dinner party, like a boozy gazpacho in a glass.