This Ultimate Caesar Cocktail is a total Canadian classic. It’s caesar mix based with a hit of vodka. The whole thing gets flavour and spice from ingredients like horseradish, Worcestershire sauce and hot sauce. Like most cocktails, it’s made quickly (in under 5 minutes). My favourite part? It has a snack built right in!
Hey everyone! This is an update on a post I did waaaaay back when. Being one of my favourite cocktails, I thought it needed a little remodel with pics and write up so….ta da! Here on Girl Heart Food, every so often, I’ve decided to have a ‘quickie Thursday’ where I will bring you guys super easy and quick recipes that can be prepared in no time. With that, let’s check out this delicious caesar cocktail recipe. Dare I say, the best caesar cocktail that I’ve tried (and perhaps you too 😉 )?
What is a Caesar Cocktail?
The caesar is a classic Canadian cocktail invented by a restaurateur in 1969. The rest is history because this is one popular cocktail around here! You can even find pre-mixed caesars where you would find wine, beer and the like. Truthfully, though, it’s much better to make ’em yourself because they come together so darn quickly and you can adjust to how YOU like it. Caesars can be enjoyed at cocktail hour or weekend brunch, alike.
Caesar vs Bloody Mary – what’s the main difference anyway? And What is Caesar Mix?
The main base of a Caesar is caesar mix (tomato juice and claim juice mixture). A popular store bought brand that’s used is ‘Clamato’. A bloody mary, on the other hand, is tomato juice based.
Ingredients in a Caesar Cocktail
There are some fundamental ingredients in a Canadian caesar cocktail –
- Caesar mix (basically a mixture of tomato juice & clam broth, as mentioned above). You can easily purchase pre-mixed caesar mix in your grocery.
- Worcestershire sauce
- Hot Sauce
- Celery Salt
- Celery Stick
- Ice (optional), but recommended
I add a couple of additions in my caesar cocktail to give it a little somethin’ – horseradish and black pepper. Plus, I garnish with more than just celery. Who doesn’t enjoy a little snack on top?!
How to Make the Best Caesar Cocktail
- Rub lime wedge around a tall glass to wet.
- Invert glass into celery salt (place celery salt on a plate).
- Pour in clamato juice, vodka, horseradish, Worcestershire, hot sauce, lime juice and black pepper. Stir.
- Top with ice cubes.
- Garnish to your heart’s content.
How To Garnish a Caesar Cocktail
A celery stick is traditional, but the possibilities are endless here! For me, I like to mix and match garnish (but don’t like to go crazy or make too much work for myself). Some options are –
- Salami or pepperoni
- Green olives
- Pickled onions
- Pickled green beans
- Hot peppers (that are brined or pickled)
- Oysters (if you’re getting extra fancy)
- Onion rings (again, you’re wearing fancy pants here)
I’ve even seen caesars with sliders and wings as a garnish! Crazy, huh?
Can I Make This a Non Alcoholic Caesar Cocktail?
Of course! Vodka is a pretty neutral tasting spirit. If you prefer, you can omit the vodka altogether and have a virgin caesar cocktail. It’s really yummy, even without the vodka! Trust me, I speak from experience. Honestly, I love the snack served on top of the caesar just as much as the actual drink; both components are pretty awesome! I love mine extra spicy ’cause that’s how I roll, but you can adjust the hot sauce to your taste if you like it a little milder – I’m not gonna judge!
Tips and Variations for this Caesar Cocktail Recipe
- Not a fan of caesar mix? Make this caesar cocktail with vegetable juice. I really enjoy ‘Garden Cocktail’ (the low sodium variety). Not sponsored, I just enjoy the product.
- Use as much or as little hot sauce as you like. I really prefer Tabasco brand hot sauce because it has a little vinegary bite (again, not sponsored, I just enjoy).
- Planning a party? Make a big jug of this caesar and guests can serve themselves. Only add ice when serving so it doesn’t water down.
- Speaking of party, how about a little garnish station? Put out little dishes of cured meats, pickled veg and the like so guests can customize their own garnish.
Snacks to Enjoy with this Caesar Cocktail Recipe
Hope you enjoy this ultimate caesar cocktail on Thirsty Thursday, brunch with friends or family or just a random Friday evening spent with your sweetie!
Cheers to a wonderful weekend!
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Ultimate Caesar Cocktail (made in only 5 minutes)
Ultimate Caesar Cocktail
- 1/2 tsp celery salt
- 1 cup Clamato juice (or your favourite veg juice)
- 2 oz vodka
- 1 tsp horseradish
- 3-4 dashes Worcestershire
- 3-4 dashes tabasco -or to taste
- 1/2 lime -juiced
- pinch tsp black pepper
- ice -to top glass
- 1 piece pickled green bean
- 2 slices salami (your favourite)
- 2 pieces sweet onions
- 2 pieces green olives
- 1 wooden skewer -big enough to cover a little more than your glass
- 1 stalk celery
- Place celery salt on a small plate. Wet tall glass rim with lime wedge and dip into celery salt to coat.
- To glass add Clamato juice (or your favourite veg juice), vodka, horseradish, Worcestershire sauce, tabasco sauce, lime juice and pepper. Use a spoon and stir to combine. Top with ice cubes.
- On wooden skewer, garnish as desired (I like pickled beans, salami, sweet onion and olives). Place over top of glass and add celery stick. Enjoy!