Vodka + Clam Broth + Tomato Juice = Happiness in a Glass

27 Jul
Try this at home, kids.

It’s salty. It’s spicy. And it’s uniquely Canadian. Friends, meet the Caesar.

We Toque Girls adore this cocktail. It’s a perfect beverage for those hot summer nights. (Who’s kidding who? It’s perfect for those hot summer days. Sometimes even those hot summer brunches, when we’re feeling naughty.)

While all Canadians enjoy this beverage, we are proud to say it was invented in Calgary — the lovely western city we Toque Girls call home. How’d it come to be? In 1969, a creative (and brave) Calgary bartender decided to mix tomato juice with mashed clams. Next, he added vodka, Worcestershire sauce and Tabasco sauce.

Sound tricky? Fret not, thirsty friends. Today, mixing up a Caesar is a simple endeavour, especially since Mott’s offers Clamato juice — the perfect blend of tomato and clam — everywhere in Canada and in the U.S., as well.

Now, we Toque Girls plan on hunting down the best Caesar in town — stay tuned for our adventures in securing that recipe! — so till then, give this recipe a whirl. (We found it at

World’s Best Caesar

  • 1 1/2 oz. vodka
  • Dash of Worcestershire sauce
  • Dash of Tabasco sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon horseradish or more (This is our fave secret ingredient.)
  • Splash of lemon juice
  • Mott’s Clamato juice
  • Celery salt

Rim your glass with celery salt. Add all other ingredients over lots of ice and stir well.

To add your own flair, get creative with the garnishes and spices. We Toque Girls heart olives and pickled asparagus in our Caesars, but the classic garnish is a celery stalk.

And if you’re ordering this drink at a bar, be it in Canada or anywhere else, heed this advice:

  • Don’t ask for a “Bloody Caesar.” This is a clear indication you’re a newbie, as you’re confusing the Bloody Mary cocktail — a poor man’s Caesar, in our humble opinion — with the Mighty Caesar.
  • Ask for yours “muddy.” The bartender will nod, add another dash of Worcestershire sauce and you’ll be on your happy Caesar way.

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