Our friend Peter ramps up the flavours to create a delicious BLOODY CAESAR!
I’m sure you’ll agree that no morning at the cottage is complete without a spicy cocktail! Sure it’s nice to start the day with a strong cup of coffee, but as soon as the clock hits 11:01, I’m the first to announce, “It’s Caesar time!”
The Bloody Caesar is a quintessentially Canadian drink, first concocted in 1969 at a hotel in Calgary, Alberta by Walter Chell. Rumour has it the drink was inspired by a plate of “spaghetti alle vongole e pomodorini“ (spaghetti with clams and tomato). In essence Walter’s cocktail is a salute to the savoury flavours of this classic Italian pasta dish, but then he went the extra mile and added booze! Thanks Wally!
This Bloody Caesar recipe honours both the creator and his inspiration.
For those nursing a hangover from the night before, you might be tempted to simply serve one of those pre-made “Caesar-in-a-can” drinks, but I caution you NOT to do it. Remember, if you want to be invited back, you better put a little more effort into your libations.
Here’s my sure-fire way to score a repeat cottage invitation:
Rub the edge of each glass with a slice of fresh lime, then dip the rim of the glass in a small bowl od seasoned or celery salt. Add two ounces of your favourite vodka and one tablespoon of fresh grated or prepared horseradish and stir. Add ice and then top up with tomato-clam juice. Add a dash or two of Worcestershire sauce, a healthy squeeze of fresh lime juice, and 2 dashes of Tabasco sauce (just for kick).
Garnish your drink with my “Italian Flag” – a short skewer onto which you stab (et tu, Brute?) an olive, a piece of bocconcini cheese, and a cherry tomato. “Bellissimo Cesareo!”
Shake in a little kosher salt and a bit of black pepper, add a wedge of lime and then announce…
It’s Bloody Caesar time!
We offer the above recipe with a reminder to please drink responsibly!
Italian flag garnish - olive, bocconcini cheese, cherry tomato
Rub edge of glass with slice of fresh lime. Dip rim of glass in a small bowl of seasoned or celery salt.
Add vodka and horseradish to bottom of glass and stir. Add a handful of ice then top off glass with tomato-clam juice. Stir.
Add sauces, salt and pepper, and stir again. Garnish and serve immediately.
Listening to great music is an important part of every Weekend at the Cottage! In writing this post I listened to It’s Time – Michael Bublé. This quintessential national favourite kills his duet with Canadian songstress Nelly Furtado, setting the perfect tone for this cocktail loaded with Italian inspiration. The jazzy bossa nova beat of “Quando? Quando? Quando?” gets me every time – ‘When? When? When?” are we gonna make a Caesar? Please visit iTunes to download this must-have album to your library!
Peter Remus is the life of the party. He's forever happy and smiling and effortlessly creates legendary cocktails often at a moment's notice. Without a doubt he's a top contender for "The Best Cottage Guest in History" award! When not drinking, Pete works hard plus he also takes amazing photos and videos whenever he's with us to enjoy a Weekend at the Cottage!
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