Caesar Cocktail

Ever wonder what the best drink recipe from Canada is? It’s the Caesar cocktail. It’s very popular in Canada, and more than 350 million are sold and consumed in the country per year. So, what is it and why is it so tasty? Well, it’s similar to a Bloody Mary, but better. (Sorry, not sorry.) It’s made with vodka, hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce and Caesar mix, which is a combination of tomato juice and clam broth. It’s served in a tall glass which is usually rimmed with either celery salt or Montreal steak seasoning (or both) and celery stalks and lime wedges are used for garnish.

It was invented in 1969 in Calgary, Alberta by a restaurateur by the name of Walter Chell. It was originally created to celebrate an Italian restaurant’s opening. The Caesar is also called a “Bloody Caesar”, which some think is to differentiate it from a Bloody Mary. In actuality, that name came from a British patron who tried it. He said “Walter, that’s a damn good bloody Caesar,” and the name stuck as sort of a nickname for the drink.

What’s the difference between a Caesar and a Bloody Mary? The difference is the clam broth. If you’re American, you may be a bit turned off by this. But, give it a try before you write it off entirely. Chell was inspired by dishes from Italy that combined clam with tomato sauce, and thought that that combination would make a good, Italian-inspired drink, and he was right. After all, it’s not often that a British gentleman tastes something and declares it bloody good!

Here are the best Caesar cocktails:

Classic Caesar

Most Caesar recipes either use horseradish or TABASCO sauce, but this one calls for both. The result is a spicy drink with lots of flavor. But, if you think it will be too spicy for your taste, you could do away with the horseradish and still not be disappointed.


  • 1/2 teaspoon celery salt
  • 1 cup Clamato juice
  • 2 oz. Vodka
  • 1 teaspoon horseradish
  • 3-4 dashes Worcestershire sauce
  • 3-4 dashes TABASCO sauce (or to taste)
  • 1/2 lime, juiced
  • Pinch of black pepper
  • Celery stalk (garnish)


  • Put the celery salt on a plate. Run a lime wedge around the rim of the glass to wet it, then dip in celery salt and twist to rim it
  • Add the rest of the ingredients, except the garnish, to the glass
  • Stir with spoon until well combined
  • Top with ice cubes
  • Add garnish
  • Serve

Caesar with Pickle

This is a great recipe for anyone who loves pickles, or just wants to jazz up their classic Caesar recipe. This may sound strange to some people, but others can’t imagine a Caesar without pickle juice in it. Unless you simply can’t stand pickles, it’s an easy way to change it up a bit.


  • Celery salt of Montreal steak spice (for rim)
  • 2-3 lime wedges
  • 2 oz. Vodka
  • 2 oz. Pickle juice (or more to taste)
  • 6 oz. Clamato juice
  • 2-3 dashes Worcestershire sauce
  • 2-3 dashes TABASCO sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon celery salt or Montreal steak spice (to sprinkle on top)


  • Put the celery salt or steak spice on a plate. Run a lime wedge around the rim of the glass to wet it. Then dip the glass into the spice and twist to rim it
  • Fill glass with ice
  • Pour pickle juice and vodka into glass. Then squeeze the juice from lime wedges into it
  • Fill glass with Clamato juice
  • Add Worcestershire and Tabasco sauce
  • Sprinkle celery salt or steak spice on the top
  • Stir well to combine
  • Serve

Maple Bacon Caesar

What’s more Canadian than maple syrup? Why, bacon that’s been candied with maple syrup and served up with a Caesar cocktail, of course! This is a great recipe for anyone- period. But, it’s definitely a good recipe for anyone who likes both sweet and spicy flavors, too.


  • 1 lbs bacon
  • 1 celery stalk
  • 6 oz. Clamato or Walter’s mild Caesar mix
  • 2 dashes lime pepper hot sauce
  • 2 dashes Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 oz. Iceberg vodka
  • 1/2 oz. Maple syrup
  • 1 lime wedge
  • Brown sugar
  • Amola Caesar salt rim


  • Lay the bacon out in strips on a baking sheet and then cover it with maple syrup and brown sugar. Cook it in the oven at 375 degrees until the fat is rendered. Let cool completely
  • Rim a tall glass with the Caesar salt rim
  • Add vodka, Clamato juice, hot sauce and Worcestershire sauce to the rimmed glass
  • Stir until well combined
  • Add ice
  • Garnish by adding a cooled strip of candied bacon, celery stalk and a drizzle of maple syrup
  • Serve

Beefy Bloody Caesar

If you’re a fan of Canadian cuisine, you know that gravy is often a feature, especially on fries. So, it makes sense to beef up a Caesar with a bit of beef bouillon. The beef flavor blends well with the vegetables, and makes it more savory.


  • Celery salt (to rim)
  • 1 oz. Vodka
  • 6 oz. Clamato
  • 1 dash dry beef bouillon powder
  • 1 dash Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 dash hot pepper sauce
  • 1 celery stalk (garnish)


  • Rim the glass with celery salt
  • Add ice to rimmed glass
  • Add the rest of the ingredients, except the garnish, and stir to mix
  • Garnish
  • Serve

Caprese Caesar Cocktail

There are lots of ways to garnish a Caesar cocktail, with everything from stuffed olives to cheeseburger sliders being skewered and used to garnish them in bars throughout Canada. So, while other recipes on this list don’t quite have that drink-and-a-snack feel to them, this one does. Balls of bocconcini cheese, basil leaves and cherry tomatoes are skewered up, all of which goes great with a Caesar cocktail!



  • 12 bocconcini balls or medallions
  • 12 fresh basil leaves
  • 12 grape or cherry tomatoes
  • 2 Tbsp Olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice


  • Ice cubes
  • Lemon wedges
  • Celery salt
  • 6 oz. Vodka
  • 16 oz. Clamato juice
  • 8 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 tsp hot sauce
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • Salt and pepper (to taste)



  • Thread 3 bocconcini, 3 basil leaves and 3 tomatoes onto 4 6-inch skewers, until they’re full
  • Put skewers on a plate and drizzle with olive oil and lemon juice


  • Run a lemon wedge around the rim of 4 glasses to wet them. Put celery salt on a plate. Dip glasses into the salt and twist to rim them
  • Add ice to the glasses
  • Add 1 1/2 oz. Vodka, 4 oz. Clamato juice, 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce, 1/2 tsp hot sauce, 1/4 tsp oregano and salt and pepper to taste in each glass
  • Stir
  • Garnish with skewers
  • Serve

A Caesar cocktail is one drink that everyone should try once in their lifetime. If you’ve ever had a Bloody Mary and wondered “How can I kick this up a few knotches?”, the Caesar cocktail is the answer you’re looking for. Plus, it’s a semi-healthy way to get your vodka on!