3 inspired twists on the classically Canadian Caesar

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Ask for the quintessentially Canadian concoction known as The Caesar south of the 49th parallel and you’ll most likely be presented with a plate of romaine lettuce, parmesan cheese and croutons. But up here in the ‘True North,’ it’s well known as the go-to spicy brunch standard invented in Calgary in 1969 by restaurant manager Walter Chell as a signature drink for the Calgary Inn’s new Italian restaurant.

Here are three takes on the classic Canadian caesar you can try at home:

1. Boulevard Caesar

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz Absolut Vodka
  • 3 dashes Chipotle Tabasco
  • 3 dashes Worcestershire Sauce
  • Pinch of Fresh Grated Horseradish
  • 4 oz Walter All-Natural Craft Caesar Mix

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Rim:

Using a mortar and pestle, combine:

  • 1 tsp Celery Salt
  • 1 tsp Black Peppercorns
  • ¼ tsp Chili Flakes
  • 3 Cloves

Method:

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker without ice and shake. Rim the glass with crushed chili, black pepper, celery salt and clove. Pour over ice and garnish with a smoked oyster.

Crush the ingredients with mortar and pestle until you have a fine powder. Set aside and use for the rim of your glass.

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2. Classic Caesar

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Ingredients:

  • 1 oz Absolut Vodka
  • 3 dashes Tabasco (regular)
  • 3 dashes Worcestershire Sauce
  • 6 oz Walter’s All-Natural ‘Mild Spiced’ Craft Caesar Mix
  • ¼ oz Lime Juice
  • 1 Pinch Grated Horseradish
  • Cracked Pepper to taste

Method:

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker without ice and shake. Pour cocktail over ice and garnish with a celery stick.

 

3. Michelada

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Ingredients:

  • 3 oz Walter All-Natural Craft Caesar Mix
  • 3 oz Philips Phoenix Gold Lager
  • 3 dashes Tabasco Sauce
  • 3 dashes Worcestershire sauce
  • 0.5 oz Lime Juice

Rim:

Using a mortar and pestle, combine:

  • 1 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1 tsp Black Peppercorns
  • ¼ tsp Chili Flakes
  • 3 Cloves

Crush the ingredients with mortar and pestle until you have a fine powder. Set aside and use for the rim of your glass.

Method:

Mix all ingredients together in a mixing glass. Rub rim of the glass with lime juice and then dip glass into prepared rim mixture. Pour cocktail over ice and serve.

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Justin Taylor A renowned bartender and cocktail creator, Justin Taylor has been a fixture in the industry in both Toronto and Vancouver for the better part of two decades. As Bar Manager at Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar, located at the iconic Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver, Justin continues to stir up the Vancouver bartending scene with a heady mix of knowledge, panache, wit and hospitality.
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