In 1969 restaurant owner Walter Chell created the world’s first Caesar cocktail in Calgary, Alberta!
Pairing the simplistic ingredients of vodka, clam and tomato juice, Worcestershire sauce and other spices, Walter’s newest drink was an immediate hit… And within 5 years of its introduction, it had become one of Calgary’s most popular mixed drinks.
Since then, its fame has spread like wildfire; the Caesar has become an iconic staple of Canadian culture, and restaurants across the country have elevated the Caesar to epic proportions.
Adding in other ‘truly Canadian’ fixings, the Caesar Stack ($18) from Cleaver in Calgary offers its signature version to eat like a meal.
Topped with charred jalapeño waffle, beef slider, deep fried chicken, corn dog, house bacon and drizzled with maple syrup – the fixings are worthy of a standing ovation.
And now, another Canadian brand favourite, French’s, is sharing the love for the iconic cocktail by creating a way for their fans (like me) to easily enjoy at home all year long with an exceptional base mix!
Not only is French’s paying homage to a cocktail our Country has invented, they are ensuring it’s Canada proud by producing and bottling it in Canada and by using 100% Canadian tomatoes in the mix.
They’ve even created the perfect ‘True North Caesar‘ recipe as inspiration.
15 g celery salt
15 g fine maple sugar
15 g seasoning salt
236 mL French’s Not Your Ordinary Caesar™ Original Cocktail Mix
50 mL good vodka like Polar Ice® Vodka
3 dashes FRENCH’S® Worcestershire Sauce
pinch of salt & pepper
1 dash FRANK’S RedHot® Original Cayenne Pepper Sauce
1 Celery stalk
1 piece crispy bacon if desired
MIX the celery salt, maple sugar and the seasoning salt together. Spread on flat dish.
RIM glass with seasoning by wetting rim of glass with a slice of lime; then turn glass upside down into seasoning and twist. Stand up and let dry.
FILL the glass with ice, pour in Polar Ice® Vodka and Caesar mix. Add the Worcestershire ,salt and pepper and Frank’s RedHot Sauce.
ADD celery stick and stir well. Garnish with bacon and whatever else you fancy.
I’ve made it, I’ve drank it, I love it!
So in honour of French’s 2 new mixes combined with the fact that it’s National Caeser Day, I’ve decided to share my inspired creation of a FAB Caesar using some of my favourite local brands sundry items.
Calgary sure does shine when it comes to creative and local ingredients!
This is the ‘True North Strong and FAB‘ Caesar.
500ml (2 cups) French’s Not Your Ordinary Caesar™ Fully Loaded Cocktail Mix (I love it spicy)
50 ml good vodka like Polar Ice® Vodka
1 tsp of Chef Roger Mooking Hot Sauce (available at Social Eatery in Telus Spark)
1 pickled Carrot from MADE Foods
1 Saucy Ladies Pickled Asparagus
1 piece of Cajun Beef Jerky from Urban Butcher
FILL the glass with Caesar mix. Add in Roger Mooking Hot Sauce and stir
ADD in ice, pour in Polar Ice® Vodka, Stir.
GARNISH with asparagus, carrot and beef jerky.
And now, as it’s the only proper thing to do, it’s time to sip endless amounts of Caesars with friends and celebrate our Canadian heritage together!
Hope you enjoy French’s new Caesar Mix as much as I do!
Mr. Fab mix