23rd December 2008

The Bloody Caesar Cocktail Turns 40

The Bloody Caesar CocktailDeveloped in 1969 by a Calgary bartender, Canada’s extremely popular Caesar cocktail, also known as the Bloody Caesar, turns 40 years old and is now the closest thing to Canada’s national drink.

It has been 40 years since Walter Chell, bartender at the Owl’s Nest Bar in the Calgary Inn (now the Calgary Westin Hotel), in Calgary Alberta, invented the Caesar cocktail to celebrate the opening of a new restaurant called Marco’s. The original Caesar cocktail recipe was similar to the already popular Bloody Mary cocktail, with one major exception – clam juice instead of the tomato sauce. A traditional Bloody Mary is made with tomato juice, vodka, Tabasco Sauce, Worchester Sauce, limejuice and seasonings. It is served in a salt-rimmed glass and garnished with a celery stick and lime wedge. Walter Chell changed the Bloody Mary cocktail into a Caesar with the addition of mashed clams blended into the tomato juice.

In the United States, a cocktail that is very similar to the Caesar is called a Clamdigger. Both recipes utilize Tabasco Sauce as a main ingredient. Tabasco Sauce is a legendary pepper sauce created in 1868 by Edmund McIlhenny in Louisiana. To produce Tabasco, the peppers are mashed with salt and are fermented in white oak barrels for up to three years. The mash is then blended with vinegar, with the skins and seeds strained out. The final steps remain a family secret. Every batch is still approved by a member of the McIlhenny family, before being prepared for market. The fiery hot sauce is shipped to over 160 countries worldwide. Following a year’s pepper crop, the McIlhennys personally select the best plants for use in the next planting. Seeds are stored in a bank vault as a precaution against any potential disaster that might affect future crop production.

Over the years, the Caesar cocktail has remained Canada’s top selling alcoholic cocktail beverage, out selling all others by a wide margin. It has been estimated that over 250 million Caesars are sold each year just in Canada. That is the equivalent of more than 14 times the weight of all the gold produced across the globe in 2001. Today, the Caesar cocktail, a uniquely Canadian invention, is becoming increasingly well known outside of the North American market.

Source: PR Web

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  1. 1 On June 30th, 2010, Canada Day beverage of choice: the Five Mile Caesar « Potato Nation said:

    […] Posted by elvicious on June 30, 2010 · Leave a Comment  If you’re planning on making a toast to Canada Day on July 1, the go-to drink has to be the Caesar, the closest thing Canada has to a national beverage. […]

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