This Caprese Caesar Cocktail recipe is in celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday. Have you ever tried a Caesar Cocktail? If you’re Canadian, you probably have. If you aren’t Canadian, and haven’t tried one, you should. This year Canada, my home and native land, is celebrating this milestone birthday. Whether or not you are Canadian, let’s all toast that birthday with the classic Canadian cocktail, the Caesar.
Caprese Ceasar Drink
What Exactly is a Caesar Cocktail?
Many people think of the Caesar as Canada’s national cocktail. Although the origins of the drink are questionable, it was supposedly invented in Calgary in 1969. Regardless of where it came from, the Caesar is Canada’s most popular cocktail.
A Caesar What??
I think a lot of Canadians can relate to trying to order a Caesar when travelling in the USA. Usually, a blank stare is the reaction. And then when explaining the drink, (a Bloody Mary, only with clam juice), disbelief. The Caesar Cocktail is a drink enjoyed pretty much exclusively by Canadians. So, in honour of Canada’s 150th birthday, we are toasting with Caesars.
Creative Garnishes for Caesars
A celery stalk is the usual garnish for a classic Caesar. Pickled beans or asparagus stalks are also common. But the Caesar drink gets creatively topped with every garnish you can think of. One restaurant that we frequent has a cheeseburger Caesar. They garnish their Caesar with two cheeseburger sliders. Others are practically a meal in a glass, with prawns, pepperoni sticks, stuffed olives, & all kinds of other goodies.
Caprese skewers seemed like a perfect garnish for this Canada Day Caesar cocktail. They feature the red & white colours of Canada’s flag, and they’re fresh and summery, too. Caprese is especially perfect when you can pluck the cherry tomatoes and basil straight out of the garden.
What’s in a Caesar Cocktail?
Caesar’s are a vodka based drink, and Clamato juice is the key ingredient in a Caesar. It’s what separates it from just being a bloody Mary. Clamato is a mixture of tomato juice and clam juice, which, together give this savory cocktail a beautiful umami that you just want to savour. Tabasco is the traditional hot sauce for a Caesar, but any hot sauce will do. Sriracha is nice, as are Louisiana, or Franks, all of which will vary the flavour somewhat. Worcestershire Sauce is almost always included in a classic Caesar, too. And the glass is rimmed in celery salt.
Warning: I don’t usually find that a Caesar is the best choice for a pre dinner drink, unless it’s very pre dinner. The drink, along with the garnish, are quite filling. They can substitute for an appetizer, though. We like them for a late afternoon on the patio cocktail snack.
How to Make a Caprese Caesar Cocktail
- 12 bocconcini balls or medallions
- 12 fresh basil leaves
- 12 cherry or grape tomatoes
- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- Ice cubes
- lemon wedges
- celery salt
- 6 oz vodka
- 16 oz Mott’s Clamato Juice
- 8 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- 4 tsp hot sauce
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- salt & pepper to taste
On 4 six inch skewers, thread 3 bocconcini, 3 basil leaves, and 3 cherry tomatoes, repeating until skewer is full. Make one skewer per drink.
Put skewers on a plate and drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and lemon juice
Rim the glass with a lemon wedge
Put celery salt on a saucer, and rotate the rim of the glass in the celery salt
Add ice cubes to glass
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.
Stir and garnish with Caprese Skewers