Caesar Drink Recipe for Savory Satisfaction

Updated December 2, 2021
Caesar cocktail drink

Ingredients

  • 1 lime wedge
  • ½ teaspoon celery salt
  • Ice
  • ½ ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2 dashes Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 dashes hot sauce
  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 4 ounces clam-tomato juice
  • Pickled vegetables, Spanish olives, and citrus wedges for garnish

Instructions

  1. Run the lime wedge around the rim of a pint glass.
  2. Spread the celery salt in a thin layer on a saucer. Dip the rim of the pint glass in the salt and fill the glass with ice. Set aside.
  3. In a pint glass or a Boston shaker, combine the lime juice, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, vodka, and clam-tomato juice.
  4. Roll the drink between two glasses for about 30 seconds to mix.
  5. Pour into the prepared glass. Garnish with pickled vegetables, olives, and citrus wedges as desired.

Variations

Like it's cousin, the bloody Mary, the Caesar has lots of options to spice it up.

  • Add more hot sauce for a spicier drink.
  • Add ½ teaspoon of chipotle chili powder or smoked paprika for a smokier, spicy cocktail.
  • Replace the vodka with tequila.
  • Add a dash of sriracha.
  • Replace the celery salt with Old Bay seasoning.

Garnishes

Savory cocktails are fun to garnish because you have so many options. Consider some of the following garnish ideas:

  • Celery stalk
  • Dill pickle
  • Capers
  • Olives
  • Lemon and lime wedges
  • Whole pickled chili pepper
  • Pickled bean
  • Pickled asparagus
  • Slice of cooked bacon
  • Cherry tomato
  • Pickled onions

About the Caesar Drink

The Caesar cocktail is a uniquely Canadian mixed drink invented in 1969 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada at what is now the Westin Hotel. At the time, the hotel was called the Calgary Inn, and the restaurant manager Walter Chell was asked to come up with a signature drink for the opening of the hotel's Italian restaurant. Chell took his inspiration for the drink from an Italian pasta recipe, spaghetti alle vongole (spaghetti with clam sauce). You may also see the drink called the Bloody Caesar, although it's best known as the Caesar.

Hail Caesar!

There are a lot of similarities between the basic Caesar drink and the classic bloody Mary. The primary difference lies in the use of clam-tomato juice in the Caesar versus tomato juice in the bloody Mary as well as the rim of celery salt. In general, the Caesar is slightly spicier than the bloody Mary with a distinct briny edge from the clam-tomato juice. However, by adding additional ingredients, such as Old Bay seasoning or hot sauce to your Caesar along with interesting garnishes, you can make the Caesar your own and let it stand apart from its better-known cocktail sibling.

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