“A Caesar or Bloody Caesar is a cocktail created and primarily consumed in Canada. It typically contains vodka, Clamato (a proprietary blend of tomato juice and clam broth), hot sauce and Worcestershire sauce, and is served with ice in a large, celery salt-rimmed glass, typically garnished with a stalk of celery and wedge of lime.”
This description does not do justice to this uniquely Canadian libation. The Caesar is the bartenders canvas. Each bartender builds a Caesar they want the customer to enjoy, relish, and re-order. The Caesar is not one taste; it is several. The mixologist draws from his palette a variety of sensory experiences and blends them in a way to excite, enthrall and stimulate the drinker. The canvas of the Caesar is the clam broth infused tomato concoction called Clamato. This salty-sweet blend provides a solid foundation into which the other components are added. Each mixologist prefers their own blend of spices and herbs and develops their own unique style.
This past weekend I had an excellent mixologist create her Caesar for me (see the picture below). The Caesar was everything I wanted at the time. It was pleasing to the eye. The reds, greens and blacks complementing the glass-wear and demanding attention. The choice of larger olives balanced the wedge of lime. A quick squeeze of the lime wedge and a simple swirl of the drink finished the cocktail and I was able to enjoy it, relish it and re-order it.