Chatelaine Kitchen

The ultimate caesar (drink)

Since Canada Day is coming up, I thought it would be nice to do a post about a Canadian drink – the Caesar. (Little known fact: this refreshing summertime classic was invented in Calgary.) I learned how to make Caesars from my friend Isla and her mom, Sue. Their secret? Lemon juice instead of the traditional lime. I haven’t been able to make a Caesar quite as tasty as the ones they’ve made for me, but then again, everything tastes better when someone else makes it for you, right?


Here’s their not-so-secret recipe: Pinch a lemon wedge around the edge of a tall glass, then turn the glass upside down onto a plate of celery salt. Fill the glass with lots of ice and top with a shot or two of vodka. Then add dashes of Worcestershire and Tabasco and the juice from a lemon wedge. (I like my Caesars really lemony.) In goes the Clamato juice. My pièce de résistance? Pickled garlic scapes. I bought mine at the farmer’s market. When they run out, I’ll return to my usual garnish – a lemon wedge. Happy Canada Day!