Thursday, July 5, 2012

Gastropost: What does Canadian food mean to me? A refreshing clam beverage known as the Bloody Caesar

For my first Gastropost mission I'm going to tell you about an amazing cocktail that always makes me think of home. The iconic Bloody Caesar goes back to 1969 in Alberta, Calgary.  Restaurateur Walter Chell concocted this masterpiece in honour of a new Italian restaurant launch. The Caesar is said to be inspired by the famous Italian dish spaghetti alle vongole which in English means spaghetti and clams. Mmmm pasta & seafood. In the last 40 some odd years the Caesar has become one of Canada's most exclusive and beloved elixirs. It is virtually unknown by the rest of the world, which makes it a perfect candidate for my contribution to a Canadian food post. When I think of a bloody Caesar I think of summer, sitting up north at a cottage with good friends enjoying Ontario's beautiful weather. It's really one of the most perfect aperitifs since it is both both a drink and a snack. I've really kicked up this aspect of the cocktail in my version which uses the clamato juice to poach a stunning jumbo shrimp. Definitely the perfect garnish along side a pickled bean & some celery shavings.  Not too shabby for a pre dinner snack. I like to use the regular clamato juice and use my own spice blend of horseradish, Montreal steak spice, Frank's Red hot & worcestershire sauce of course.

Motts clamato juice
2 oz (frozen) vodka - your preference 
2 tbs fresh grated horseradish 
pinch Montreal streak spice - for the rim & to the drink as well 
splash of pickle, olive or bean "juice" 
dash of Franks red hot sauce 
lemon wedge - for garnish
lime wedge - for garnish
celery - shaved with a vegetable peeler 
raw jumbo zipper back shrimp - for garnish
Matt & Steve's "The Extreme Bean" - for garnish

TO POACH THE SHRIMP: Cut the spine of the shrimp to remove the shell leaving the tail behind. In a small pot bring a cup or so of clamato juice to the boil then turn off the heat. Place the raw shrimp in the liquid for 3-5 mins until they are firm and pink. Remove from the liquid & place in a small bowl in the fridge until ready to assemble your beverage.

This refreshing clam beverage beats out the bloody Mary any day! Try using the clamato poached shrimp in a salad with a citrus vinaigrette for a light tasty summer dinner. Chow for now!


  1. I didn't know that Caesar's are Canadian! Despite it being a food from my home country, I'm not a fan of Caesar's. However, the shrimp you've paired with it looks like a tasty appetizer!

  2. Prince WilliamJuly 08, 2012

    Who the heck wants to drink clam juice? Freaking canucks!

  3. Reminds me of a Bloody Mary on steroids! And I like it =)

    1. Americans call it a Bloody Mary and Canadians call it a Caesar and it's delicious. Very popular drink both North and South of the boarder :)

    2. It's much tastier then a Bloody Mary ... must be a clam juice ;) #zesty


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