How to Make the Perfect Canadian Caesar

To all of my American friends who’ve never had the pleasure of a caesar, let me explain the cultural significance of this delicious cocktail. In Canada this drink is socially acceptable to drink with breakfast, lunch, or supper…or to have instead of a breakfast, lunch, or supper. It’s pretty much the perfect drink for anytime time of year. We enjoy these on hot summer days during BBQ season, and on cold winter nights cozied up in our igloo. They are savoury, delicious and the perfect beverage to enjoy this Canada Day.

Each item in today’s cocktail is from Canada…except the lime (sorry lime trees are sparse in this country). I had originally wanted to use vodka for todays caesar, but when I was in the liquor store they didn’t have any craft distilled vodkas that I thought would work, then I turned to the gin aisle and there it was, Defender Island Gin. This unique little bottle of handcrafted rosemary smoked gin is made in BC and now my new favourite spirit living in the liquor cabinet.

I also wanted a hot sauce unique to Canada, so I decided to use the Aubrey D. line made in Quebec. Each of these sauces are created to match the flavours of each hot pepper (I always thought pepper flavours were hot and hotter). Today we are going to use a smokey chipotle sauce because its not over the top hot and has a great flavour to it.

I love making caesars, in fact I’ve been known to show up to parties bringing a cooler full of ingredients to set up a mini caesar making station. The best part is that there are so many ways to make it unique and delicious. So today in honour of Canada Day lets make ‘The Great Canadian Caesar!’

What you will need:

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Step 1-Take a wedge of lime and run it along the rim of your glass. Dip the rim of your glass in steak spice. Squeeze your wedge into the glass, as well as a couple slices of jalapeño and a sprig of rosemary, then muddle together.

Step 2- Fill your glass with ice, add 1 oz. (or more) of Defender Island Gin. Then fill with clamato juice. Add a dash of Chipotle hot sauce and a dash or worcestershire sauce.

Step 3-Add your toppings. A caesar is never complete without something to eat in your glass. Traditionally the caesar came with celery and lately there has been a trend of pickled goods such as pickled asparagus or pickled carrots (yum). Today’s topping is going to be bacon. The smokiness of the bacon finishes off this drink perfectly. I also wanted to add the bacon because…well do I really need a reason to add bacon?

So there you have it folks, a spicy yet savoury cocktail that you can enjoy no matter what time of day it is. To all of my American friends go out and try a caesar because its delcious. To all of my Canadian friends out there, Happy Canada Day, I hope you’re enjoying a caesar on a patio right now. CHEERS!

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