The key to a good drink is good ingredients.
(God! Sometimes I impress even myself with my wisdom.)
In the case of cocktails this means making sure you have fresh, genuine, ingredients.
Your basic Caesar recipe is:
- 3 parts Clamato
- 1 part Vodka
- squeeze of lemon
- dash of tabasco
- serve over ice.
When three parts of the drink is something, it’s time to get it right. Here’s some suggestions to improve your Caesar. Try any or all of them.
- Make your own Clamato out of tomato juice and clam nectar. Start with 50/50 and adjust to taste. (I get my nectar at Charlie’s Seafood Market on 8th St.)
- Substitute regular vodka for flavoured varieites. Lime, Lemon, and Pepper Vodka all deserve a try. I suggest trying Akavit, the caroway flavoured vodka from the Scandanavian countries.
- Add some Worcester sauce.
- Add some beef boullion
- Rim the glass with salt. or salt and pepper, or celery salt, or garlic salt.
- Juice a jalapeno into the drink instead of tabasco (and may God have mercy on your eternal soul should you gulp this one.)
I recommend Iceberg Vodka from Newfoundland, as Canadian as the Caesar, or Linie Akavit (aka Aquavit.)
Personally, I use:
- 125 mls clam juice
- 50 mls tomato
- 1/2 lemon juiced
- 30 mls worchester sauce
- couple of dashes of tobasco
- 100 mls Akavit