The Perfect Caesar

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.

  1. 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.) 
  2. 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.
  3. Add some Worcester sauce.
  4. Add some beef boullion
  5. Rim the glass with salt. or salt and pepper, or celery salt, or garlic salt. 
  6. 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


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