There’s nothing wrong with the Bloody Mary, per se. It’s savoury, spicy, and it chases away that hangover with just a bit of vodka. But in Canada, the national drink of choice has to be the Caesar. Unlike its distant cousin south of the border, the Caesar includes clam juice, ordinarily in Clamato, in addition to tomato juice, making it all the more interesting and savoury. On May 19, otherwise known as National Caesar Day, raise your glass to the all-mighty Caesar.
Tide and Boar – Moncton, N.B.
Moncton’s favourite gastropub knows how to make a good, stiff drink and its Caesar is no exception; near perfect execution of what is arguably Canada’s claim-to-fame bevvy.
Score on Davie – Vancouver, B.C.
If you’re looking for the ridiculous, Score on Davie sports bar and lounge has you covered. Grilled cheese, onion rings, burgers, and even brownies are all garnish options. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.
Home and Away – Calgary, AB
A mix of gin, vodka, and tequila, this boozy bomb is topped with a pickle, spicy bean, cheddar cheese, and sausage to help you great primed for all of the alcohol. Try playing a game of skee ball at this sport-centric bar.
National Beer Hall – Calgary, AB
A litre of Caesars you say? Sounds like a good idea to us! The fact that National adds a splash of IPA into the traditional program of Clamato and vodka makes this iteration very drinkable--too drinkable, if there’s even such a thing.
Garde Manger – Montreal, QC
Chef Chuck Hughes is known for working magic with seafood at Garde Manger, so it makes sense that he garnishes his Caesars with crab legs. It’s over the top, but it makes sense.
Les Enfants Terribles – Montreal, QC
Having a cocktail containing vodka, gin, and rum first thing in the morning, probably isn’t the smartest bet, but as they say, when in Montreal (or was that Rome?)…
Add an oyster to garnish, and you’ve pretty much got yourself a full meal deal at this laid-back bar.
Krafty Kitchen and Bar – Kelowna, B.C.
Pork belly Caesar? The beauty of this Caesar at Krafty is that it actually works, because the acidity of the Caesar itself helps to cut all of the fat in the garnish. It’s surprisingly ingenious.
The Albion Rooms – Ottawa, ON
Just like how The Albion Rooms is a departure from what you would expect of hotel dining, it’s the little touches at that make this Caesar one to remember: dill-infused vodka for added herbaceousness, pickle juice to make it extra salty, and red wine, because heck, why not?