Friday, December 31, 2010

Bloody Mary or Ceasar

I thought this recipe would be appropriate as New Year's approaches.  I've heard that it's good to drink vitamin C when you're hungover.    I also wanted to add these recipes as an homage to the Caesar.  That's what I was used to drinking while in Canada.  I was saddened to learn upon my return to the US, that most restaurants and bars thought a Caesar was just a salad and I had to resort to making them at home. 

What's a Caesar?


Although a Bloody Mary and a Caesar may look alike, they are worlds of taste apart.  Both drinks are made with vodka, but it is the clam juice that gives the Caesar its zesty bite.  In its homeland, Canada, the Caesar is second in popularity only to the Screwdriver and not just for breakfast. 
As the story goes,  the Caesar was created in 1969 when upper management at the Calgary Westin asked their bar manager, a fellow by the name of Walter Chell, to mix up a cocktail for a contest to mark the opening of their Italian restaurant, called Marco's.  In preparation for the contest, Walter spent three months developing the Caesar recipe.

Most recipes for both the Caesar and Bloody Mary are pretty much the same.  Vodka, tomato juice or clam juice, Worcestershire and lime, and a dash of hot sauce.  And be sure not to forget the garnish, our favorites are a piece of celery and a pickle spear.

Bloody Mary

Ingredients:
1 1/2 oz Vodka
3 oz Tomato juice
1 dash Lemon juice
1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
2-3 drops Tabasco sauce
1 wedge Lime

Mixing instructions:
Shake all ingredients (except lime wedge) with ice and strain into an old-fashioned glass over ice cubes. Add salt and pepper to taste. Add the wedge of lime and serve.

Bloody Caesar
Ingredients:
1 oz Vodka
Celery salt
1 dash Worcestershire sauce
1 dash Tabasco sauce
Clamato juice
Salt and Pepper

Mixing instructions:
Rim tall glass with celery salt, fill with ice and ingredients. Garnish with a celery stick, straw, and lime.

In case you like Tequila more than Vodka, here's another geographic variation.

Bloody Maria
Ingredients:
1 oz Tequila
2 oz Tomato juice
1 dash Lemon juice
1 dash Tabasco sauce
1 dash Celery salt
1 slice Lemon

Mixing instructions:
Shake all ingredients (except lemon slice) with cracked ice and strain into an old-fashioned glass over ice cubes. Add the slice of lemon and serve.

Caesar Calienté
• 6 oz. Clamato
• 1 1/4 oz. vodka
• Dash Worcestershire sauce
• Dash hot red pepper sauce
• Celery salt (on rim)
• Celery garnish

Southern Caesar
• 6 oz. Clamato
• 1 1/4 oz. bourbon
• Dash Worcestershire sauce
• Celery garnish

Bloody Mary
• 4 cups Clamato
• 3 tablespoons lemon juice
• 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
• 1 1/2 teaspoons prepared horseradish
• 1 1/2 teaspoons ground black pepper
• 1 1/2 teaspoons celery salt
• Dash hot red pepper sauce
• 7 1/2 oz. vodka
• Cooked shrimp or lemon wedges, for garnish


In a 1 1/2 quart container, combine Clamato, lemon juice, Worcestershire, horseradish, black pepper, celery salt and hot red pepper sauce; refrigerate until chilled. At serving time, fill 5 (10 oz.) glasses with ice. Add 1 1/2 oz. vodka to each glass. Fill with Clamato mixture. Garnish each glass with a shrimp or lemon wedge. Makes 5 servings.


Stay thirsty my friend.

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