This post was originally published on January 5, 2018.
A Canadian Caesar mocktail is a super easy drink to mix up for everyone in your house to enjoy.
Do you have kids that won't drink plain tomato juice? Are you trying to get them to drink healthier beverages? Well, look no further.
The classic Caesar mocktail is your answer.
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- Clamato juice
- Worcestershire sauce
- Celery stalk
- Celery salt
What is the difference between a Caesar and a bloody Mary?
The main difference is the Caesar has clam broth, but it also has a uniquely spicy flavor.
Who invented the Caesar drink?
In 1969, a restaurant manager named Walter Chell invented the drink at the Calgary Inn in honor of a new Italian restaurant opening at this establishment.
What is Clamato juice?
Clamato juice is in the "seafood blend" category of drinks. It is made of water, 30% tomato concentrate, dried clam broth, sugar, spices, and MSG. For readers who are allergic to red dye, beware; it contains Red 40. The texture of Clamato is thinner than V8 due to more water. In the US, this drink is made by Mott's in Connecticut.
Is Clamato juice good for you?
The good news is Clamato juice is low in calories and is fat free. Unfortunately, it is very high in sodium. The dried clam broth adds flavor and some protein, but overall the Clamato juice is not a good source of vitamins and minerals.
How many calories are in this drink?
Our 16 ounce drink has 122 calories. To read about the nutrition facts, please scroll down past the recipe card.
How do you make this mocktail healthier?
To make it healthier, try to lower the sodium and increase the vitamins and minerals. One way to do this is by using V8 juice and adding clam juice. You could make your own clam juice by muddling clams. Instead of rimming the glass with celery salt, run a lime wedge around the rim and dip it into celery seed, paprika or chile powder.
What are the standard garnishes?
One really cool thing about this drink is it comes with a snack. Traditionally, it is served with a fresh celery spear with the leaves still on it and a lime wedge. This is my favorite way to serve it, but feel free to change it up.
What type of glassware do you use?
Traditionally a highball glass is used to serve a Caesar, but any tall, heavy bottomed glass will do.
What are some other ideas for garnishes?
This beverage can be served with a whole variety of snacks either inserted into the tall glass standing up on a long skewer or laid across the top of the glass on a small skewer. By doing this, you can customize each drink, plus it makes it a lot of fun. Typical categories for garnishes are: protein, salad, and traditional. Some popular choices are:
- Pickle spear
- Thick maple bacon or beef jerky
- Pickled vegetables
- Assorted cheeses
- Hot peppers
What are some extreme garnish ideas for a Caesar mocktail?
You can also go to the extreme and make it a meal, by crowding the drink with lots of skewers full of interesting munchies. The more the better. You might be tempted to try:
- A spicy chicken wing
- A club sandwich
- A grilled cheese sandwich triangle
- A sloppy Joe slider
How to Make
Gather all your ingredients. Wedge a lime. Measure out the Clamato juice and spices then cut your celery stalks to a length that is taller than the serving glass.
To decorate the rim of the glass, run a lime wedge around the rim of the glass.
Turn the glass upside down and twist it.
To build the drink in a glass, add the ice cubes.
Pour the Clamato juice over the ice.
Add tobasco sauce, or the hot sauce of your choice. In the photo, I poured in ¼ teaspoon which was too spicy for me, so I reduced it to ⅛ teaspoon in the recipe card.
Next, pour in the Worchestire sauce.
Stir with a long handled spoon until well combined.
Sprinkle on some freshly ground black pepper.
For a traditional Canadian garnish, add a celery stalk with leaves and a lime wedge.
- To increase the spiciness, use a little horseradish.
- Want other seasonings? Try Old Bay, garlic powder, pickle juice, or olive brine.
- Want add other flavors? Try hot sauce, steak sauce, BBQ sauce, or sriracha.
- Want other protein garnishes? Try bacon, shrimp, hard boiled egg, jerky, chicken, or pepperoni stick.
- Theme this drink by taking it to the extreme and have your whole dinner skewered and standing up in the drink.
- If you are serving this to a child, reduce the amount of hot sauce to 2 dashes.
- Use a bottom-heavy glass if you plan on adding lots of garnishes. You don't want your drink to topple over.
- 2-Cup Glass Measuring Cup: this sturdy measuring cup has a convenient pouring spout.
- Glass Prep Bowls: these pretty bowls are perfect for storing prepped ingredients.
- Cuisinart 15-Piece Knife Set: we have enjoyed using this knife set for years.
- 13-Ounce Highball Glasses: your Caesar mocktails will look impressive in these glasses.
- Tabasco Sauce: this is the secret sauce to making a spicy Canadian Caesar mocktail.
Looking for other delicious mocktails for the family to enjoy? Here's some ideas!
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Canadian Caesar mocktail is an easy recipe that is best served cold and spicy. Garnish with a celery stalk for a classic look or go for the ultimate Caesar served in a pitcher with creative garnishes. Be Canadian for the day and try our Caesar mocktail.
For the Caesar
- 16 fluid ounces Clamato juice
- ⅛ teaspoon Tabasco sauce
- ⅛ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 3 cubes ice
- 2 grinds black pepper
For the Garnish
- 1 lime, cut in wedges
- 2 tablespoons celery salt
- 1 celery stalk with leaves
- Wedge the lime. Cut a small slit in a lime wedge and run it around the edge of a tall glass.
- Pour two tablespoons of celery salt in a small dish. Insert the rim of the glass in the celery salt and twist it. This will give the rim a nice coating of celery salt. This is an important step, so don't omit it.
- Add a few cubes of ice to the glass, then pour in the Clamato juice. Add equal parts of Tabasco sauce and Worcestershire sauce. For an extremely mild version, use 2 dashes of each, and for a spicier version try ¼ teaspoon.
- Stir carefully with a long handled spoon. Taste and add more Tabasco or Worcestershire sauce if desired.
- Sprinkle some freshly ground black pepper on top.
- Garnish with another lime wedge and a celery stalk with leaves.
- Reduce the amount of hot sauce to 2 dashes, if serving to a child.
- If you plan on adding lots of garnishes, use a bottom-heavy glass as you don't want the drink to topple over.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Category: Beverages
- Method: Stirred
- Cuisine: Canadian
Keywords: Canadian Caesar, clamato juice, virgin mary drink