Caesar’s were my Granny’s favourite drink, and it was always Charles’ duty to make her one when she came over. We made them to celebrate her birthday this year and the incredible gift she was to our family, and I thought it was about time I share the recipe just in time to kick off the weekend!
Our granny new how to have a good time. Like literally, she was the life of the party… ALWAYS. She is missed. And there was nothing she loved more than a good Caesar. It really is one of the best drinks. I know you can buy pre-made ones, but like most things, there’s nothing like making your own.
Charles put his own little spin on the classic Caesar and I love it – right down to the dill flower garnish! Whether you’re making these virgin or adding a bit of booze, these cocktails are a classic! Either gin or vodka work. These Caesars would pair perfectly with these Crispy Oven Fries …. we paired ours with Granny’s Beet Rolls (from the cookbook) for her birthday: her two favourite things!
Caesar vs. Bloody Mary
The main difference between a Caesar and a Bloody Mary is the base. Caesars use Clamato (part tomato juice part clam juice) while Bloody Mary’s use straight tomato juice! Caesars are a bit more Canadian while Bloody Mary’s are more common in the States. I personally prefer Caesars but if you’re looking to make this recipe vegan you could either try and find a vegan caesar mix or use tomato juice!
I love how creative you can be with your Caesar garnishes. We used dill flowers from the garden, lemon wedges, lime wedges, and pickled beans for these but the sky is really the limit! I’ve seen some pretty crazy garnishes from burgers to onion rings. Here’s a few other ideas to garnish (just use a skewer for the smaller ones):
- Stick of celery (keep the leaves on!)
- Pickled asparagus
- Pickled beans
- Lemon or lime wedges
The Anatomy of a Caesar
Just like with garnishes, you can get a little creative with what you want to put into your Caesar along with what you use for the rim! We used a classic Caesar rim here but Tajin (a Mexican blend of spices) also makes for a fun twist on this classic drink. Here are a few options for what typically goes into a Caesar along with a twist Charles came up with:
- Hot sauce (we like using Tabasco, Franks, or Cholula hot sauce)
- Pickle juice
- Vodka, Gin, or Tequila
- Squeeze of lemon or lime (or both!)
- Celery salt or pre-made Caesar rim
- Fresh horseradish
Granny’s Classic Caesar Recipe
An epic cocktail, here is our favourite recipe for Granny's classic Caesar.
- 1 lemon or lime wedge
- Caesar rim or celery salt
- 1 cup ice cubes
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire
- 1/2 teaspoon tabasco (or to taste)
- 1-2 teaspoons dill pickle juice
- 1-2 ounces vodka (or gin)
- 1 cup Clamato
- squeeze of lemon and lime juice (to taste)
Rub the lemon wedge around the edge of your glass. Place your Caesar rim or celery salt on a plate or shallow bowl and tip the glass upside down to coat the rim. Add the ice to the glass.
Add the remaining ingredients to the glass, stir, and garnish with a stick of celery or get as fancy as you wish!
I’d love to hear what you put in your caesars! Comment below with anything we may have missed here.