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Celebrating Canada Caesar-style 0

Rita DeMontis, National Food Editor

It wouldn't be summer without a refreshing and creative concoction from the folks at Mott's, makers of the famous Clamato juice, the key ingredient in the Canadian institution known as the Caesar.

Every year they come up with the most innovative drink mixes featuring Clamato, and the company has announced its third annual Coast-to-Coast Caesar Toast. Mott's official Caesar mixing officer, Clint Pattemore, has created 11 new Caesars -- one in honour of each of our provinces and one for our territories -- to commemorate the diversity of our great country from coast to coast.

Keep in mind the Caesar was invented in 1969 to celebrate the opening of Marco's Italian Restaurant at the Calgary Inn (now Westin Calgary). Resident beverage manager Walter Chell was commissioned to develop the new cocktail, where he was inspired by the flavours of a plate of spaghetti vongole. After naming his drink for the Roman Emperor, legend has it that Chell served one to an Englishman who exclaimed: "that's a good bloody Caesar!"

Check out Canadadrymotts.ca for more details and enjoy the following creations courtesy of Mott's.

Newfoundland

The Caesar celebrating Canada's most eastern province is inspired by "The Rock" and this region's close proximity to the Atlantic Ocean. It contains the infamous Screech Rum, fiery Scotch Bonnet spice, and a whole sardine to garnish.

Ingredients:

Rim: celery salt

1 oz. Screech Rum

1/2 Scotch bonnet pepper (some seeds in)

2 grinds fresh cracked salt and pepper

4 oz. Mott's Clamato juice

Garnish: Sardine on a skewer

Directions:

Muddle pepper in rum in a mixing glass. Add all other ingredients with ice and stir.

Rim serving glass and fill with fresh ice. Fine-strain Caesar into serving glass, garnish.

Serves 1.

Prince Edward Island

It may be Canada's smallest province, but everyone knows that Islanders have the biggest hearts. One third of Canada's potatoes are grown in PEI, and some of them are put to very good use in PEI potato vodka. The birthplace of Confederation gives birth to a unique and delicious Caesar.

Ingredients:

Rim: fresh cracked celery salt and pepper

1 oz. Prince Edward Potato Vodka (or favourite vodka)

2 dashes hot sauce

1/2 tsp. (2ml) fish sauce

4 grinds fresh cracked salt and pepper

4 dashes Worcestershire sauce

4 oz. Clamato

Garnish: PEI Mussel (or favourite mussel)

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass with ice. Roll three times with another glass.

Rim serving glass and fill with ice. Strain Caesar into serving glass, garnish.

Serves 1.

Nova Scotia

With its Nova Scotia lobster ingredient, this drink captures the true essence of coastal cuisine and honours one of Canada's four founding provinces.

Ingredients:

Rim: fresh cracked salt and pepper

Sprig dill

1 oz. gin

1 oz. lobster (or fish) broth

Dash Worcestershire sauce

3 dashes hot sauce

3 sprigs dill

3 oz. Mott's Clamato

Garnish: Lobster claw/dill sprig

Directions:

Muddle dill in gin in a mixing glass. Add all other ingredients with ice and stir.

Rim serving glass and fill with fresh ice. Fine-strain Caesar into serving glass; garnish.

Serves 1.

New Brunswick

With a history of Acadian culture running through its veins, New Brunswick is the only province in the federation that is constitutionally bilingual. This Caesar pays homage to early French explorers and settlers complemented by a fresh seared scallop from the Bay of Fundy.

Ingredients:

Rim: fresh cracked salt and pepper

6 leaves arugula

1 oz. favourit brandy

3 dashes Louisiana Hot Sauce

4 grinds fresh cracked black pepper

4 oz. Mott's Clamato

Garnish: 1 seared scallop

Directions:

Muddle arugula in brandy in a mixing glass. Add all other ingredients with ice and stir.

Rim serving glass and fill with fresh ice. Fine-strain Caesar into serving glass, garnish.

Serves 1.

Quebec

Canada's largest province stands out with a quintessential gourmet, European flare that seemingly extends through to the predominantly French-speaking population. This recipe reflects the sophisticated vibe of the province with a unique combination of sweet and savoury flavours.

Ingredients:

Rim: fresh cracked salt and pepper

4 plump blueberries

1 oz. Grand Marnier

3 drops maple bitters

1/2 oz. lemon juice

6 grinds fresh cracked black pepper

4 oz. Mott's Clamato

Garnish: Blueberries dipped in fresh cracked black pepper

Directions:

Muddle blueberries in Grand Marnier in a mixing glass. Add all other ingredients with ice and stir.

Rim serving glass and fill with fresh ice. Fine strain Caesar into serving glass, garnish.

Serves 1.

Ontario

Good things do grow in Ontario, but many of Ontario's residents have roots far beyond the borders of Canada's most populous province. This Caesar celebrates the international flavours that make this province unique.

Ingredients:

Rim: celery salt

1 oz. Pisco Brandy (a South American brandy)

1/2 tsp. (2ml) grated ginger

2 dashes Worcestershire Sauce

3 dashes Peri-Peri Sauce

4 oz. Mott's Clamato

Garnish: Matt & Steve's Extreme Bean

Directions:

Muddle ginger in the Pisco in a mixing glass. Add all other ingredients with ice and stir.

Rim serving glass and fill with fresh ice. Fine-strain the Caesar into the serving glass, garnish.

Serves 1.

Manitoba

The economy of Manitoba today is thankfully more diverse than it was in the 18th century, when fur trading drove much of the commerce and trade throughout the province. A single example of Manitoba's new economic drivers? Crown Royal whisky is produced exclusively on the shores of Lake Winnipeg.

Ingredients:

Rim: fresh cracked salt and pepper

1 oz. Crown Royal

1 oz. bison (or beef) broth

2 dashes garlic hot sauce

2 dashes Worcestershire sauce

3 grinds fresh cracked salt and pepper

3 oz. Mott's Clamato

Garnish: Buffalo mozzarella balls and a cherry tomato on a skewer

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass with ice. Roll three times with another glass. Rim serving glass and fill with ice. Strain Caesar into the serving glass, garnish.

Serves 1.

Saskatchewan

Das ist gut! Almost one third of the residents of Canada's sunniest province hail from Germany, which provided some of the inspiration for this prairie Caesar.

Ingredients:

Rim: celery salt

1 Tbsp. (15ml) sauerkraut

1 oz. Wiser's Special Blend Whisky (or favourite whisky)

3 dashes hot sauce

5 grinds fresh cracked black pepper

4 oz. Mott's Clamato

Garnish: Pickled baby corn

Directions:

Muddle sauerkraut in whisky in a mixing glass. Add all other ingredients with ice and stir. Rim serving glass and fill with fresh ice. Fine-strain the Caesar into the serving glass, garnish.

Serves 1.

Alberta

Alberta Premium whisky and - of course - the Caesar. Canada's cocktail was first mixed in Calgary in 1969 - so while the classic Caesar would have done just fine for this province, the Alberta of today is a more sophisticated place than it was when Walter Chell was behind the bar at the Calgary Inn. Some things just keep getting better with age.

Ingredients:

Rim: steak spice

1 oz. Alberta Premium Rye Whisky (or favourite rye whisky)

1 oz. beef stock

Pinch steak spice

2 dashes hot sauce

3 grinds fresh cracked black pepper

4 oz. Mott's Clamato

Garnish: Grilled flank steak on a skewer

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass with ice. Roll three times with another glass.

Rim serving glass and fill with ice. Strain Caesar into serving glass, garnish.

Serves 1.

British Columbia

A study released in 2011 showed that Asian immigration to Canada is impacting our national palate. When the result is a cocktail as delicious as this one, we say bring it on. Of course, it's not a Caesar without a Canadian spin, provided here by the B.C. salmon jerky that tops off the drink.

Ingredients:

Rim: Chinese five-spice /fresh cracked salt and pepper

1 oz. Victoria gin (or favourite gin)

1/2 tsp. (2ml) each Siracha hot sauce and oyster sauce

3 grinds fresh cracked black pepper

5 dashes Worcestershire

4 oz. Mott's Clamato

Garnish: Salmon Jerky

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass with ice. Roll three times with another glass.

Rim serving glass and fill with ice. Strain Caesar into serving glass, garnish.

Serves 1.

The Northern Provinces

Canada's northern territories have taken off in the last 20 years - leading economists to coin the term "The Booming North". Still comprised of mostly untouched territory, this recipe is inspired by gold mining and the characteristically cold temperatures of the northern territories - Nunavut, Northwest Territories and the Yukon.

Ingredients:

4 oz. margarita mix

1 oz. Polar Ice Vodka (or favourite vodka)

4 oz. Mott's Clamato Extra Spicy cocktail

1 oz. Polar Ice vodka (or favourite vodka)

4 dashes Worcestershire sauce

Freshly ground salt and pepper

Garnish with lime slice

Directions:

Make Margarita slush: In a blender, combine 4 oz. prepared margarita mix with 1 oz of vodka and 3 cups ice. Blend until smooth.

In a separate glass, mix Mott's Clamato Extra Spicy cocktail, vodka, Worcestershire sauce and salt and pepper over ice.

Scoop margarita slush into centre of margarita glass. Gently pour Clamato mixture around margarita slush.

Garnish with lime slice.

Serves 1.


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