How to Make a Classic Caesar

Tomorrow is National Caesar Day so I thought now would be the perfect time to share a recipe for a Classic Canadian Caesar.

Classic Caesar

I was FORCED to make a couple Caesars just to be certain everything was perfect and to snap a few pics…being a recipe blogger is tough work…lol

I still remember the first time I had a Caesar. It was the first Christmas, Music Man and I were married. We were visiting Music Man’s family and his brother brought out these huge glasses of deliciousness. It was definitely a case of love at first sip and a Christmas Eve tradition we continue to this day.

Classic Caesar

A Classic Caesar is also a fun summertime drink. Okay let’s be honest, it’s the perfect cocktail anytime, anyplace, any occasion!

Before I share our recipe, here are a few fun Classic Caesar facts:

  • It’s believed that the first Caesar was created in 1969 by Walter Chell at the Calgary Inn.
  • Annually, the Thursday before the May 2-4 long-weekend is National Caesar Day!
  • The main difference between a bloody Mary and a Caesar is that a bloody Mary is made with tomato juice and a Caesar with clamato juice.
  • In 2010, the Caesar is officially named Canada’s National Cocktail by Parliament.
  • The Caesar is almost unknown outside of Canada.
  • Canadians drink 360 million Caesars every year!

Classic Caesar

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How to Make a Classic Caesar
  • It's easy to remember, just follow the 1,2,3,4,5 formula!
  • 1 (or 2) ounces of vodka
  • 2 - dashes of hot sauce
  • 3 - grinds of fresh salt and pepper
  • 4 - drops Worcestershire Sauce
  • 5 - ounces of Clamato juice (I usually just fill the glass)
  • Ice
  • Clamato rimmer or celery salt to rim the glass
  • Freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Optional - I do this because I love the added taste, but it is not part of a "classic" Caesar. 1 Tbsp. olive juice (or dill pickle juice)
  • Whatever you like but popular garnishes are:
  • lime (or lemon) slices
  • celery ribs
  • pickle slices
  • olives
  • bacon
  • cooked seafood
  • couple dashes of Clamato rimmer
  1. Rim a highball glass with citrus and Clamato rimmer
  2. Fill the glass to the top with ice.
  3. Add the ingredients in the order listed.
  4. Stir well to mix the cocktail, and garnish.

Classic Caesar

I hope you give this recipe a try, it’s really, really good and no, it does not taste like clams…lol

Happy #NationalCaesarDay everyone!




  1. Patricia Bacon says

    Firstly, you are a real trooper going to such difficult lengths to prepare a blog post. :-) Secondly, I was amazed by the last 3 “facts” about Caesars. And lastly, I find tomato juice too thick, and dislike the taste of clams, but am crazy mad about V8 juice and use it as a “base” for this drink. Would it be called a Bloody Caesar? LOL! Either way, love this recipe and love the addition of bacon as a garnish!

  2. Hi Monica, this would fit perfectly in Food on Friday under the tomato theme. Hope you bring it on over. Cheers from Carole’s Chatter

  3. for some many years now \i have one well four or five days a week. and order them sometimes when \i am out for lunch or dinner. Some \caesers in \Canada at a restaurant are not to badly made, some not good at all I have a winter hoe the past 17 years down in the south of Florida and bring usually a dozen bottles of \clamato with me. We go through them all, for sure over the winter season. Wine is served at other folks homes when we get together for cards or lunch or dinner or what not but the expected drink at my place are the \caesers. \Gals have brought som fancy makings for them \ illuminated fancy straws huge fancy glasses \i forget the company name but they have a top on the glass and a straw fits right in there. they bring fixings like jars of olives horseradish of various types, sometimes left over pickle juice even \ but, only some pickle juice is good in the drink, many are not. sometimes in the \u.\s. you can get actually a darn good drink but yes called bloody mary, one place a fish restaurant, that \i have been to some ties have a bartender who makes up a real batch of mix, with lam juice and spicy for sure and they are delicious. I like horseradish in the drink as well. not all the tie but sometime.
    Just found your blog when looking to cook maybe it was bok choy or something. \is interesting and the title is catchy. I AM IN Barrie \ONTARIO, RETIRED AND GETTING OLD IT SEEMS, FOR SURE WHEN WORKING THE DAY IN MY GARDEN BOTH HERE IN \ONTARIO AND DOWN IN \FLORIDA. \THAT S WHY CAESERS FOR SENIORS IS AN IMPORTANT ITEM.

  4. Reem Ahmed says

    Thanks, amazing recipe!

  5. Judy Cowan says

    Love a good Caesar!! Never thought of using bacon as a garnish before, must try that out!

  6. Wow, I’m usually happy to get a celery in my Caesar, but that PLUS olives AND bacon totally rocks it!

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