Today is March 15th and I am always reminded of the phrase “Beware the Ides of March” from Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar on this day.
I researched the Ides of March to see if there are any interesting food traditions loosely related to this day. I found out that Canadians enjoy drinking a drink called a Bloody Caesar cocktail which is rarely found outside of Canada.
- The Bloody Caesar is one of the most popular cocktails in Canada and over 350 million are consumed annually.
- The name is usually shortened to just ‘Caesar’.
- It seems that the major difference between a Bloody Mary and a Bloody Caesar is that ‘Caesars’ include Clam Juice in the mixture.
During my research, I uncovered this interesting blog written by a Canadian woman which is called Cookin’ Canuck, here is her recipe and links to two others:
- ¼ cup celery salt
- 1 lime, cut into 8 wedges
- Ice cubes
- 6 oz. vodka
- 32 oz. Clamato juice
- Several dashes of Worcestershire sauce for each
- Several dashes of Tabasco sauce for each
- 4 long ribs of celery
- 8 pimento-stuffed olives (optional)
- Spread the celery salt onto a small plate. Rub the rim of one 12-ounce glass with a lime wedge. Turn the glass upside down and dip the rim of the glass into the celery salt. Repeat with remaining 3 glasses.
- Fill each glass with ice cubes. Divide the vodka equally between the 4 glasses. Pour Clamato juice into each glass.
- Season each Caesar with several dashes of Worcestershire and Tabasco sauces, to desired spiciness. Stir each cocktail with a stir stick.
- Garnish with celery sticks, olives and remaining lime wedges. Serve.