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Beware the Ides of March

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:

Bloody Caesar Cocktail Recipe

Makes 4 cocktails
Ingredients
  • 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)
 Instructions
  1. 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.
  2. Fill each glass with ice cubes. Divide the vodka equally between the 4 glasses. Pour Clamato juice into each glass.
  3. Season each Caesar with several dashes of Worcestershire and Tabasco sauces, to desired spiciness. Stir each cocktail with a stir stick.
  4. Garnish with celery sticks, olives and remaining lime wedges. Serve.

Bloody Caesar Cocktail Recipe Two

Bloody Caesar Cocktail Recipe Three

 

Cheers!
~Sherlock Hungry

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What is the meaning of the phrase Bon Appétit?

When broken down, ‘bon’ is the french word for good and ‘appétit’ is the french word for ‘appetite’ so the phrase is literally translated to ‘good appetite’.

French speakers use it as an interjection before their meals to their dining companions as a way to tell each other to enjoy their meal.

So…enjoy your meal,
good appetite,
or Bon Appétit!

~Sherlock Hungry