How did it ever come to light?
The creation of this cocktail is attributed to Walter Chell, a Calgary restaurant manager, in 1969. Inspired by a dish of spaghetti alle vongole (spaghetti with tomato sauce and clams) from the country of his Italian ancestors, he perfected his invention for three months, adjusting it according to customers’ feedback.
The success was immediate, and the Caesar is now considered Canada’s emblematic cocktail. Doubtful for some, adored by others, this mix has stood the test of time to gain its place into the temple of public appreciation. When someone loves Bloody Caesars, they LOVE Bloody Caesars!
Make yourself one at home
Although the original recipe uses vodka as a base, here are some alternatives to reinvent the Caesar (with rum or tequila, for example). And what’ great about preparing your favourite cocktail at home is that you can entirely adapt it to your tastes. The only limitation is your imagination and the ingredients you have on hand.