Mott's Clamato - The Caesar

Friday, August 01, 2014

The long weekend is here and what better way to celebrate than giving away a signed copy of the ultimate food and drink bible CAESARS: The Essential Guide to Your Favourite Cocktail by Clint Pattemore, Caesar Mixing Officer for Mott’s Clamato. This gorgeous full-colour cookbook is filled with over 50 unique recipes for Caesar variations and 20 delicious food recipes by Top Chef Alumni Connie DeSousa and Charcut Roast House co-owner Chef John Jackson.

My love for caesars has grown dramatically over the years and I’m always fascinated by all of the different caesar variations out there.  I love the endless options of garnishes, spices, hot sauces, and alcohol you can incorporate to make a unique and delicious caesar.  Of course the classic Canadian caesar would not exist without the essential ingredient of Mott’s Clamato Original which gives your cocktail that deliciously distinct and savory taste.

The caesar which is a Canadian creation was introduced in 1969 to celebrate the opening of Marco’s Italian restaurant at the Calgary Inn (now the Westin Calgary).  Walter Chell who was the mixologist and food/beverage manager created the classic cocktail  with inspiration from the flavours of Spaghetti Vongole (spaghetti with clams), and combined sweet (tomato juice), salty (clam nectar), sour (lime), spicy (Worcestershire sauce) and bitter (celery salt).  After naming it for the Roman emperor, legend has it that he served one to an Englishman who exclaimed: "That's a good bloody Caesar!"

Mott’s Clamato Original is the most popular caesar mix but you can also find Mott's extra spice, the works, original premixed caesar with vodka, extra spicy caesar with vodka, and virgin caesar. Also newly introduced is the premixed Mott’s Clamato Caesar Vodka with Bacon – a must try Canadian concoction!
 My fav part of a caesar are the garnishes and you can get really creative with the options. The Classic Caesar calls for a fresh celery stalk and lime wedge but why not use your imagination and try something a little more daring….perhaps a sweet and savory caesar? Change up your caesar traditions this long weekend and make one of these amazing Pineapple Basil Caesars!

Pineapple Basil Caesar
The sweetness of pineapple, spiciness of tequila, and herbiness of basil all have one thing in common: they work well with pepper. Pepper is the key to this drink, and the basil, tequila, and cracked black pepper rim combine to create a trifecta of pepper in your mouth!

Glass               Highball
Rim                  Fresh Cracked Salt and Black Pepper

4 chunks          Fresh Pineapple (1” cubes)
4 leaves           Fresh Basil (ripped up)
2 dashes          Jalapeno Hot Sauce
2 dashes          Worcestershire
5 grinds           Fresh Cracked Black Pepper
1 oz.                100% Blue Agave Tequila
4 oz.                Mott’s Clamato Cocktail

Garnish           Pineapple Chunks Dipped in the Rimmer, on a Skewer; Fresh Basil Leaves

1.   In a mixing glass, muddle everything but the tequila and Mott’s Clamato Cocktail.
2.   Add the tequila and Mott’s Clamato Cocktail, and stir well to mix and spread the flavours           around.
3.   Rim a highball glass and fill to the top with ice.
4.   Strain the mixture into the highball glass, and garnish.

Tips or Variation Options
  • To make the easy version of this recipe, use pineapple juice instead of fresh chunks and omit the basil, just placing some chopped fresh leaves on top for garnish.
  • Pineapple is a very versatile flavor, so for this drink have fun finding new pairings that are maybe a little bit out-there!
  • Smoky flavours can be a great accent to pineapples, whether in the form of liquid smoke or a smoky whisky.
If you want to win a signed copy of CAESARS: The Essential Guide to Your Favourite Cocktail by Clint Pattemore just copy and paste this tweet:

Mott's  is the perfect long weekend drink!  send me a signed copy of the CAESARS book so I can make my own.

The winner will be announced on Tuesday August 5th and
 the contest is open to anyone in Canada.

Happy Long Weekend!

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