Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Bloody! Caesar!

Happy 40th birthday to everyone's favorite mix of vodka, tomato and clam juice. Yep 40 years ago today bartender Walter Chell created the Bloody Caesar. He was working at the Calgary Inn and came up with a variation on the popular Bloody Mary for the opening of a new restaurant. At the time Mott's had just released their clamato juice but it wasn't widely available so Walter used mashed clams in his original recipe.

I once had a chemistry professor explain to me why the order of mixing a Bloody Mary or Caeser was important; according to him it was all based on chemical reaction - ice with salt, with seasonings then the vodka to absorb the flavour and the clamato juice acted as a natural mixer.
  • Ice cubes
  • Salt
  • Freshly Ground Pepper
  • 2 Dashes Hot Sauce
  • 2 Dashes Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1½ oz. Vodka
  • 6 oz. Clamato Juice
  • Celery salt
  • Lime/Lemon wedge
  • 1 Crisp CeleryStalk

Rim a high ball glass first with Lime wedge and then with celery salt. Half-fill the glass with ice cubes, add a sprinkling of salt and a grind of pepper. Then the Hot Sauce and Worcestershire Sauce. Next the vodka goes in and finally the Clamato Juice. Not need to stir or mix. Garnish with the citrus wedge and Celery stalk.

The good prof may have been pulling my leg but its the way I always made them. And they were very popular in the days when that's how everyone started a brunch.

12 maggio - Santi Nereo e Achilleo

8 comments:

Doralong said...

Ahh, the classics...

sageweb said...

Yummy..I will from now on make them in the right order.

Sling said...

Prof wasn't pulling your leg.
Given the ingredients of this wonderful concoction,that's the perfect order!
I might add that a straw be included as 'garnish',in order for the first sip to be enjoyed from the top down..
Most satisfying. :)

flipstinger said...

....and i thought you were just a "VINO" kinda guy! =)

Blake said...

OH MY GOD! Nicky and Nora have been replaced on the masthead by what? I hope they are not being relegated to the archives. Uncle Pervy.

yellowdog granny said...

when i was a bartender many moons ago..i came up with a hangover drink..it's like a bloody mary, except that it's got so much angasora bitters in it that it's black and not red...and i called it a black maria*pronounced ma.rye a...everyone said it was the best hangover drink, guaranteeing you would never get drunk again, just so you wouldn't have to drink that drink..haha

Willym said...

Blakie: No they are not in the archives; this is a terra cotta figure that I saw in Milano at Catello Sforza which took my fancy. They will return.

more cowbell said...

Uh oh ... your chemistry professor, you say? Male Offspring just got into a program where he will be taking classes at our community college for his final two years of high school. He'll be earning simultaneous high school credits for graduation AND college credits toward his transfer to a 4yr university.

His interest? Math and ... chemistry.

I'm checking the professor out post haste.