The Bloody Caesar is a classic cocktail recipe that’s been around for decades. Similar to a Bloody Mary, the Bloody Caesar’s garnish is the center piece of its final presentation and can really make or break the recipe! It’s a great brunch beverage to mix up for friends or enjoy as a pre-dinner drink to get the evening started. There are quite a few ingredients that go into this cocktail, but don’t be daunted by the list – it’s an easy recipe to follow and the end result is a mixture of salty goodness that I know you’re going to love.
The Bloody Caesar originates from Canada and is often referred to as their national cocktail, which I thought was so interesting! I mean, I can’t think of a cocktail popular enough within the United States to be labeled as the national cocktail, but it’s safe to say the Bloody Caesar is an international hit.
My personal approach to this cocktail involves vodka, clam juice, pickle juice, and tomato juice, along with a variety of sauces originally used in classic Bloody Mary cocktails. A simple touch that really ties the cocktail together is a salted rim, giving the mixture a pleasant and satisfying finish.
The sauces in this recipe are an essential part of the Bloody Caesar’s signature flavor. The Worcestershire sauce and hot sauce add a savory and spicy kick to the drink, while the horseradish adds a distinctive flavor note (and a bit of heat) to the drink. Now, if you’re someone who prefers things on the milder side, don’t worry: the level of spiciness can be adjusted to taste!
I decided to stick with some of the classic garnishes for this recipe, so I went with onion, tomato, olives, lime, pickles, and shrimp. All these ingredients pair well with the tanginess and slightly acidic notes of the drink.
I’d say gathering the ingredients for the Bloody Caesar is the “tough” part, but mixing this cocktail only takes minutes, so let me show you!
Step 1: Wet the rim of a highball glass with a lime wedge then dip it carefully in salt.
Step 2: Add vodka, clam juice, pickle juice, horseradish, tabasco sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and a squeeze of lime juice into a shaker.
Step 3: Fill the shaker with tomato juice and top with ice. Shake until chilled.
Step 4: Pour mixture (along with ice) into your glass and garnish.
The Bloody Caesar is bold, savory, and spicy with a thick and velvety texture. Whether you prefer a milder or spicier version, this classic vodka-based cocktail recipe is sure to delight!