Caesar: Canada's National Drink?
In honor of the 40th anniversary of the Caesar, Calgary Mayor Dave Bronconnier is marking Caesar Day. This also marks the beginning of a push to dub the Caesar as Canada's national drink.
If I may quote HAL, "What are you doing, Dave?"
For those who don't know, the Caesar is comprised of vodka, hot sauce, salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce... and Clamato. Yup. Tomato-and-clam juice. Seriously.
Now, I may be half-Canadian, but I was raised in the USA, where the only red drinks are the Bloody Mary (if you like tomato juice and booze for breakfast) and blood (if you're a vampire).
Cuba has the mojito. Mexico has the margarita. Will Canada soon have the caesar?
It was 40 years ago when Walter Chell, a bartender at what is now the Westin Hotel in Calgary, concocted a vodka and Clamato juice drink that has become one of Canada's most popular. Now the city is campaigning to have it made the country's official cocktail.
I think that comparing anything that contains clam juice with the nuanced and mysterious margarita (I'm not talking about those booze slurpees you find at theme restaurants, but proper margaritas, now) is a travesty. A travesty.
The Caesar is part of Canadiana, sure, but I believe that Canada's national drink should be some sort of beer. Like Granville Island Winter Ale. Sure, it's seasonal, but hey- Canada experiences winter for most of the year. Or Screech. It's rum, but not as we know it.