Well, as the old saying goes, it’s five o’clock somewhere, right? Time for a drink. Especially after I asked Meat and Tater Man to help me out in the kitchen with the dinner prep. An extra set of hands in the kitchen quickly turned into a conversation on how we have too many lids for pots and pans in this house. A potentially engaging, but in my opinion, completely unnecessary dialogue when you’re trying to get a roast chicken and fixins prepped for supper tonight. And this from a man who has 14 of everything in his garage, but I digress.
Can you see that I’m in need of a cocktail now? Luckily for me, Meat and Tater Man is an amazing bar keep, if at the same time an annoying cook’s side kick. He makes the best Bloody Caesars ever, just how I like ’em…not too spicy, a tad lemony, and juuuuust right. Cause a lady needs a righteous libation after defending her kitchen battery necessities to the bar man.
For those of you living outside of Canada, it’s worth it to source a good tomato clam cocktail. Because a Bloody Mary just doesn’t compare to this lovely little number. Our brand of choice is Mott’s Clamato.
On the topic of alchohol, the original Caesar calls for a shot of vodka, but I’ve tried this with tequila and could very well be persuaded either way, depending on the time of day. Another favourite of mine is to make this with bacon flavoured vodka (yeah, you heard that right). Oh my…now that’s righteous, in a most awesome, smoky, subtle kind of way.
But I’ll let you in on a little secret of mine. Lately, I’ve been drinking my Caesars a little bit spicier (with a whisper more Tabasco sauce), and virgin. Yup, you heard that right again. Completely virgin. The drink, I mean. If you’re having a properly seasoned Caesar, you won’t taste the alcohol anyways, so having a few virgin Caesars allows me to enjoy a glass of wine with that roast chicken, without being half in the bag by the time the dinner bell rings. Just a thought. No one needs to know which way you lean. I certainly won’t tell anyone…I’m too busy minding my pots & pans (and their lids).
The classic Canadian cocktail, good any time of day. Feel free to omit the alcohol if you wish (you can then really have it any time of day).
- 1 ½ ounces of your favourite vodka (what Meat and Tater Man calls a “shot”), or tequila (fair warning: you may never go back to vodka if you try tequila)
- 1 wedge of lemon, squeezed into the glass before being added to the glass
- ½ dozen drops of Tabasco
- ½ dozen drops of Chipotle Tabasco
- ½ dozen drops of Worcestershire
- 4-5 ounces Clamato juice
- Fill a glass with ice cubes.
- Add the other ingredients in the order listed above. Serve to the one you love.
- Feel free to garnish with a celery stick, or something fancier, like a spicy pickled veggie spear.