Today is National Caesar Day. While the ingredients of this beloved cocktail haven’t changed much since it was invented in Calgary in 1969—vodka, Clamato juice, Worcestershire and Tabasco—the toppings sure have. From the delicious to the outrageous, celebrate this national day with an over-the-top Caesar at one of these spots.
Hunters Landing, Toronto
Head to this popular spot on the weekend for brunch and try the two-ounce Landing Cure Caesar. The $16 drink is made with Absolut vodka and garnished with a whole East Coast lobster tail, a slice of pizza, house-smoked bacon, mozzarella, veggies and pickles.
L’Gros Luxe, various locations across Quebec
This popular bar, with five locations across Quebec including three in Montreal, serves Caesars made with vodka, saké, Jägermeister, bourbon, gin or tequila. Mix and match toppings like burgers, onion rings, fried pickles, grilled cheese sandwiches, chicken wings, cheese quesadillas and candied bacon to create the perfect cocktail. Or, if you really want to go for it, order a Caesar with all of these toppings.
Score on Davie, Vancouver
This sports bar serves five kinds of Caesars including mac and cheese, seafood and grilled cheese sandwich-topped varieties. For the ultimate drink, or meal really, try the Checkmate—a $60 behemoth that comes with Cornish game hen, chicken wings, onion rings, a burger, pulled pork slider, a mac and cheese hotdog and brownie.
Tavern on Whyte, Edmonton
Located in Edmonton’s Old Strathcona neighbourhood, Tavern on Whyte serves up a huge Caesar with more than 10 toppings. The Tavern Caesar comes in a mason jar brimming with toppings like a feta-stuffed olive, grilled red pepper, a pickled egg and half a grilled cheese sandwich. Inside the glass is three ounces of the pub’s house vodka mixed with Clamato juice, Tabasco, Worcestershire sauce and horseradish.
Lucille’s Oyster Dive, Montreal
Home to the best lobster rolls in town, Lucille’s Oyster Dive uses fruits de mer in its spicy Caesars. The Monkland Village joint tops their $18 Seafood Bloody Caesar with raw oysters, clams, shrimp and snow crab legs.
Harlem Restaurant, Toronto
Try this Toronto Afro-Caribbean hotspot’s Bloody Jerk Caesar, infused with vodka, Clamato juice, Worcestershire, Mango Scotch Bonnet sauce and jerk seasoning for a spicy three-ounce cocktail. The garnish is stacked up more than a foot high with chicken and waffles, fried okra and candied plantain.
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