Have I told you how much I love a good Caesar? I’m sure I have mentioned it from time to time. Well, in my travels around the pubs and restaurants of Toronto I’m quietly searching for the best Caesar in the city. Now for some of my readers around the globe you may not even know what the heck a Caesar is so here is a quick history of this Canadian classic cocktail.
Calgary, Alberta – The infamous Bloody Caesar cocktail was invented in 1969, by bartender Walter Chell at the Westin Hotel. He had been asked to concoct a drink to commemorate the opening of Marco’s, the hotel’s Italian restaurant. Using it’s Italian cuisine for inspiration, he came up with a mixture of hand-mashed clams, tomato juice, vodka, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper, then garnished it with a celery stick and named it for the Roman Emperor – a “Bloody Caesar”. Later, with assistance from Chell, the Mott Company went on to develop clamato juice. With this, the popularity of the cocktail has spread to the point that about 250 million Mott’s Clamato Caesars are created and consumed annually.
I found a fabulous place by the way. I had the upper dining room all to myself. A stunning Transgender person sat me by the window and the Church St. sign displayed itself in the view from my window seat.
I decided to give their Caesars a try!! Um and yum! Needless to say if you are in the city and looking for a fabulous Caesar one option is Hair of the Dog on Church Street. They are wonderful. Lovely toppings and just the right bite. Speaking of which, their shirts read “Bite Me” on the back. Um, well I say yes to that anytime.
Edited by Mary Ellen Monk