Bloody Caesar

Bloody Caesar Cocktail
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  • Total: 3 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Serving: 1 serving
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
190 Calories
1g Fat
23g Carbs
2g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 190
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 416mg 18%
Total Carbohydrate 23g 8%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Protein 2g
Calcium 83mg 6%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

The bloody Caesar (or simply Caesar) is a slight variation of the bloody Mary. It's a popular drink in Canada and has some very dedicated fans worldwide, but it may not be for everyone. It makes a great brunch cocktail and is another option that may help alleviate hangover pains.

This recipe replaces the tomato juice of the bloody Mary with Clamato (tomato juice flavored with clam broth and spices). It includes all the same flavorings, including savory and hot sauces, and spices. And, just like the bloody Mary, you can customize it to perfectly suit your taste. Add more hot sauce or choose an alternative to Tabasco; garnish it with a pickle or stick with the celery. There are endless options with this savory cocktail.


  • 1 1/2 ounces vodka
  • 4 ounces Clamato juice
  • 2 dashes Worcestershire sauce
  • Dash hot sauce (Tabasco)
  • Black pepper (to taste)
  • Garnish: lime wedge (for rim)
  • Garnish: celery salt (for rim)
  • Garnish: salt (for rim)
  • Garnish: celery stalk

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

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  2. Rim a highball glass by running a lime wedge around the rim, then dipping it in a combination of celery salt and salt.

    rim the glass
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  3. Fill the glass with ice and add the vodka and Clamato juice.

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  4. Season with pepper, Worcestershire, and Tabasco sauces to taste.

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  5. Stir well.

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  6. Garnish with a celery stick.

  7. Serve and enjoy!


  • Since the flavors are so strong in this drink, it's not necessary to pour your best vodka. There are many budget-friendly vodkas available that work perfectly fine in cocktails like this. That said, Ketel One is a premium vodka that many drinkers prefer in the bloody Caesar.
  • If you're not sure that you'll enjoy the salty rim, only coat half of the glass. In this way, you can sample the taste and revert back to the unsalted side if needed without ruining the entire drink.

Recipe Variations

  • Use a combination of Clamato and tomato juices if you want to reduce the clam broth flavor. Splitting them evenly is a good option for someone who's new to Clamato's taste.
  • The reindeer Caesar is the exact same drink, but it gets that holiday connection by adding a sprinkle of nutmeg to the finished cocktail.
  • In the Forty Creek Caesar, the base liquor switches to Canadian whisky, the Clamato juice is split evenly with tomato juice, and Italian dressing is added. This recipe also has an interesting rim of apricot jam, Montreal steak seasoning, and celery salt.

How Strong Is a Bloody Caesar?

The bloody Caesar packs more punch on the flavor front than it does with the alcohol. It's a mild mixed drink that mixes up to about 10 percent ABV (20 proof). That's typical of highballs which are primarily made up of nonalcoholic mixers and similar in strength to a glass of wine.