If you are a fan of the bloody Caesar, you will enjoy this very interesting rendition of the recipe. It pairs whiskey and Clamato juice in one spiced-up cocktail that's an absolute delight to drink.
The recipe comes from Forty Creek Whisky a nice example of smooth Canadian whisky. It's used instead of vodka, the traditional liquor in the bloody Caesar, which can often get lost amongst all of the flavors. The whiskey adds depth to the background of this spicy, savory drink, though there are a few more surprises in this recipe.
One of those is adding Italian dressing to the tomato-Clamato juice combination. Another is the funky rim of apricot jam coated in a mix of Montreal steak seasoning and celery salt. While you may be tempted to skip that, it's highly recommended. If you're not sure about it, rim just half of the glass so you can sample the unique taste.
Finally, have fun with the garnishes! This is one of those bloody Mary variations where the wilder and more elaborate the garnish, the better. There are plenty of great ideas that you can mix and match as you see fit.
- 2 ounces whiskey (Forty Creek)
- 2 ounces Clamato juice (Mott's)
- 2 ounces tomato juice
- 1 dash hot sauce (Tabasco)
- 1 dash Worcestershire sauce
- 1/2 ounce Italian dressing
- Garnish: Montreal steak spice (for rim)
- Garnish: celery salt (for rim)
- Garnish: 1/2 teaspoon apricot jam (for rim
- Garnish: grilled shrimp or prawn, cheese cubes, hot pepper, BBQ sausage, pepperoni, dill pickle, celery stalk, cucumber, cherry tomato, lime slice
Gather the ingredients.
Using the apricot jam as an adhesive, rim a tall glass with a mixture of equal parts Montreal steak spice and celery salt.
Fill the glass halfway with ice. Add the hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and Italian dressing.
Top with whiskey, Clamato, and tomato juice.
Stir gently to mix and garnish with a creative skewer of your choice.
Serve and enjoy!
- Do yourself a favor and follow this recipe exactly as given in the first round. You can always add or subtract ingredients, and make adjustments to suit your taste. Want it a little hotter? Add more Tabasco. Do you think it needs a bit more savory spice? Add more Worcestershire or a dash of the steak seasoning.
- If you really like Clamato, use it alone and skip the tomato juice. It will be more like the original bloody Caesar.
- Switch back to vodka if you like. You can also try this recipe with tequila (a la bloody Maria) or gin (the original bloody Mary base for a drink called the red snapper).
How Strong Is a Forty Creek Caesar?
Forty Creek Barrel Select is the brand's flagship bottle and an 80-proof whisky. If you pour that, this recipe will mix up to a mild 11 percent ABV (22 proof). That's typical of tall drinks and equivalent to the average wine.