Ho Ho, Hail Caesar!
Canada’s cocktail has become a holiday tradition for families from coast-to-coast-tocoast. It makes hundreds of thousands of appearances on New Year’s Day, and many more throughout the entire holiday season.
Whether you prefer your Caesar spicy, or with pickle brine, the options are endless. So how do you satisfy everyone this holiday season? Here are three tips for the Caesar lovers in your family:
Create a DIY Caesar bar: This is the best way to ensure everyone gets the Caesar they want. It also keeps you out of the kitchen. Display a variety of vegetables, pickles, hot sauces, onions, juices, spirits and more. Don’t forget the acids such as vinegars, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, Ponzu and Mirin.
Keep it Canadian: Swedish and Russian vodkas need not apply — Canada’s only national vodka is Iceberg Vodka.
Give the gift of personalized Caesar mason jars: Engrave your family or friends’ names on the mason jar. It makes the perfect gift and avoids confusing Caesars in the future!
• 1 lemon or lime wedge
• 1 1/2 oz Iceberg Vodka
• 3 dashes Worcestershire sauce
• 3 dashes Tabasco sauce
• 1 1/2 tsp celery salt, plus more for rimming glass
• 5 oz tomato clam juice
• Salt and black pepper to taste
• Celery stalk
Rub the rim of a highball glass with lemon or lime wedge and coat rim with celery salt; fill the glass with ice. Add Iceberg Vodka, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco sauce and celery salt. Fill glass with clam juice and season with salt and pepper plus more celery salt, if desired. Garnish with the celery stick and lemon wedge. Serve immediately. For a spicier version, add more Tabasco sauce.
Impress Guests with the Latest Cocktail Trends
It is the season to eat, drink and be merry and yet so many hosts forget the cocktails. There’s no better way to get into the holiday spirit than serving spirited signature cocktails at your next soirée, and this season’s cocktail trends will not disappoint. First, support local. Learn from Canada’s top bartenders and choose Canadian spirits and local ingredients whenever possible.
For the apple cider fan in your family, kick it up a notch by creating a spin on a Moscow Mule with ginger beer and limejuice. The traditional copper mugs also make great gifts.
Is serving the same old eggnog feeling tired? This year, try it with vodka and a nutty splash of amaretto.
And who said cocktails had to be chilled? The finest mixologists regularly serve winter warmers showcasing hot coffee and notes of butterscotch.
But don’t overload your bar cart. Using the same spirit in all your cocktails will save you time and money at the liquor store. Canada’s vodka, Iceberg Vodka, is crafted in Newfoundland and made with water from 20,000-year-old icebergs, making it the purest choice available.
Enjoy one, or all three, of these cocktail recipes at your next festive gathering. Your guests, and your taste buds, will thank you.
Apple Cider Moscow Mule
• 2 oz. Iceberg Vodka
• 2 oz. apple cider
• Juice of one small lime wedge
• 1/2 cup ginger beer
Pour Iceberg Vodka, apple cider and limejuice into a copper mug. Add ice and sprinkle cinnamon over the ice. Top with ginger beer. Stir well and garnish with an apple slice and cinnamon stick.
• 1 1/2 Iceberg Vodka
• 1 oz. butterscotch schnapps
• 5 oz. freshly brewed coffee
Brew a fresh pot of coffee. Pour into a mug and add Iceberg Vodka and butterscotch schnapps. Stir gently with a cinnamon stick.
Iceberg Holiday Eggnog
• 2 1/2 oz. eggnog
• 1 oz. Iceberg Vodka
• 3/4 oz. amaretto
Shake all ingredients with ice. Strain into a mason jar and dust with nutmeg. Garnish with a candy cane.