Ladies & Gentlemen, it’s Canada Day and the country is about to explode in celebration and joyous gatherings. From East Coast to West Coast, July 1st marks one of the most amazing days of unity for each and every one of us. Be you escaping to the cottage for some quiet time with friends, or planning to hit the streets of the city you love, one thing remains the same. It’s time for some cocktails (then again, in my life, when is it not?!). What better way to cheers to the country we love and who loves us in return then with the Canadian made Iceberg Vodka in a classically Canadian way? Let me tell you how to get your Eh Game on (pun intended) tomorrow with this great vodka option for your gatherings.
Celebrating the classic Canadian Holiday means that you must make the classic Canadian cocktail: The Bloody Caesar. Uniquely Canadian,The Bloody Caesar was invented in 1969 by Walter Chell at the Westin Hotel. Challenged with the task of creating something unique, he chose to commemorate the launch of the hotel’s Italian Restaurant with classic Italian flavours. Mashed clams, tomato juice, vodka, Worcestershire sauce alongside salt & pepper. And the rest, as they say, is delicious history.
Pair this Canadian concoction with the Canadian made Iceberg Vodka and you’ve got something homegrown to sip on from brunch to the wee hours of the night.
“Every year in Newfoundland and Labrador, thousands of icebergs break off from glaciers and travel south where they melt into the sea. This water is so naturally pure, even the oxygen liberated during the melting process is cleaner than what is naturally found on Earth. After much pondering on how best to leverage this pristine water, we came to the only natural conclusion: vodka. ... Utilizing the purest water this planet has to offer results in the smoothest, best tasting vodka. And that’s worth every last drop.”
“To honour Canada’s signature cocktail, a creation that still confuses Americans today, Iceberg Vodka asked Toronto’s hottest bartenders from hangouts including Wildfire, JaBistro, Starfish, Café California and Paese for the ultimate all-Canadian Caesar recipe.” Check our their websites to see their versions.
Now, you will have your favourites and I will have mine. But in the DoTheDaniel.com way, I’ve come up with a caesar recipe all my own for you. So, grab your Iceberg Vodka and let’s make it together from coast to coast to cheers to a Happy Canada Day!
The Eh Game Caesar
2 oz. Iceberg Vodka
1 Tbsp Maple Syrup
1 Tbsp Sriracha
2 thick cut smoked bacon strips cooked crispy
In a large shaker (or large glass if one is not available) combine Iceberg Vodka, Sriracha & Maple Syrup. Stir briskly until combined. Rim your glass with celery salt and fill with ice. Pour mixture over ice, fill glass with Clamato and garnish with bacon. Sweet, spicy and salty, The Eh Game is positively Canadian in every way as far as I’m concerned.
Inspired by the balance of Canadian culture and flavours, this version of The Bloody Caesar made Julio & I excited for Canada Day with friends in the sun and I hope that you will feel the same. And let’s be honest here. Who doesn’t love a double serving of bacon as a garnish.
Photos: Iceberg Vodka & Julio Reyes taken with our Samsung Canada GALAXY Camera 2
Please remember to enjoy responsibly and never drink and drive.