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by • May 16, 2016 • Events, Food & Wine, TorontoComments (0)

Food & Wine | Ready. Set. Caesar.

Today marks #NationalCaesarDay and it’s time to start sipping an iconic Canadian beverage. It’s happy hour somewhere, right? As one of my favourite drinks (usually enjoyed over brunch with friends) I can’t wait to meet up with Julio after a long day to head out to paint the town caesar red together. We’ve got some of our favourite Caesar recipes for you using a mix of choice, Walter All-Natural Craft Caesar Mix. Come and see what we will be sipping around the city tonight as we cheers with Canadians from coast to coast!

“Falling each year on the Thursday before the May 2-4 long weekend, this year more than 200 bars and restaurants across the country will celebrate with special Caesar menus, discounts and more.  And for the first time ever, at 8pm ET, Canadians in all 10 provinces will simultaneously toast Canada’s Cocktail and make history during the country’s largest Coast-to-Coast Toast!”

Here are a few recipes that you can make at home or sip on today and all year round. After all, is there anything more Canadian than a delicious Caesar? No. The answer is no. 

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The Lockhart, cozily situated at Dundas and Dufferin offers creative cocktails and tapas dishes, all with a Harry Potter twist. Their magical Caesar uses Wyborowa vodka, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce and a shot of Dementor’s Kiss (!). Muggles love it!

Ingredients:

  • Walter Craft Caesar Mix
  • 1.5 oz. Wyborowa vodka
  • 0.5 oz. lemon juice
  • 8 dashes Worcestershire sauce
  • A sprinkle of black pepper
  • Sriracha hot sauce
  • 0.25 oz. Dementor’s Kiss

Rim:

  • Housemade rim spice

Garnish:

  • Alternating pickles and green olives

Method:

  • Rim a mason jar with lemon and dip into spice mix.
  • Add remaining lemon wedge and juice into the glass.
  • Add 7-8 dashes Worcestershire and desired amount of Sriracha hot sauce.
  • Add vodka, Dementors Kiss (if requested), and a sprinkle of black pepper.
  • Fill with ice to the rim and pour Walter Craft Caesar Mix to fill glass.
  • Garnish with skewer of alternating pickles and green olives.

 Brooklyn Tavern Caesar 2

Cute Leslieville spot Brooklyn Tavern offers a 100 Mile Caesar: Southwestern Ontario’s pride and joy Dillon’s Gin with in-season regional garnishes. A true local procurement.

Ingredients:

  • Walter Craft Caesar Mix
  • 1oz. Dillon’s Vodka or Gin
  • 3 dashes housemade habanero hot sauce
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Horseradish
  • Lemon wedge cut in half
  • Rim:
  • Housemade rim spice

Garnish:

  • Watermelon radish slice
  • Green olive

Method:

  • Rim half the top of the glass with lemon and dip into spice mix. This allows guests a
  • choice of which side to drink from. Drop lemon wedge halves into bottom of glass. Add
  • 3 dashes Worcestershire and half an espresso spoon each of habanero sauce and
  • horseradish. Muddle these ingredients in bottom of glass to open up flavours. Add
  • choice Dillon’s spirit and fill half the glass with Walter Craft Caesar Mix. Stir to combine
  • ingredients, and then add ice so as not to dilute before serving. Top with more Walter
  • Craft Caesar Mix and stir. Garnish with a thinly sliced watermelon radish wrapped
  • around a green olive.

Fat Joe Upgrade Caesar

Kanpai Snack Bar dives head first into their Caesar program. Chang Kai’s Caesar has a full (head on) prawn, lots of hot sauce, and a house made schichimi togarashi rim. You can even add a piece of fried chicken on the rim if you’re feeling crazy.

Ingredients

  • Walter Craft Caesar Mix
  • 1 teaspoon Sambal Chili Sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Shoyu or Tamari
  • 3-4 drops of Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon of lime juice
  • 1 ounce of choice spirit (choose from Izumi Sake, Tromba Silver Tequila, Dillon’s Gin or Absolut Vodka)

Rim:

Japanese Shichi-mi Togarashi (house-made 7 flavour chili pepper)

Garnish:

  • Lime
  • Lemon
  • Cucumber
  • Bird’s Eye Chili
  • Drunken Prawn (head and tail fully on).
  • Feeling adventurous? Upgrade to the “Fat Joe” which doubles your alcohol and adds a full piece of acclaimed Taiwanese fried chicken to the garnish.

Method:

  • Moisten rim of glass with lime juice.
  • Rim with Japanese Shichi-mi Togarashi (7 flavour chili pepper) and add lots of ice to the glass.
  • Mix in the Sambal Chili Sauce, Shoyu or Tamari, Worcestershire Sauce, lime juice and choice spirit.
  • Fill to rim with Walter Craft Caesar Mix. Stir slightly. Add desired garnish.
Join in the social media conversation today and all year round with Walter , make sure to follow @WalterCaesar on Twitter and Instagram. Use the #NationalCaesarDay and I hope we get to see you out tonight!
 
For more behind the scenes of this and other amazing brands we are working with around the world, make sure to follow along with the #DoTheDaniel Instagram account. We would love to have you come along on our daily adventures with us!
 
Photos: Walter All-Natural Craft Caesar Mix & Daniel Reyes
 
Please remember to enjoy responsibly and never drink and drive
 
Cheers!
 
Daniel Reyes
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