Sunset Cocktail: Bloody Caesar on the Ides of March

1 tsp Celery Salt
1⁄2 tsp fresh-ground Black Pepper
1 1/2 oz Death’s Door Vodka
2 dashes Worcestershire Sauce
2 dashes Tabasco Sauce
4 oz Clamato Juice
1⁄2 Lime, in two wedges

Combine celery salt and pepper in a shallow dish. Wet the edge of a Collins glass and rim in the celery salt-pepper mixture. Fill the rimmed glass with ice, add Vodka, Worcestershire sauce, and Tobasco sauce. Top with Clamato. Gently squeeze the lime wedges into the glass, and garnish with celery and give a quick stir.

Caesar: The ides of March are come.
Soothsayer: Aye, Caesar, but not gone.
—Julius Caesar, Act III, Scene 1

What better way to acknowledge the Ides of March than with a Bloody Caesar. This very Canadian take on a Bloody Mary is often touted as the “Unofficial, Official Cocktail of Canada”.

What distinguishes this from a Bloody Mary is the use of Clam Juice mixed with the Tomato. I’ve never really had a taste for Bloody Mary’s and adding Clam Juice, while making it a little thinner, didn’t really appeal to me any more. It comes out both briny and savory. I just don’t get it but who am I to judge.

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