I clearly remember the night we arrived in Canada thirty-two years ago. The airport was large, crowded and overwhelming yet exciting.
I can imagine what must have been going through my parent’s minds as their new journey was about to unfold. With three little ones in tow, a new language to learn, minimal savings in hand and not a real plan ahead, my parents took a leap of faith for a better future for my siblings and I.
They had told us all about this massive and beautiful land; a land full of blessings, prosperity, peace and hope. I will never forget the first time we stepped outside the airport and I heard the ‘buzz’ of a big city. The expansiveness of the highways and the twinkling lights of the many cars on the road that evening were mesmerising. This was now our home…a home that I now adore oh so much and thank God for each day.
As we prepare to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday, I thought it would be fun to gather some of my Canadian blogger friends and do a little celebrating together by sharing some fun and creative ways to honour this very special Canada Day.
And what better way to celebrate Canada Day, than with a delicious Caesar cocktail. I was reminded by a sweet reader that the difference between a Caesar and a Bloody Mary (as known in the U.S.) is that we use Clamato juice instead of Tomato juice. Clamato juice has a slightly thicker consistency and is flavoured with spices and clam broth. A little different, but equally delicious.
I thought it would be a fun idea to prepare a DIY cocktail bar where you could choose whatever toppings you would like to garnish your drink. Fun, right?
I gathered some lemons and limes, olives…
Cheese, pickled onions, pickles, pepperettes…
And of course, bacon!
You can add as much or as little to your skewer and it serves as a great appetizer at the same time.
And there you go…a build it yourself Caesar (Bloody Mary) cocktail.
Here’s my favourite mixture:
4 oz Clamato (tomato juice)
2 oz Vodka
1 Lemon wedge
1 Lime wedge
2 dashes Tabasco Sauce
2 dashes Worcestershire sauce
1 pinch Celery salt
1 pinch Ground lemon pepper
1 pinch Kosher salt
What are some of your favourite ways to prepare your Caesars?