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News - Miscellaneous - 9 May 2020

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Miscellaneous: 9 May 2020
NATIONAL CAESAR DAY - May 14th

Credit: nationalcalendarday.com

Comrades and friends,

Please forgive me for what you may see as promotion of alcohol. I would never do that.

However, I do want to remind everyone that May 14th is National Caesar Day.

Ordinarily, many of us would be at the Branch, enjoying a cool glass of this National treasure.

Simply as a public service, I present a little Caesar history, as well as a standard Caesar recipé for reference purposes. (With files from Wikipaedia)

The Caesar was invented in 1969 by restaurant manager Walter Chell of the Calgary Inn (today the Westin Hotel) in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He devised the cocktail after being tasked to create a signature drink for the Calgary Inn's new Italian restaurant. He mixed vodka with clam and tomato juice, Worcestershire sauce, and other spices, creating a drink similar to a Bloody Mary but with a uniquely spicy flavour.

Chell said his inspiration came from Italy. He recalled that in Venice, they served Spaghetti alle vongole, spaghetti with tomato sauce and clams. He reasoned that the mixture of clams and tomato sauce would make a good drink, and mashed clams to form a "nectar" that he mixed with other ingredients.

According to Chell's granddaughter, his Italian ancestry led him to call the drink a "Caesar". The longer name of "Bloody Caesar" is said to differentiate the drink from the Bloody Mary, but Chell said it was a regular patron at the bar who served as the inspiration. During the three months he spent working to perfect the drink, he had customers sample it and offer feedback. One regular customer, an Englishman, who often ordered the drink said one day "Walter, that's a damn good bloody Caesar".

Here's what you'll need

Commonly used ingredients
  • 6 oz. Clamato Juice
  • 1–1½ oz. vodka
  • 2 dashes hot sauce
  • 4 dashes Worcestershire sauce
  • Celery salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • Lime wedge
  • 1 crisp celery stalk
Preparation Rim glass with celery salt, and a lime wedge.

Remember, this drink tastes just as good without the vodka, so the choice is yours.

Always drink responsibly. Never drink and drive.


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