The Caesar: Dinner in a Glass
Embarking on a flavorful journey through Canadian mixology, we uncover the storied past and vibrant present of one of the nation's most cherished concoctions—the Caesar cocktail. Revered not just as a beverage but as a cultural emblem, the Caesar is a testament to Canada's creative spirit and love for hearty, convivial gatherings. As we delve into the history of this beloved drink, its adaptable spirit variations, and its delectable pairings, we invite you to raise a glass to the Caesar, a true North American classic that has captured the hearts and palates of Canadians coast to coast.
The Caesar cocktail was invented in 1969 by Walter Chell in Calgary, Alberta. Chell created this iconic beverage to celebrate the opening of a new Italian restaurant at the Calgary Inn, now known as the Westin Hotel. The inspiration for the drink came from the classic Italian dish, spaghetti alle vongole, which is pasta with clams and tomato sauce. Chell wanted the drink to capture the essence of this dish, so he spent about three months perfecting the recipe. The drink quickly became a national cultural icon in Canada, with more than 400 million Caesars consumed annually across the country. Despite its immense popularity in Canada, the Caesar has not reached a similar level of fame internationally.