National Caesar Day

National Caesar Day Quick Facts

2021 DateMay 20, 2021
2022 DateMay 19, 2022
National Caesar Day

National Caesar Day History

National Caesar Day seeks to celebrate the official cocktail drink of Canada, the Caesar. The Caesar is traditionally made with vodka, clamato juice (a brand of sweetened tomato juice concentrate), Worcestershire sauce, and hot sauce. It typically comes in a salt-rimmed glass garnished with lemon or lime and a stick of celery. The creation of the Caesar is attributed to barkeep Walter Chell. Chell is believed to have invented the drink in 1969 at the Calgary inn.

National Caesar Day was established in 2009 by the mayor of Calgary, David Bronconnier. It is observed annually on the Thursday before the May long weekend.

National Caesar Day Facts

  • According to the Canadian Encyclopedia, Canadians drink more than 400 million Caesars a year.
  • According to the Canadian Encyclopedia, the creator of the Caesar Walter Chell drew his inspiration from a pasta dish called spaghetti alle vongole. Using mashed clams, Chell created a clam mixture and then mixed it with tomato juice and spices. The final ingredients included vodka, tomato juice, clam nectar, Worcestershire sauce and celery salt. One final ingredient that Chell claimed was the secret ingredient was oregano.
  • According to the Canadian Encyclopedia, in 2019 Saskatchewan’s Last Mountain Distillery received the Guinness World Record for the largest Bloody Mary or Caesar cocktail. They mixed a 750 L Caesar cocktail using 300 bottles of Mott's Clamato, 20 bottles of lime juice, and 18 bottles of Worcestershire sauce.

National Caesar Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • Make your own Caesar cocktail. Here is a traditional recipe that you can use.
  • Enjoy the Best Caesar in Town competition hosted by Mott's Clamato. This annual event pits bartenders from each province against one another. They must each craft their own version of a Caesar and the best tasting one wins. One bartender from each province is declared the winner. The event is typically hosted in Toronto.
  • Visit the Victor restaurant in Parq, Vancouver. They offer a build-your-own Caesar bar which is a great way to enjoy a Caesar cocktail just the way you want.

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