Wednesday, June 30, 2010

The Coast to Coast Caesar Toast!

Canada Day is almost here and our friends at Mott's Clamato invited us to a Coast-to-Coast Caesar Toast to celebrate!  The Caesar is a uniquely Canadian cocktail invented in Calgary in 1969 and inspired by the flavours of Spaghetti Vongole.  A classic Caesar combines Clamato juice, vodka, Worcestershire sauce, a dash of hot sauce, fresh celery, lime and rimmer.  Lucky us, we were invited to a Caesar tasting to try a whole slew of new recipes!  The Caesar Shooter (left) contained an oyster and vodka soaked horseradish...

Hosted at Starfish Oyster Bed & Grill in Downtown Toronto, us Caesar tasters were treated to some tasty Caesar complimenting foods including fresh oysters, smoked haddock fish cakes, smoked salmon, coleslaw and frites.  If you ever get a hankering for some great seafood in a relaxed and casual atmosphere, then Starfish Oyster Bed & Grill is the place to check out.
Len Fragomeni, head of the Toronto Institute of Bartending took us to Caesar School and mixed up a menu of seven new Caesars each with a salute to something uniquely Canadian.  One thing I learned, Caesars go way beyond Vodka!  The newest recipes used white rum, whisky, tequila, gin and even white wine.  The use of fresh ingredients to infuse the cocktail was also key.  My absolute favourite was The Bay Street Bracer (recipe below) made with muddled cucumber sticks and vodka.  It's light and refreshing for summer, but still savoury like what you would expect from a Caesar.
The delicious spread from Starfish Oyster Bed & Grill

Owner of Starfish & Ceili Cottage - Patrick McMurray
Len with Cocktail Deeva, Dee Brun - Leader of Canada's National Cocktail Party!  Dee is a super fun gal with lots of personality and whipped up her recipe, 'The Deeva Ceasa'.  Served with style in a martini glass and made with cocktail olives and orange bitters.  We have the recipe for you to try below!
The Deeva Ceasa
The Bay Street Bracer

Happy Canada Day from The Hip & Urban Girl's Guide!
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