On May 18, Canadians from coast to coast will celebrate a quintessential Canadian cocktail: the Caesar.
The clam-tomato based cocktail, rimmed with celery salt and garnished with celery — or virtually everything but the kitchen sink — is a national treasure revered for its versatility from hangover nurse to brunch sidekick to happy hour party starter.
The drink lends itself well to being remixed, giving way to some mighty creative concoctions and turning the traditional tipple to over-the-top fancy.
Toronto turns it out pretty great when it comes to Caesars, so to mark the occasion, we asked three local east end spots to show us their spin on the drink.
DUNDAS AND CARLAW
The legendary Sleazer — Sleazy Caesar — at Dundas and Carlaw is a perennial winnner of the city's best-of lists, including a recent 2017 award from BlogTO. Why all the hype? For starters, it includes a double shot of vodka and a boatload of accoutrements including a skewer of giant pickles, beans and a pepperette. But the real magic is in the rim job — a coating of crushed Doritos Cool Ranch that gives the drink its signature zing. To mark the occasion, Dundas and Carlaw is knocking down the price of its Sleazer to $12 (reg $14.50).
1173 Dundas St. E
MAPLE LEAF TAVERN
An experience unto itself, Maple Leaf Tavern's Caesar begins with the bar making its own fresh vegetable clam juice from housemade, cold-pressed vegetable juice and clam stock. The standard addition is eschewed for gin, Bombay Sapphire in particular. The result is light, fresh, fragrant and sweet, with a hint of heat. In honour of National Caesar Day, Maple Leaf Tavern will be offering a free beer chaser with every Caesar.
955 Gerrard St. E
THE PEASANT TABLE
The Peasant Table has two options for Caesar drinkers: You can keep it classic with a celery salt-rimmed drink topped with lemon, lime and olives, or ask for the bacon version — made with bacon-infused vodka and topped with a huge piece of bacon. The Peasant Table is celebrating with $5 caesars and $7 bacon caesars on May 18.
782 Queen St. E