A Souped-Up Caesar, Eh?

Cheese curds, peameal bacon — this epic cocktail has as many famed Canadian foods as we could fit in a glass.

Cheese curds, peameal bacon — this epic cocktail has as many famed Canadian foods as we could fit in a glass

(Photography by Betty Binon)

We applaud all cocktails adornments, olive, umbrella or other, and Caesars are known for their epic accoutrements. Still, we not-so-humbly suggest that this is the best one yet. Already a very Canadian cocktail, this Caesar works and eye-boggling array of other favourite and famed Canadian fare: peameal bacon, poutine-esque fries ‘n’ curds, lobster and much more. Garnish ‘til you can garnish no more!

A Souped-up Caesar Eh?

*To make the maple whiskey-glazed salmon below: Combine 2 tablespoons of maple syrup, 1 tablespoon of whisky, 1 teaspoon of grainy mustard and ½ teaspoon of brown sugar in small saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium and cook for 2 to 3 minutes or until thickened and syrupy. Then season a 2-3 ounce salmon filet with salt and pepper, and either grill, broil, bake or pan-fry the filet, brushing it with the glaze in the last few minutes of cooking.



  • 1 tsp Montreal steak spice seasoning
  • 1 lime wedge
  • Ice, as needed
  • 1 oz vodka (or use 1 ½ oz if desired)
  • 4 oz Clamato juice
  • ¼ tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 4-5 drops Tabasco hot sauce
  • Pinch of flaked sea salt
  • Pinch of freshly ground pepper


  • 1 Montreal-style everything bagel, cut into half crosswise
  • ½ slice cooked peameal bacon
  • 3 cubes Oka cheese
  • 8 cooked French fries
  • 4 cheese curds
  • 1 cooked lobster claw
  • 1 small fillet maple whisky-glazed salmon (about 2 to 3 oz)*
  • 1 rib celery
  • 3-6 cherry tomatoes
  • 3 queen green olives
  • 3 gherkin pickles
  • 2 pickled cocktail onions
  • 1 lime wedge
  • 1 lemon slice
  • Ketchup chips, for serving



Place the steak spice in a small dish. Rub the rim of a highball glass with the lime wedge and then dip it in the seasoning; reserve the lime wedge.

Fill the glass with ice. Add the vodka, Clamato juice, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, salt and pepper. Squeeze the lime wedge over top and stir. 


Thread — onto its own skewer each — the bagel, peameal bacon, Oka, salmon, cherry tomatoes and olives. Thread together the fries and cheese curds onto a skewer. Thread together the gherkins and cocktail onions onto a skewer.

Garnish the cocktail with the lobster claw, all of the skewers, the celery, lemon and lime. Serve with ketchup chips.

Yield: Makes 1 cocktail


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