Just a simple perfect recipe for the true cocktail of brunch: The Classic Caesar

Yeah, mimosas are fine. We guess.

Yeah, mimosas are fine. We guess.

(Photography by Betty Binon)

A Bloody Mary is fine in a pinch, and anyone can top a glass of OJ with sparkling wine, but offering your guests a Caesar is just a step above those other brunch sippers. If you’ve never made one before, you’ll see there’s nothing to shy away from any longer. If you love them, make them, and are just in need of a go-to recipe to get the balance of flavours just right, look no further. 

Classic Caesar


  • 1 tsp celery salt
  • 1 small 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 rib celery
  • 1 lime wheel


Place the celery salt in a small dish. Rub the rim of a highball glass with the lime wedge. Dip the rim in the celery salt; 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. Garnish with the celery and the lime wheel. 

Yield: Makes 1 cocktail


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