HAPPY LONG WEEKEND!
What better way to celebrate the last long weekend of summer that with Canada’s Official Cocktail?
I can just see you now – setting off on a long weekend get-away, piling into a car and heading to cottage country with friends and family, waiting in a half hour line at Weber’s to get their famous burgers (ahem, milkshakes), and cracking open a few cocktails while enjoying the starry night.
For you non-Ontarian’s, Weber’s is a famous burger joint right off the highway on the drive to cottage country. There is always a MASSIVE line for their triple patty cheeseburgers on the softest buns, rich chocolate milkshakes, and addicting fries sprinkled in a secret spice. Let’s just say, if it’s not on the way to your cottage, you’ll be making a detour.
This was me a few weekends ago, heading North with a friend visiting from NYC. While we didn’t mind sitting in a bit of traffic as we caught up and I masterfully DJ’d some tunes, we had a few hours to discuss the menu for the weekend, and more importantly – the cocktail menu.
Our list included Radlers, a new apple beer (ew nasty), a favourite red wine, classic lime margaritas, and last but not least – SPICY CAESARS.
You American’s might disagree, but our version of a Bloody Mary is spicier, thinner, more acidic, and most importantly – comes with accompaniments. We’d don’t skimp out – I’ve tried Lobster tails, mini burgers, and bacon slices on top of a Caesar. Although delicious, my favourite is Extreme Beans – pickled and spicy green beans. I have a few friends who are known to have eaten the entire jar before we even got to making the Caesars.
While Caesars are enjoyed in the afternoons while lounging beside the lake; the green beans, celery, and cherry tomatoes make a perfect afternoon snack. In my opinion, there is no better drink than a Caesar in the morning to make you feel better after a rough night. Make sure you have these ingredients packed to ensure happy guests!
Yield: 4 drinks
- 2 C Clamato juice, chilled
- 3/4 C vodka
- 8 dashes of Tabasco sauce
- 4 dashes of Worcestershire sauce.
- 1 lime, cut into wedges
- Rimmer: equal parts of celery salt, cayenne, black pepper, and salt (or a container of Mott’s Clamato Rimmer)
- 1 jar of Extreme Beans
- 4 celery stalks, chopped in half lengthwise.
- 8 cherry tomatoes
- Mix all liquid ingredients together in a large jug. Taste and adjust the spice to your liking.
- Pour the rimmer onto a wide plate.
- Rub a lime wedge along the rim of a large glass to coat in liquid. Turn the glass upside down, and dip into the plate of rimmer. Twist until thoroughly coated.
- Fill the glass with ice.
- Pour the liquid equally among the glasses. Squeeze the remaining lime slices into the glasses.
- Garnish each glass with a few green beans, a celery stalk, cherry tomatoes on a toothpick, and a grind of fresh black pepper.