Ever since I can remember I've heard the comment that there is "no difference" between Canadians and Americans. I respectfully beg to differ as there is a difference on so many levels! We have unique Canadian culture consisting of Canadianisms, a Canadian perspective on world events, Canadian cuisine as well as products and foods only available in Canada. This blog is dedicated to celebrating all things Canadian from "my perspective" as a Canadian. Please enjoy your visit and be sure to visit often.

Garden Gnome
Americans should never underestimate the constant pressure on Canada which the mere presence of the United States has produced. We're different people from you and we're different people because of you. Living next to you is in some ways like sleeping with an elephant. No matter how friendly and even-tempered is the beast, if I can call it that, one is effected by every twitch and grunt. It should not therefore be expected that this kind of nation, this Canada, should project itself as a mirror image of the United States.
- Pierre Trudeau

Friday, September 18, 2009

Canada's National Cocktail

The CaesarCanada's National Cocktail
The Caesar (cocktail)
September 17, 2009

What is Canada's national drink? The immediate answer from anyone who isn't Canadian is beer! Well, yes Canadians like their beer but it is not Canada's national drink. Canada's national cocktail is the Caesar invented by bartender Walter Chell at the Owl's Nest Bar in the Calgary Inn (now Calgary Westin Hotel) in Calgary, Alberta in 1969 for the opening of Marco's restaurant. The original Caesar contained tomato juice and mashed clams. The same year with the help of Chell, the Mott's company began producing Clamato (a blend of tomato juice and clam broth). The Caesar is a cocktail containing vodka, Clamato , Worcestershire sauce and Tabasco sauce served on the rocks in a celery salt-rimmed highball glass. The cocktail is typically garnished with a stalk of celery and wedge of lime. It is often garnished with a dill pickle wedge and stuffed green olives in addition to the stalk of celery. A Virgin Caesar is the cocktail without vodka. Although Mott's printed the Caesar recipe on bottles of the Clamato juice sold in the United States during the early 2000's the cocktail remains relatively unknown there. In 2002 Mott's began marketing pre-mixed Caesars in 12-ounce bottles.


  1. I winter in Florida, and when I tell my southern friends about this, the typcal response is: "You drink that shit?"

  2. I learned something new today! Do I win a brewski?