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.
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