Sunday, 5 May 2013

Cinco de Mayo Caesars

In summer 2012, we rented a cottage in Mont Tremblant where 14 of our dearest friends gathered together for a week's vacation. It was one of the most fun vacations I have ever had. Besides inside jokes and memories to last a lifetime, that week brought us one important thing: Caesar Sundays. Since the first Sunday of that vacation, not every Sunday evening, but many, have been spent sipping Caesars with some of our closest friends.

For this Cinco de Mayo, I thought I would take a crack at making my own mix to make some extra special Caesars featuring tequila instead of vodka. Why? Because what is a Mexican holiday without tequila?

Cinco de Mayo Caesars


Homemade Caesar Mix

1 1/2 cups crushed tomatoes
3/4 cups water
1/4 cup red bell pepper, diced
1/2 large carrot, diced
2 cloves of garlic
Juice of 1 lime
Juice of 1 lemon
1 teaspoon dijon mustard
1 teaspoon sriracha (more can be added later when mixing the drink)
1 teaspoon Mott's clamato rimmer (if you do not have this replace with 1 celery salt)
1 handful parsley
1 handful basil

Add all of the ingredients into a blender. Blend the mixture until very smooth with no visible or distinct pieces left over. Strain the mixture using a fine sieve to remove any extra pulp. Transfer to a container, like a mason jar, store in the fridge until ready to use. I do not recommend making this too far in advance. It would be best to use in the same day.

Mixing the drink

1 low ball glass
Mott's clamato rimmer (again, this can be replaced with celery salt)
Garnish (traditionally a celery stalk, but I used a lime slice, a pickle and a red pepper stick)
Ice cubes
Homemade caesar mix
Worcestershire sauce
Hot sauce

First, take a wedge of lime and run it around the rim of the glass. Tip the glass over, into the rimmer mixture or celery salt, making sure to coat the edge of the glass well. 

Add the ice to the glass, along with 1 oz of tequila, 2 dashes of Worcestershire sauce, extra hot sauce to taste, and top the glass up with the homemade caesar mix. Mix well with a spoon. Garnish and serve with a straw.


-Tina (Turnip)

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