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Cocktails: The Difference Between a Bloody Caesar and a Bloody Mary

The Bloody Caesar is one of the most popular cocktails in Canada, and it’s a cousin of the Bloody Mary with one important twist; it’s part aphrodisiac.

Unlike the Bloody Mary which you can easily order at any bar around the world, the Bloody Caesar can generally be enjoyed at any Canadian bar or nightclub.

It’s estimated that Canadians consume about 350 million Caesars every year. That’s ten Caesars for each person, every year! With 2/3 of the year being hibernation-inducing-level-of-frigid,

The Origins of the Bloody Caesar

Before we discuss the difference between the two bloody drinks, let’s first talk about the origins of the less known but equally delicious drink of the two: the Bloody Caesar.

The drink was first formulated in Calgary in 1969 when Walter Chell, who at the time was Alberta-based Owl’s Nest Bar manager in charge, wanted to create a unique cocktail recipe that would represent their new Italian restaurant in a contest.

Chell drew inspiration from the classic Italian pasta dish spaghetti alle vongole in rosso which is spaghetti with tomato sauce and clams. Ever since then, the liquid version of the delicious pasta which was called Bloody Caesar has become the national drink of Canada.

The Main Difference Between a Bloody Mary and a Bloody Caesar

The main difference between the Bloody Mary cocktail and the Bloody Caesar cocktail is the type of juice used. A classic Bloody Mary uses tomato juice while a Bloody Caesar uses clamato juice which is tomato juice with zinc-rich, boner-making clam juice. Was that a pun?

Contrary to what your taste buds might think, clam juice doesn’t make the drink taste fishy or nasty. It’s got the fluidity of coconut water, and it adds some salty kick.

If anything, it makes the Bloody Caesar more refreshing –a contrast to the traditional Bloody Mary mix which often have a slightly thicker consistency.

How to Make a Bloody Caesar

To begin making your very own Bloody Caesar, you will first need clamato which can be harder to find in the United States, so we recommend Amazon.

Next, you will need Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco sauce, and a variety of spices which will further enhance the taste and flavor of the drink. To top it off, is the traditional vodka.

Other Bloody Caesar variations use tequila, gin, rye whisky, rum, or beer. You can change it however you want depending on when and where you’re drinking it. The most important element of the Bloody Caesar is the aphrodisiac-filled clam juice which induces a rich umami flavor.

To start, here’s a quick recipe for making your very own Bloody Caesar.

Classic Bloody Caesar Recipe




Celery salt

1 oz vodka

4 oz Mott’s Clamato Cocktail

4 dashes of Worcestershire sauce

2 dashes of Tabasco sauce


Celery stalk

Lime wedge

1. Coat the rim of a tall glass with citrus and rimmer.

2. Fill the glass with ice and set aside.

3. Add the remaining ingredients to a mixing glass and mix.

4. Strain the mixture into the tall glass and add celery stalk as garnish.

So what do you think? Tell us what you think in the comments!

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