The botanical flavours of gin can add pleasant layers of complexity to your Caesar. Opt for a citrus-forward gin like Romeo’s or Tanqueray to bring a zesty, refreshing element to your drink. Take a cue from the Red Snapper, a cocktail cousin of the Caesar, and add a little lemon juice to further enhance the citrus notes.
Use beer to play with a Caesar’s similarity to a Michelada, a Mexican drink made with lime, hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce and, often, tomato juice. A pilsner or lager, such as Mexican Corona Extra, works best. You’ll want to use about twice as much beer as you would a spirit base like vodka.
Tequila is a good option if you like your Caesar to have big, bold flavour. Try a blanco tequila like Espolòn Tequila Blanco. It intensifi es the Caesar’s spicy, vegetal notes with its complementary flavours, while also adding a smoky depth to your cocktail.
A Mexican seasoning made with chili powder, salt and dehydrated lime
Celery salt mixed with freshly ground black pepper
Montreal steak spice
A blend that usually includes garlic, coriander, black pepper, cayenne pepper flakes, dill seed and salt
There’s something magical about pairing the salty flavours of pickled veggies with a Caesar’s rich clam-tomato base. Try finishing your drink with pickled onions, green beans, asparagus, peppers or anything else that will add that briny kick.
Shrimp cocktail is a popular appetizer for good reason. The same combination of freshness and acidity that makes shrimp go beautifully with a tomato-based cocktail sauce also makes jumbo prawns a natural match for the clam-tomato juice in a Caesar.
Pair the beloved brunch cocktail with foods you might find on your morning plate, such as bacon—peameal, candied or crispy strips all work well—or play up the breakfast theme further by adding a boiled egg skewer.