Bloody good caesars in Edmonton

There are those who like their caesars straight up and those imbibers who prefer a little flair with their clamato and vodka. From strips of bacon to pickled asparagus, there's nothing quite like a cocktail that doubles as a tasty snack. In honour of National Caesar Day on May 19, we rounded up the city's top caesars, ranging from classic to creative, to sip on.

Tavern on Whyte

1
10507 82 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 2A3

Served in a large mason jar with every garnish imaginable (think olives, pickled onion, celery stick, lime, lemon and even a grilled cheese sandwich - no kidding!), the Tavern’s XXXL Caesar is a meal in of itself. Enjoy the Whyte Avenue scenery while you sip on this monster of a cocktail.

Ampersand 27

2
10612 82 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 2A7

This hyper-local restaurant honours their commitment to their neighbourhood with the Old Strathcona caesar. With smoked salt on the rim, and vodka, Clamato, horseradish and spicy pickled bean, this is one caesar that will leave an impression on your taste buds long after you finish it.

Chop Steakhouse & Bar

3
10111 Ellerslie Rd SW, Edmonton, AB T6X 0J3

What sets their caesar apart from the rest is their house-made hot sauce – it’s like no other. And, of course, the pickled red pepper is a nice addition. On Wednesdays, the Chop caesar is on special for only $5.79.

MKT Fresh Food | Beer Market

4
8101 Gateway Blvd NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 3X8

The MKT caesar mixes your choice of vodka or gin, Clamato juice and HP Steak Sauce, Worcestershire sauce and tobasco (of course), with a traditional celery salt rim. The twist? Add Belgium Fat Tire to make a “baesar.”

Local Public Eatery

5
1820 99 St NW, Edmonton, AB T6N 1M5

#ElCaesar. It even has its own hashtag. According to Local, it’s “the wild west in a glass.” Vodka, Clamato juice, very special (read: spicy) Mexican hot sauce and a pepperoni stick, in case you get hungry drinking this monster. Plus, it comes in a boot glass, for an added touch of fun. And, the caesars are on special on Sundays.

Mikado

6
10350 109 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5J 4X9

They serve a signature caesar with a twist - a sake twist, that is. The sake caesar is made with sake and soy sauce, topped with Japanese pickles, and the glass is rimmed with shichimi spices. Or, you can order a classic caesar here, too, without shame.

Mercer Tavern

7
100-10363 104 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5J 1B9

The Mercer caesar features Absolut vodka and house made clamato mix, plus bocconcini, pickled onion and a pickle. It's all surrounded by a rim spice made in-house, for a nice kick.

Yokozuna Japanese Restaurant

8
4121 106 St NW, Edmonton, AB T6J 2S3

This Japanese restaurant knows how to make a great caesar with a twist. Their interpretation involves smoked salmon vodka, Clamato and katsu sauce, in a glass rimmed with shichimi salt (a Japanese spice mixture)and garnished with a smoked salmon cream cheese ball.

O'Byrne's Irish Pub

9
10616 82 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 2A7

They prepare a house specialty called the beesar: a traditional Smirnoff caesar topped with a domestic beer of your choice for a truly interesting drink. Or, opt for the Hendricks Gin caesar, finished with a spicy bean.

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