A Twist on Tradition: Crafting the Perfect Caesar Rimmer Recipe

Nov 27, 2023 | Recipes

“Let’s get cooking!” Today, we’re taking a delightful detour from our usual fare to celebrate a Canadian classic – the Caesar cocktail. Similar to a Bloody Mary but with a unique twist, the Caesar is a beloved beverage across Canada, known for its rich and savoury flavour profile. The secret to an outstanding Caesar often lies in the rimmer – that delightful blend of spices that coats the rim of your glass, tantalizing your taste buds even before the first sip. Let’s dive into the world of Caesar rimmers and craft a recipe that will elevate your cocktail experience.

The Caesar: Canada’s Cherished Cocktail

The Caesar, a cocktail as Canadian as maple syrup and hockey, was invented in 1969 by Walter Chell in Calgary, Alberta. Its distinctive flavour comes from Clamato juice – a blend of clam and tomato juices – seasoned with hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and other spices. The rimmer, a critical element, provides an extra layer of taste and texture.

Crafting Your Caesar Rimmer

Caesar Rimmer Recipe

Crafting Your Caesar Rimmer

A great Caesar rimmer is more than just salt – it's a mix of savoury, spicy, and tangy elements that complement the drink. Our recipe is a symphony of flavors designed to make your Caesar truly memorable.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Canadian
Keyword: caesar rimmer


  • 2 tbsp fine sea salt
  • 1 tbsp celery salt
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper adjust to taste
  • 1/2 tsp dried dill or dried parsley


  • Combine the Ingredients: In a shallow bowl, mix together sea salt, celery salt, smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, cayenne pepper, and dried dill or parsley. Stir well to ensure an even blend.
  • Prepare Your Glass: To rim your glass, first wet the edge with a lemon or lime wedge, then dip it into the spice mixture. Make sure the rim is evenly coated.
  • Assemble Your Caesar: Fill your rimmed glass with ice, add your choice of vodka (optional), pour in Clamato juice, and add dashes of hot sauce and Worcestershire sauce to taste. Stir well.
  • Garnish Galore: The Caesar is famous for its creative garnishes. Go traditional with a celery stalk and lime wedge, or get inventive with pickled vegetables, crispy bacon, or even a shrimp!
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The Art of the Perfect Caesar

Creating the perfect Caesar is about balance. The key is to complement the drink’s savoury depth without overpowering it. Our rimmer recipe achieves this with its blend of smoky, spicy, and herby notes. If you want to rim your glasses like the pros, pick up one of these glass rimmers. Ordering from that link helps to support the site.

Tips for a Standout Caesar:

  • Experiment with Spices: Feel free to adjust the spice levels to suit your taste. Love heat? Add more cayenne pepper. Adore garlic? Throw in an extra pinch.
  • Quality Ingredients: Use fresh, high-quality spices for the best flavour. Freshly ground pepper and high-grade sea salt can make a significant difference.
  • Creative Garnishes: The Caesar is as much about the presentation as it is about the taste. Don’t be afraid to get creative with your garnishes.
  • Chill Your Glass: For an extra refreshing drink, chill your glass before rimming and assembling your Caesar.

A Celebration in Every Sip

The Caesar is more than just a cocktail; it’s a celebration of flavours and textures. Whether you’re hosting a brunch, enjoying a lazy Sunday afternoon, or just looking for a special drink, this Caesar Rimmer recipe will surely add a zesty twist to your beverage. So, gather your ingredients, ready your glasses, and prepare to indulge in a Canadian classic that’s sure to impress.

“Deliciously yours!” Here’s to crafting the perfect Caesar, a drink that’s not just a cocktail but an experience. Cheers!

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  1. Bill

    4 stars

    I add a touch of seafood sauce to my Caesars. what a great taste!

4.75 from 4 votes (3 ratings without comment)

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