July 1: Canada Day

CanadaIf you hear any celebrating coming from north of the 49th parallel today, it’s probably because it’s Canada Day!

The occasion is often described as “Canada’s Birthday,” but it actually marks the anniversary of the enactment of the British North America Act, 1867 on July 1, 1867. This act united the colonies of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and the Province of Canada into the country of Canada. For the record, that didn’t give Canada full independence from the British Empire, as the Parliament of the United Kingdom still had some power over the country until 1982. In fact, even though Canada is an independent nation now, England’s Queen Elizabeth II remains their (ceremonial) head of state.

Now, for this great day we have to drink a Canadian original, so may I present to you the Caesar. Created in 1969 by Walter Chell, the then manager of the Calgary Inn hotel, the Caeasar is incredibly popular in Canada. In fact in 2009 Caesar festivals were held around Canada to mark the drink’s 40th anniversary, and a petition was floated around to make the Caesar the official mixed drink of Canada. Despite this, the drink is largely unknown outside of its native land. Some have speculated that the American distate for Clamato (clam-tomato juice) has kept this drink from becoming popular south of the Canadian border. So, if you want a new twist on the Bloody Mary (and don’t mind clam juice) give this drink a taste this Canada Day.


  • 6 ounces Clamato
  • 1 1/2 ounces Vodka
  • 2 dashes hot sauce
  • 4 dashes Worcestershire sauce
  • Dash of pepper

Rim a highball glass with lime juice and celery salt. Pour the ingredients in this glass over ice. Stir and garnish with a lime wedge and celery stalk.

Tomorrow: An unsolved disappearance.


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