Charcuterie Gin Caesar

Happy May long weekend everyone! How fitting is it that the Thursday before May long is National Caesar Day in Canada.

As Canada’s unofficial, official drink, the Caesar is a tried and true summer classic. With so many variations, my girlfriend Holly, of Chandeliers and Champagne, and I decided to try our hand at making our own go-to Caesar as the next drink in our summer cocktail series.

A key ingredient in Caesar’s is clamato juice. To all my American friends, you have to try a Caesar, a Bloody Mary is just not the same, trust me on this one.

Unsurprisingly, we had to make our garnish over-the-top; but what can I say, we’re a fan of flair. We’re also a fan of charcuterie. Hence the smorgasbord of delicious treats we topped our drink with. Now, let’s get mixing!

Charcuterie Gin Caesar

Yields 1 cocktail

You’ll need:

  • 1.5 ounces gin 
  • Mott’s Clamato, to fill 
  • 4 dashes Worcestershire sauce 
  • 4 dashes hot sauce (our preference: TABASCO) 
  • 1 tbsp pickle juice
  • Salt, to season
  • Pepper, to season
  • Ice 

Rimmer: 

  • Celery salt or Caesar rim spice 
  • Lime

Garnish: 

  • At a bare minimum, you’ll want celery, however if you ask me, there’s nothing more depressing than a Caesar garnished with only celery
  • We also added: a pepperoni stick, pickled bean, salami, pickled asparagus, sharp cheddar, pickled carrot and a pickle spear

Directions:

  • Rim a pint glass with citrus and celery salt. Fill glass with ice and add 1.5 ounces of gin.
  • Top with Mott’s Clamato. Add four dashes of tabasco, four dashes of Worcestershire, two shakes each of salt and pepper, and a tablespoon of pickle juice.
  • Stir well and garnish. Enjoy this great Canadian classic, Fingers crossed you can enjoy it on a sunny day at lake, but we are Canadian, and it is May, so chances are it might snow! 

Hope everyone has a great long weekend. Be sure tag us if you recreate our drink using the hashtag #yegsummercocktail.

Check back soon, as Holly and I will be concocting fun cocktails all summer long!

Cheers, Alex and Holly 

My top 10 books for toddlers

A love of reading is something that I really want to instill in my children. I loved to read growing up, and it’s something I love to do with the boys now.

There are so many great books out there but here are 10 that we’re always reaching for:

1. The Velveteen Rabbit. We’ve got both the toddler board book version and the beautiful 1922 facsimile version of this book. I’ve always loved this story of a toy bunny loved so much he becomes real.

2. The Very Cranky Bear. This is such a cute book with great illustrations about a cranky bear and a simple gesture from a thoughtful friend.

3. Little Blue Truck. A fun book full of farm animal sounds and a lesson about the value of friendship and treating others well.

4. The Gruffalo. This is one of Colton’s favourite books right now; pretty sure I can almost recite it from memory. It’s a rhyming story about a quick-witted mouse and hungry monster. Quick tip for anyone with Amazon Prime, they have a short Gruffalo movie on there, not great quality in my opinion, but Colton loves it!

5. Where the Wild Things Are. This is a classic and beautifully illustrated. Colton dressed up as Max from this book for Halloween two years ago and I almost died he looked so cute!

6. Garbage Delight. I love everything written by Dennis Lee, who’s been dubbed Canada’s Father Goose. They’re all fun books, Alligator Pie is on high rotation in our house too.

7. The Kissing Hand. This is a really cute book, especially if you have a little one starting preschool or kindergarten soon. It’s about a mama’s kiss always staying with you, and in your heart.

8. The Three Little Pigs. This is another favourite of Colton’s. He loves to tell this story to his friends, and he’s so animated while he does it!

9. Sheep in a Jeep. A fun little book full of repetition and rhyming, and I’ve never met a toddler who doesn’t like repetition.

10. Finding Winnie. I love this book, it’s Canadian and the true story about the bear who inspired Winnie-the-Pooh. This is a book I love to give as a gift.

What are your favourite books for toddlers? I’m always on the lookout for a new one! I’ll be doing a post about my favourite books for babies too, so stay tuned for that.