For instance: the wild trade last year at Trade Deadline that saw Buffalo Sabres trade Zach Kassian to Vancouver in exchange for Cody Hodgson. I know fans on both sides were scratching their heads. It took a while for everything to settle in and now it is starting to make sense. Tonight Zach Kassian will be skating on the 1st line with the Sedin Twins and Cody has already scored 2 goals in two games skating on Buffalo's top line with Thomas Vanek and Jason Pominville.
Or I could talk about the first overall draft pick of 2013 and Edmonton Oiler Rookie Nail Yakupov scoring his first NHL goal last night. It was only his second game! I have posted the video above, for fun.
But no. Today I thought it would be fun to give you guys a recipe for a drink I enjoy during games. It is also a drink my great friend Gina Holden asks me to make her every time we are together. The drink I am talking about is the iconic Caesar. A drink that is as truly Canadian as hockey is.
I know you might be asking yourself "What is a Caesar?" Here are a few fun facts about the Caesar. It is a Canadian staple. The Caesar is on every menu anywhere in the great country of Canada. Rumour has it is was invented in Calgary in the 1960s. Mainly vodka is used but I have seen Caesars made with gin and tequila. The Caesar is a close cousin to the Bloody Mary. Scroll down to see everything you need to make a Caesar.
I didn't take long for Gina's neighbours to begin to join us poolside and inquire about what we were drinking. Gina offered everyone who came down a caesar but there was a catch. We had run out of pool friendly cups in Gina's apartment so if you wanted a drink you had to bring a cup. Nobody argued and I think I mixed up 10-12 caesars in less then an hour. Everyone loved them including the couple from LA who had spent a few years living and working in Vancouver and missed being able to order a caesar, also the born and raised Hollywood kid. He sipped his so slowly because he "didn't want it to end" and the New Yorker Rebecca who asked for another after she finished her first one.
And now for the "Classic Caesar" recipe as I call it. Dedicated to Gina:
Step 1) Always use a glass cold out of the freezer
Step 2) Take a lemon wedge and rim the top of the glass
Step 3) Put the top of the glass in the celery salt rimmer. The lemon juice helps the salt stick to the glass
Step 4) Put in the ice. I like to fill the glass 1/2 way
Step 5) Add 2 shots vodka or if you are in California just eyeball what a good big shot of vodka looks like
Step 6) Add the spice. I overload on the Worcestershire sauce. I good 6-7 swigs I add. For the hot sauce I really like Frank's Red Hot. It has flavour but isn't overpowering. At least 3 swigs of hot sauce if not 4 and if the drinker enjoy extra spice I say add 5 or 6 shots.
Step 7) Pop in a celery stalk garnish. A crisp green celery stalk looks great in the glass but it comes in handy if your caesar is spicy. Take a bite of celery and it eases the spice.
Step 8) Fill the glass with Clamato juice. What is Clamato juice? It is simply Tomato juice with clam juice added to it. Whereas a Bloody Mary is straight up Tomato Juice, Clamato juice is a combo and is delicious.
Step 9) Give the drink a quick stir making sure the vodka, spices and Clamato is mixed in
Step 10) Dive in and enjoy!
Stay tuned for more versions of Caesars over the NHL season and also some other fun recipes for food I make during games!