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Three things to know on National Caesar Day

Want to test your trivia about Canada's national cocktail, the Caesar?
Cheers! Canada's national cocktail celebrates itself today. Photo: Twitter

It's National Caesar Day, a decidedly Canadian cocktail and event always held on the Thursday before the May long weekend in our country. Before you hurry out to order one up at the local pub, here's a couple bits of trivia to share with your fellow Canucks. Cheers!

Did you know the Caesar was invented in Alberta? 

The Caesar was invented in 1969 by restaurant manager Walter Chell of the Calgary Inn (today the Westin Hotel) in Calgary. Chell devised the cocktail after being tasked to create a signature drink for the Calgary Inn's new Italian restaurant.

A Caesar, similar to a Bloody Mary in other countries, typically contains vodka, clam juice, hot sauce, and Worcestershire sauce. It is served with ice in a large, celery salt-rimmed glass (add cayenne pepper for a little kick), typically garnished with a stalk of celery and wedge of lime. There are few rules beyond that, so bacon, green bean, dill pickle, and asparagus sometimes make an appearance too.

National Caesar Day was established in 2009 by the mayor of Calgary, David Bronconnier.

This drink was officially named Canada’s National Cocktail by Parliament in 2009.