February 15, 2014
Face it, imbibers of Canada — all too often our Caesar cocktails are less than sovereign. The vast majority of Caesars in this country are created using a certain watery, age-old Market Leader, a mix containing MSG, artificial colours and high fructose corn syrup. Which is no way to treat a source of national pride (the Caesar cocktail was invented in Calgary in 1969 by restaurateur Walter Chell, and has warmed Canuck cockles ever since). The upstarts at Walter have produced these two ready-to-drink mixes using premium all-natural ingredients (including real grated horseradish); small batch production in glass (not plastic) bottles; and zero additives. The result is a connoisseur’s mix with a home made feel, astutely spiced and ready to mingle (vodka is the classic, but the Walter people suggest tequila or gin as alternatives). Shelf Life mixed up a storm, and then served both flavours to passers-by in our living room. Comments ranged from “These Caesars are really good; they seem to be made with actual tomato paste and not tomatoey juice” and “I love the thickness and taste of both.” Plus “I want to linger over them – they’re like drinkable appetizers.” Cheers, Walter. At last, Canada’s signature toga ‘n’ toque cocktail shows us what it’s really made of.
– A. Brouwer & A. Wilson, Weekend Post