Vancouver is an amazing city. You can play in the mountains then go to the beach all in the same day. We also have a lot of microbreweries that turn out some terrific beer and small-batch distilleries, creating unique liquors. If you were looking for another excuse to visit this great city, a tour of the breweries and distilleries is a good one!
One of these distilleries is right on the North Shore, where I live. Sons of Vancouver. They make vodka and amaretto. My Mum and I had a chance to taste these at a farmer’s market. I tasted an itty bitty Caesar made with their chili vodka and wowzer!! It was great. I have had hot Caesars made with horseradish or siracha, but this one, with the chili vodka, was a step or two above those. I think the way the vodka extracts the capsicum must create a unique flavor and heat experience. It was not a biting, sharp heat, rather smoother and rounder while still being very hot. According to the Sons of Vancouver website I was experiencing “scovilles upon scovilles of local aquaponic chilies”. It was delicious.
Simple Chili Vodka Caesar to tempt you.
I have read that the Caesar was invented in Canada in 1969. Yay Canada! There isn’t exactly a recipe as this is a cocktail you can make with all sorts of combinations and ratios. The standard base is, I believe, 8 oz of a tomato and clam juice base such as Clamato and 2 oz of vodka. Then make it value-added with horseradish, tobacco, Worcestershire Sauce, Siracha, Chipotle hot sauce (this is a good one), or whatever else takes your fancy – even bacon. It has become fashionable to go crazy with the garnishes, too, but it is all about the beverage.
A very tasty addition to your chili vodka caesar, I recently discovered, is Maldon Smoked Seas salt. Add this to the rimming mix for a burst of smokey flavor.
- 1 oz Sons of Vancouver Chili Vodka
- 1 oz Russian Standard Vodka or Pickle Vodka (recommended by Dana, manager of Toby’s Liquor store)
- 8 oz Motts Clamato or similar mix
- Splash of Lime juice
- Rimmer blend with Maldon Smoked Sea Salt
- Mix Rimming salt. Rub rim of glass with lime and roll in the rimming salt. Add ice
- Stir Vodkas and lime juice into Mott's Clamato and pour over ice.
- Garnish as you prefer (simple celery stick or lots of stuff like shrimp, olives, salami, etc)
- Enjoy the heat!
I have made great Christmas gifts using this chili vodka. A cute reusable shopping bag, rimming salt, 6 pack of little Mott’s clamato cans, a lime, and a small bottle of the Chili Vodka. They were very well received.
You can find out more about Sons of Vancouver Chili Vodka here
For more fun, the distillery also has a lounge where their mixologist will create marvelous cocktails to tempt you. Check it out.