Whistler: A Quest for the perfect cocktail: The Caesar
Disclosure: This is not your typical salad or Roman Politician
Ever thought of having a meal as a cocktail? Sounds a little odd doesn’t it? Caesars are the best-kept non-secret in Canada. Although you will run into many Australians and New Zealanders, this cocktail is perfectly crafted to suit the long-lasting Canadians’ legend of kindness with a bit of a kick. What better way to spend your time on a warm summers’ afternoon in Whistler or relaxing by the fireplace in winter than to be sipping on a chilled Caesar whilst taking in the breathtaking views of the awe-inspiring mountains.
A typical Caesar cocktail would contain the following ingredients:
- 5 dashes Worcestershire sauce
- Splash lime/lemon juice
- Celery, lime & lemon (garnishes)
- Celery salt for rimmed glass
- 1-2oz vodka
- 2 dashes hot sauce
Recent trends have seen many restaurants and pubs upping their Caesar game by creating elaborate garnishes and incorporating different potions of juices and alcohol. Caesar adoration persists across Canada, but you’ll be pleased to know that your quest ends in Whistler. Based on local’s opinions, below are the top 4 favoured locations for Caesars in Whistler:
Dusty’s: Owned by Whistler Blackcomb and situated at the base of Creekside, this barn-inspired western restaurant will surely not disappoint. Try their homemade hot sauce ceasars: Horse with No shame or their Legendary Caesar with a chunk of beef jerky.
Garabaldi Lift Company: Whistler Blackcomb owned and operated, this pub is always busy as it is the perfect location to watch the bikes send it down the mountain in the summer and the crowds descending off the slopes in the winter. What better way to pair your day than with the Gin Pacific Rim Caesar infused with cilantro, siracha and oyster sauce finished with pickled asparagus. This one is not for the faint of heart!
Beacon Pub: Located in the center of the Village Square, is a popular choice with the locals and it’s not hard to see why. Get cozy indoors or head onto the heated patio and enjoy the Beacon Bad Boy Caesar. This Caesar is made with a house-made Caesar blend
Merlins Bar and Grill: This is a Whistler owned and operate Grill, located at the base of Blackcomb Mountain by the Blackcomb Day Lodge. After a long day of skiing, you can practically ski to the door to enjoy a Caesar in this cozy mountain lodge. Each of their FIVE Caesars (that’s right 5 different types of Caesars) are unique and delicious. If you are wanting a traditional Caesar try their Merlin’s Signature Caesar, if you want a meal in a cup The Jester is for you it is the Signature Caesar packed with chicken wings, onion rings bacon and jerky!