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RED WINE CAESARS

I love red wine. I also love caesars. It was really only a matter of time before I tried them together in a cocktail — and it is so, so delicious! In fact, I don’t think I can ever go back — I’ve ruined traditional caesars for myself. The idea of the red wine caesar initially came to me on a beautiful summer day (a caesar Sunday, in fact!) at my family’s acreage. After a couple of caesars I thought, “Hey! I bet a splash of red wine would be really good in here!”. Well, it turns out that it wasn’t just the vodka talking! The addition of red wine adds a certain je ne sais quoi to the traditional caesar — it intensifies and enriches the flavours much like adding wine to a red pasta sauce or gravy would. And I didn’t stop there — my recipe also calls for a splash of olive juice (I’m dirty martini fan, as well!). If you’re looking for a sophisticated twist on the classic Canadian caesar, this cocktail is for you!


This is kind of a savoury sangria, which seems like a strange concept, but I think it totally works. We all know how much I love sangria — which is probably why I like Red Wine Caesars so much! The richness of the red wine really makes all the other flavours sing, a splash of olive juice adds a briny element, while fresh lemon juice perks this cocktail up and makes it bright. The first time I had a traditional caesar served with lemon instead of lime I was skeptical — but it’s been my preferred citrus for caesars ever since!

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Matt & Steve’s kindly supplied a few of their products for this post, and I have to say that I really enjoyed all of them! I’ve been a longtime fan of their picked beans (they’re makers of The Extreme Bean!) so I was eager to see what else they had to offer. Their products are made with good, simple ingredients (and “no artificial anything”), right here in Canada. They have 3 different varieties of beans, delicious stuffed olives, and caesar rimmer that comes packaged in a flat disc — you just pop the top off and it’s ready to use — how genius is that?! It saves you the step of shaking your rimmer out onto a saucer, and there’s also no clean up, which I love!

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If you love caesars too, Matt & Steve’s is offering JustineCelina readers the chance to win a gift basket of entertaining essentials and caesar goodies, valued at $50 — mailed directly to you! If selected, your gift basket will include the following:

• Official Matt & Steve’s Extreme Bean Caesar Glasses
• Matt & Steve’s Beer Koozies
• 1 jar of Hot & Spicy Extreme Beans
• 1 jar of Garlic & Dill Extreme Beans
• 1 jar of Hot & Spicy B’nOlives
• 1 150gm tin of Matt & Steve’s Caesar Rimmer
• 1 plastic bucket

This giveaway is now closed. Thank you to everyone who entered! 

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INGREDIENTS


Red Wine Caesar

Serves 1

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• Matt & Steve’s Caesar Rimmer
• 1 – 1.5 oz good vodka
• 1 oz Cabernet Sauvignon or Malbec
• 6 oz Clamato juice
• 4 dashes Worcestershire sauce (or more if you like your caesars dirty)
• 2 dashes hot sauce
• Splash of Matt & Steve’s Hot & Spicy Bn’Olive Olive Juice
• Splash of fresh lemon juice

Note: The wine you choose will depend on your personal preference and palette. I liked Malbec a little more than Cabernet Sauvignon, but the rest of my recipe testers preferred Cabernet Sauvignon in these caesars. Choose your favourite dry, full-bodied red wine — spicy or oaky notes pair well with caesar flavours. I personally think Argentinian Malbecs are especially good in this cocktail!

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Garnish

• 2 Matt & Steve’s Hot & Spicy Extreme Beans
• 2 Matt & Steve’s Hot & Spicy Bn’Olives
• 1 small celery stalk

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INSTRUCTIONS


1) Rim cocktail glasses with caesar rimmer. First, squeeze a thin layer of lemon juice onto a small saucer. Then, turn cocktail glasses upside down, first dipping the rim into the lemon juice to coat it. Then, coat the rim in caesar rimmer. The citrus base is what makes the rimmer stick!

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2) Add as much ice as you like to each glass.

3) Pour a shot of vodka over top.

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4) Add a shot of red wine.

5) Fill glasses with rest of the liquid ingredients, and a pinch of caesar rimmer. Mix thoroughly.

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6) Garnish with 2 Matt & Steve’s Hot & Spicy Extreme Beans, 2 Matt & Steve’s Hot & Spicy Bn’Olives and 1 small celery stalk. Cheers!

RED WINE CAESARS
Serves 1
I love red wine. I also love caesars. It was really only a matter of time before I tried them together in a cocktail -- and it is so, so delicious! The addition of red wine adds a certain je ne sais quoi to the traditional caesar -- it intensifies and enriches the flavours much like adding wine to a red pasta sauce or gravy would. And I didn't stop there -- my recipe also calls for a splash of olive juice (I'm also a fan of dirty martinis!). This is kind of a savoury sangria, which seems like a strange concept, but I think it totally works. The richness of the red wine really makes all the other flavours sing, a splash of olive juice adds a briny element, while fresh lemon juice perks this cocktail up and makes it bright. If you're looking for a sophisticated twist on the classic Canadian caesar, this cocktail is for you!
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Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. • Matt & Steve’s Caesar Rimmer
  2. • 1 - 1.5 oz good vodka
  3. • 1 oz Cabernet Sauvignon or Malbec
  4. • 6 oz Clamato juice
  5. • 4 dashes Worcestershire sauce (or more if you like your caesars dirty)
  6. • 2 dashes hot sauce
  7. • Splash of Matt & Steve’s Hot & Spicy Bn’Olive Olive Juice
  8. • Splash of fresh lemon juice
  9. Garnish
  10. • 2 Matt & Steve’s Hot & Spicy Extreme Beans
  11. • 2 Matt & Steve’s Hot & Spicy Bn’Olives
  12. • 1 small celery stalk
Instructions
  1. Rim cocktail glasses with caesar rimmer. First, squeeze a thin layer of lemon juice onto a small saucer. Then, turn cocktail glasses upside down, first dipping the rim into the lemon juice to coat it. Then, coat the rim in caesar rimmer. The citrus base is what makes the rimmer stick!
  2. Add as much ice as you like to each glass.
  3. Pour a shot of vodka over top.
  4. Add a shot of red wine.
  5. Fill glasses with rest of the liquid ingredients, and a pinch of ceaser rimmer. Mix thoroughly.
  6. Garnish with 2 Matt & Steve’s Hot & Spicy Extreme Beans, 2 Matt & Steve’s Hot & Spicy Bn’Olives and 1 small celery stalk. Cheers!
Notes
  1. Note: The wine you choose will depend on your personal preference and palette. I liked Malbec a little more than Cabernet Sauvignon, but the rest of my recipe testers preferred Cabernet Sauvignon in these caesars. Choose your favourite dry, full-bodied red wine -- spicy or oaky notes pair well with ceaser flavours. I personally think Argentinian Malbecs are especially good in this cocktail!
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MATT & STEVE’S GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED


To enter to win a Matt & Steve’s gift basket of entertaining essentials and caesar goodies, valued at $50:

• Follow JustineCelina on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest
• Leave a comment telling me what your favourite type of caesar is!

Contest open to Canadian residents until December 4th, 2015 at 11:59pm MST. PO BOX addresses are not permitted. Good luck!

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Are you a caesar drinker? I know this recipe may seem a little crazy, but I promise that if you like red wine, caesars and olives, you’ll love them! If you end up trying a Red Wine Caesar, I’d love it if you tag me on social media or leave me a comment! You can also use the hashtag #justinecelinarecipes in your recreations. Have a great weekend everyone. Cheers!

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Disclaimer: Some products provided by Matt & Steve’s. This post is not sponsored, and contains my genuine thoughts and recommendations.

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29 Comments

  • Reply Mel @ The Refreshanista November 28, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    What a great idea! I’ve never really been into Caesars but I’m a big Malbec fan and I love olives so I think I could get into this one! I’ll have to wait to find out, I’m pregnant right now, but I think this one would be my favourite Caesar 🙂 I’d love to win the basket, sounds awesome! My fiancé is big into Caesars and he would love that stuff.

    • Reply Justine November 28, 2015 at 10:21 pm

      Thanks for the comment, Mel! They really are so tasty. All my favourite things in one cocktail! You’ll have to try one when you’re able to. 🙂

  • Reply Tainan Lu November 29, 2015 at 10:40 am

    I would love to try the recipe. 🙂

    • Reply Justine November 29, 2015 at 12:40 pm

      Thanks for the comment, Tainan!

  • Reply Kate November 30, 2015 at 9:06 am

    This is a really cool take on caesars! I don’t normally enjoy them but all my friends love them and I enjoy wine so this would be cool 🙂 Beautiful imagery too! <3
    ps. followed all accounts 🙂

    • Reply Justine November 30, 2015 at 9:31 am

      Hey Kate — thanks for stopping by and commenting! Let me know if you try the recipe. 🙂 Have a great week!

  • Reply Julia (@Imagelicious) November 30, 2015 at 2:39 pm

    Wow – what a unique idea. I really want to try it.

    My favourite caesar has bacon! I love the combination of spiciness and smokiness together.

    I also love addition of beer into my caesars!

    • Reply Justine November 30, 2015 at 2:42 pm

      Hey Julia — thanks for the comment! I’m not big on bacon (or beer!) but I can understand how the spiciness and smokiness would compliment each other well. I have friend who loves bacon and that sounds right up his alley! Haha. Have a great week!

  • Reply nicoleroannef December 2, 2015 at 5:42 pm

    I’ve never thought of making this type of caesar before. I usually stay with the conventional recipe (just extra spicy). My coworker suggested I try including pickle juice and I thought THAT was exotic. I will definitely suggest this idea to her. Thanks for the recipe!
    I follow all accounts.

    • Reply Justine December 2, 2015 at 5:57 pm

      Hey Nicole — thanks for stopping by, commenting and following! Cheers.

  • Reply Judy Nguyen December 2, 2015 at 9:22 pm

    Red wine caesars! That sounds awesome. I love my caesars extra spicy (tabasco & horseradish) with outlandish garnishes. There’s this place in Toronto that does a brunch caesar that includes a lobster tail, pickled beans and asparagus, celery, bacon, A SLIDER (sometimes burger, sometimes turkey sandwich) and a bunch of other things. Just followed all your other accounts 🙂

    • Reply Justine December 2, 2015 at 9:45 pm

      Hey Judy — that brunch caesar sounds incredible! Thanks for the comment and the support. Cheers!

  • Reply kristy @ she eats December 3, 2015 at 12:10 pm

    Justine. I can’t believe I hadn’t thought of wine caesars before. I clearly need to up my game 😉

    PS. My favourite type of caesars are snackin ones! Lots of goodies on the garnish so they can sub out dinner. A pickle, a bean, a wedge of cheese, a pepperoni and maybe even a slider. Not even kidding. I had a caesar once in Toronto that came with a slider. And a lobster tail. It was bananas. Mmmmmm bananas.

    • Reply Justine December 3, 2015 at 3:45 pm

      Hey Kristy — thanks for the comment! And just for the record, I think your cocktail game is pretty strong. 😉

      You and Judy (the comment above you) must be talking about the same place in Toronto! It sounds amazing, and I’ll definitely have to check it out next time I’m in town. I usually end up ordering caesars at lunch (or dinner) when I’m really hungry! They’re like an appetizer themselves, sometimes. And now I’m craving a pre-dinner caesar! Haha.

  • Reply Isabelle @ Crumb December 4, 2015 at 3:01 pm

    Ooooh… I can’t say I’ve ever thought to put red wine in a caesar, but it actually makes total sense. I’m going to have to try this the next time I have some leftover red wine from a dinner party and want a tasty bevvie to go with my brunch. (Yeah, I know… what’s this leftover wine I speak of?)
    And yes yes yes to the pickled green bean garnish. It’s basically the only reason I make pickled dilly beans in the summertime, because that way I have an excuse to make lots of caesars through the colder months. 😉

    • Reply Justine December 4, 2015 at 3:05 pm

      Hey Isabelle — thanks for stopping by and commenting. The leftover red wine struggle is real, haha. I’m usually in the same boat! I’d love your feedback if you try the recipe. Cheers, lady!

  • Reply Laureen Fox December 4, 2015 at 3:17 pm

    I’m very much a traditionalist when it comes to Caesars but you’ve got me thinking I should give these Red Wine Caesars a try. I’m a big fan of Matt and Steve’s products and I love a full bodied Malbec wine.

    • Reply Justine December 4, 2015 at 3:29 pm

      It sounds like these caesars would be right up your alley, Laureen! Thanks for the comment, and good luck. 🙂

    • Reply Justine December 5, 2015 at 9:49 am

      Congratulations, Laureen — you’ve won the giveaway! I’ve just contacted you via email. I hope you enjoy the goodies!

  • Reply Lyndsay December 4, 2015 at 8:03 pm

    This Caesar looks so good. I can’t wait to make it for my sister in law. She loves red wine and Caesars. Such a great idea mixing the two. Thanks for sharing

    • Reply Justine December 4, 2015 at 8:19 pm

      Thanks for the comment, Lyndsay! Let me know how she likes the recipe if you do. Happy Friday!

  • Reply Megan December 4, 2015 at 8:34 pm

    Mmm I love Caesars and I love wine – why have I not put these two things together before?! Brilliant! This looks like a fantastic giveaway, thanks Justine.

    • Reply Justine December 4, 2015 at 11:53 pm

      Thanks, Megan! You have to try them — you’ll never think of Caesars the same way again! Cheers, and have a fantastic weekend.

  • Reply Justine December 5, 2015 at 9:50 am

    ***GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED*** Thanks for entering, following and commenting everyone! I’ve just used a randomizer to select the winner — congratulations, Laureen!

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