Spicy Bloody Caesar with Homemade Paleo Caesar Horseradish Dressing

bloody caesar mary with a pepperoni stick straw on a marble surface with tomato, crouton garnish with croutons on the able

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Happy New Year, folks!

Technically, Bloody Mary Day is on January first, but we decided that we did enough drinking on New Year’s Eve and decided to bring this post a little later in January. ? Better late than never right? Also better drinking a Bloody Mary than not! AM I RIGHT?!?

What is a Bloody Caesar? 

In 1969, the owners of the Calgary Inn in Calgary, Alberta, asked Walter Chell, their Owl’s Nest bartender, to create a recipe to represent their new Italian restaurant in a contest. So Chell took some vodka, a bit of Worcestershire, and a little Tabasco, added a mix of clam and tomato juices, and dubbed it the “Bloody Caesar.”  A fellow Bloody Mary enthusiast friend said that Bloody Caesar’s are sometimes the only option on his travels because some bars strictly use Clamato. 

How is it different than a regular Bloody Mary?

So a regular Bloody Mary uses pure tomato juice. This cocktail uses Clamato, slightly more seafood infused, and instantly fills the Bloody Mary with more umami. Can we say, “YES, PLEASE!” 

How did we make it Whiskey While We Work-style? 

I have been watching too much Food Wars, an anime about an elite culinary school where they challenge one another in matches with themes around food. The main character often calls the dishes: “Soma Style” after himself. ? Anyway, how we make this classic Mary our own: 

  • Add a Little Caesar Salad Bite with Homemade Paleo Horseradish Caesar Dressing, but you can also use store-bought and mix in your horseradish. Directions below in the recipe! This ones for my fellow lactose intolerant drinkers! ??
  • Garnish with a homemade croutons as a garnish, but you can use store-bought.
  • Add a bit more horseradish, this is to taste, but I like my Bloody Mary’s super spicy. 
  • Add a pepperoni stick straw from Demitri’s because a regular straw won’t do and you can eat this one. 

Spicy Bloody Caesar with Homemade Paleo Caesar Horseradish Dressing

  • Servings: 1 drink
  • Difficulty: easy
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A seafood umami take on the Classic Bloody Mary for when you want to mix up your brunch vibes and make it more savory! We totally get it! Pair with your classic two eggs any style breakfast or a giant Chicken Caesar Salad.


For the Bloody Caesar

  • 1 1/2 ounces vodka
  • 4 ounces Clamato juice
  • 2 dashes Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 dashes of Tabasco sauce
  • Prepared horseradish to taste (optional)
  • Garnish: Butter lettuce leaf, crouton, and cherry tomato, Paleo Horseradish Caesar Dressing
  • 1 Demitri’s Pepperoni Straw

Paleo Horseradish Caesar Dressing

  • 1-3 cloves garlic – finely grated or formed into a paste
  • 3 small anchovy filets packed in olive oil – formed to a paste
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1.5 tsp Dijon mustard
  • ½ teaspoon freshly-cracked black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon Horseradish or to taste. 
  • 1/2 cup Cashew Yogurt
  • 1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Kosher salt to taste


Make the Caesar

  1. In a Collins glass, fill with ice and set aside.
  2. Add the vodka, Clamato juice, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco, and horseradish into a mixing glass with ice.
  3. Pour back and forth into another mixing glass a few times to combine.
  4. Strain into the prepared glass.
  5. Garnish with a crouton, butter lettuce leaf, a cherry tomato, with your homemade dressing drizzled over the top.
  6. Serve immediately.

Make Dressing 

  1. Combine the garlic, anchovies, egg yolk, lemon juice, mustard, black pepper, horseradish, and cashew Yogurt in a large salad bowl. Whisk until smooth and combined.
  2. While whisking vigorously, SUPER slowly drizzle in the extra virgin olive oil until fully emulsified. 
  3. Taste for seasoning and adjust with salt and pepper as desired. 
  4. Prepare this before you prepare your bloody caesar so that you can enjoy it ASAP!

Tips & Tricks

? Traditionally, you’d want to celery salt the rim, but I opted not to because I felt there was already a lot going on in this drink! ? But feel free to salt rim to your heart’s content.  

? If you don’t have anchovies on hand, use fish sauce! A lot of fish sauces contain anchovies. 

straight on view bloody caesar Mary with a pepperoni stick straw on a marble surface with tomato, crouton garnish with croutons on the table

What do you think? Want to give this version of a classic a try? How do you like to garnish your Bloody Marys? 

Cheers babe,

Karen Khounthavong

But you can call me KK! I'm an over-caffeinated brand designer & photographer with a mixology habit. I love to inspire people to be their most empowered, creative selves so that the world can be a more magical and celebratory place.