Taste Whistler’s Signature Cocktail: The Caesar

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 (and not the salad or famed Roman politician). Although you will run into many Australian and New Zealander versions, this cocktail is perfectly crafted to suit the long-lasting Canadians’ image of kindness with a bit of a kick. What better way to spend your time on a warm summer’s afternoon in Whistler or relaxing by the fireplace in winter, than to be sipping on a chilled Caesar while taking in views of the awe-inspiring mountains?

Photo Credit: Whistler Blackcomb - Joern Rohde

A typical Caesar cocktail contains the following ingredients:

5 dashes Worcestershire sauce

Splash of lime/lemon juice

1 – 2 oz. vodka

2 dashes hot sauce

Celery, lime & lemon (for garnish)

Celery salt for rimmed glass

Recent trends have seen many restaurants and pubs upping their Caesar game by creating elaborate garnishes and incorporating different mixes of juices and spirits. Caesar adoration persists across Canada, but you’ll be pleased to know that your quest for the classic taste ends in Whistler. Based on locals’ opinions, below are the top 3 sports for Caesars in Whistler:

Dusty’s

Owned by Whistler Blackcomb and situated at the base of Creekside, this barn-inspired western restaurant doesn’t disappoint. Try their homemade hot sauce Caesars, dubbed Horse with No Shame, or their Legendary Caesar with a chunk of beef jerky. Here’s Dusty's Drink & Food Menu.

Garibaldi Lift Company

Whistler Blackcomb-owned and operated, this pub is always busy, since it’s the perfect location for watching world-class mountain bikers descend during the summer. While you watch, why not sip a tasty Gin Caesar? Try the Pacific Rim Caesar infused with cilantro, siracha and oyster sauce finished with a pickled asparagus. This one is not for the faint of heart! Here’s the GLC Drink Menu.

Dubh Linn

Although this Irish Pub is known for its Guinness and meat pies, cozy up with a blanket on their patio and try their Gatekeeper Caesar, a delicious Absolute Citron Caesar with Walters organic clam mix garnished with house pickled spiced beans and local Chorizo sticks. Here’s the Dubh Linn Drink Menu.

If you’re feeling adventurous, whip up your own Cesar using fresh local ingredients in your vacation rental home kitchen.