October 8, 2014

The Grilled Cheese Bloody Caesar

My life is now complete. Two of my favorite things combined. Grilled cheese and the bloody caesar. This wasn't even my idea. How could it have not been. I was out for dinner last weekend with a friend, and while we were discussing the merits of the bloody caesar versus the bloody mary, he ever so casually slipped it into the conversation that a few weeks back he ordered a Bloody mMary and it was served with a garnish of grilled cheese. On the glass. I immediately freaked out, so mad that I had not thought of this idea years earlier.

I've got to tell you, it's genius. Normally I like to eat my grilled cheese with a side of tomato soup. A pickle. Maybe some Granny Smith apple slices thrown in. The flavor combination of all of these ingredients are incredible. The bloody caesar is just an extension of the tomato soup, and even a little better, because there's vodka involved. A grilled cheese, a pickle, a celery stalk, and a spicy savory afternoon cocktail drink is how I want to spend all of my days.

I debated whether to use the bloody mary or the caesar as my drink of choice to showcase this glorious grilled cheese. In the end I went with the caesar, because I felt it important to give homage to my Canadian roots. The difference between the two drinks is in the juice. The bloody mary uses tomato juice, and the caesar, tomato/clam juice. Sounds gross, but trust me, it's delicious.

What I have learned over the years is that people are very particular about their caesars. I rarely order caesars in the bar, either they're too spicy, or too savory. Never as good as I can make at home. I rarely order them at all any more, now that I'm in Seattle. I will however occasionally order a bloody mary, usually for breakfast, and that one time I ordered one it was made with sake. That was mind blowing. I shared a caesar recipe below. One that is specific too my tastes. You can alter any one of the ingredients. People often make them with lime. I prefer lemon. My sister likes to add crushed garlic to hers. The possibilities are endless. I only have one requirement. A garnish of grilled cheese.

makes 1 drink

2 slices of bread
1 oz cheddar cheese
  1 tbsp butter

1 tbsp celery salt
1 lime or lemon, cut into quarters
1 oz vodka
3 - 5 dashes of Worcestershire
1/4 tsp horseradish
8 oz Clamato juice
Tabasco sauce to taste
1 celery stalk
1 pickle

Prepare the grilled cheese. Cut it in half, and then place a 2 inch cut down the middle of each slice. This will allow you to place the grilled cheese onto the glass.

Dump the celery salt into a small bowl. Rim the glass with a lemon or lime wedge. Dip the rim of the glass into the celery salt to coat.

Fill the glass 3/4 full with ice. Add the juice from a 1/4 lemon wedge to the glass along with the vodka, Worcestershire, and horseradish. Fill the glass with Clamato juice an inch from the top. Add Tabasco sauce. 1 dash for low spice 5 dashes for spicy.

Garnish with a celery stalk, pickle, and half a grilled cheese sandwich. 


  1. Hilarious....we must try this at Christmas!

  2. These are insanely awesome. Grilled cheese garnish?!? I mean, come on!!!!

  3. This is the most insane caesar I've even seen. And I love you for it.

  4. I can't think of a witty comment because I'm still sitting mouth agape from the sight of a GRILLED CHEESE in of my favorite drinks ever. can I have them? all of them?

  5. This sounds AMAZING! I mean come on, blood caesar (delicious) + grilled cheese (freakin delicious), together?! Pinning to make later! Thanks!

  6. YES! I love Bloody Marys/Caesars with way too much stuff in them! It makes them so much more fun. And don't we all wish that a cocktail was an acceptable meal? With these, it totally is!

  7. i am in LOVE. totally agree with you, caesars are SO much better than bloody marys. and um that grilled cheese?! oh and your bar...gah, i love everything about this post!

  8. My boyfriend was completely unaware of the grilled cheese + tomato soup combo. He grew up in England so I'm not sure if that had something to do with it or he's just a weirdo. Either way, I made him dip his grilled cheese into a bowl of tomato soup and he was immediately on board. I mean, cheese + tomatoes are one of the most classic flavour combos in the world.

    I'm not a big fan of drinking, but if I ever go out for drinks, I will almost always order a caesar. They're always different, like you said. Once I had one that had barbecue sauce in it. Not sure what that was about. But the garnishes are always the best part. Screw pickled peppers, gimme the grilled cheeeeese!

  9. This is such a bloody good idea! Totally blew my mind. I've never had a bloody caesar in my life, but this post tells me I totally should or I'm missing out on something!

  10. I have to have this immediately.

  11. I about freaked out when I saw this on your IG, then over the weekend I shared it with all my friends when we were out at a brewery. It pretty much blew our minds. BRAVO! Such a great idea and such a beautiful execution by you.... wonderful photos. I'm a bloody caesar girl myself :) Can't wait to try!

  12. Haha! LOVE this... Of all the things that I've seen piled on top of a bloody mary/ceasar, I've never seen grilled cheese, but it makes SO much sense. Ps: gorgeous bar!

  13. I love Bloody Ceasars. We'd get them down in Mexico where they are traditionally served with Tequila! Ditto on the kudos for a beautiful bar

  14. This is probably he best thing I've seen all day. Seriously. And how did you manage to find the perfect doughy bread for that grilled cheese?! The two, together, are a match made in heaven. I will have them both ;)

  15. First (and only) time I had a bloody Caesar was in Montreal last year... It was bloody delicious!!! I had some doubts when they told me about the clam juice (it sounds weird when you are not used to) but I immediately forgot about that as soon as I took the first sip :-)))

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