UNGAVA CANADIAN PREMIUM GIN
+ an Ungava Gin Spicy & Dirty Caesar Recipe
Chris’ favourite alcoholic beverage of choice is a Caesar. Its the first drink he thinks of when he wants something other than a beer, and normally the drink he orders when we go out. I am not much of a drinker (it is a rare occasion when I indulge in an alcoholic beverage), but Chris likes to kick back and relax on the weekends with a drink or four. Recently, we received the opportunity to test out Ungava Gin.
Ungava Gin is made in Quebec, Canada with 100% Canadian ingredients. It is 100% natural, and contains rare botanicals from the Canadian North: Nordic Juniper Berries, Arctic Blend, Labrador Tea, Crowberry, Cloudberry and Wild Rose Hip.
Juniper Berries are not actually berries. They are the female seed from a juniper bush, and this is what gives Gin its “Christmas” or “Pine” smell and flavour.
The Caesar (which was invented by Walter Chell in 1969 in Calgary) is a Canadian classic cocktail that appears on the menu/drink list of pretty much every establishment in Calgary (and I’m sure throughout all of Canada). If you are Canadian, chances are you’ve had a Caesar before. It is one of those drinks where you can be creative without ruining the integrity of the drink itself.
How to make an Double Ungava Gin Spicy & Dirty Caesar Cocktail
Collect your ingredients for a photo op.
Don’t forget the Ungava Gin!
Start with a cup. A mason jar works great (and screams out I AM CANADIAN, especially one with a Caesar recipe already written on it). If you don’t have a Caesar mason jar, you should buy one! I bought a set of two at Chapters/Indigo in December. Hurry, go buy a set. I’ll wait.
Next, you need to rim your jar! To rim the jar, mix equal parts celery salt, salt, and ground pepper together in a shallow bowl or plate. Using a lime wedge, wet the rim of your jar, and then dip your jar into the salt mix. Make sure you remember to rim the jar BEFORE you start adding your ingredients (unlike Chris who had to pour out ingredients, rim the jar, and then add the ingredients back in).
Add about 2 ounces of Ungava Gin (1 ounce if you prefer a single and 3 ounces if you prefer a really strong drink).
Add Worcestershire sauce and hot sauce (a little or a lot, its up to you). For fun, try pronouncing WORCESTERSHIRE. If you are not sure how to say it, watch this video for some help!
To make a Spicy & Dirty Caesar, add double the amount of Worcestershire sauce and hot sauce as you would add for a regular Caesar.
Add Salt & Pepper (to taste) and the lime wedge (used when rimming the cup). Add ice cubes (if you didn’t add them in the beginning).
Fill your cup with Clamato and stir.
Garnish however you like. Chris likes to garnish his with a lot of pickled asparagus (or beans) and lime.
Chris normally prepares his Caesars with Vodka, but he said that he actually preferred the Gin Caesar. It has been about 15 years since he has had Gin, and now he can’t remember why he has stayed away from it, but I’m guessing its because he tried to drink straight Gin, outside of a cocktail.
Gin is basically a flavoured vodka, and as such can be used as a vodka substitute in a lot of alcoholic beverages. Gin is not a “sipping” alcohol, and is best mixed with other ingredients. Because Gin is derived from a complex mix of natural botanicals, it is the perfect choice for cocktails, such as this Ungava Gin Caesar.
For more information, and cocktail ideas, visit the Ungava GIN website and the official Facebook page!
Enjoy! Remember to always drink responsibly and NEVER drink and drive!
Andrea resides in Calgary, Alberta, and is the proud mom to five boys between the ages of 7-22. Running mainly on coffee and sarcasm, in her spare time she enjoys listening to Canadian Rock, watching Calgary Flames hockey, reading YA Dystopian novels, binge watching 90s television on Netflix, and entering contests.
Disclosure: I received samples from UNGAVA for testing and review purposes. Opinions in this post are honest, and my own, and have not been altered or influenced in any way.
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