The three wives of Caesar

The US has the Bloody Mary and Canada has the Bloody Caesar. Well, step aside because Portland has The Three Wives of Caesar in this combination of the Mary and Caesar cocktails. It was by pure happenstance that 3 cocktails were made on this day (3 guests for dinner) and the fact that Caesar had three wives. It wasn't until several days later that I Googled it that I found out that he did have three wives.

The Bloody Mary and Bloody Caesar are two very popular cocktails in North America. The Mary is thicker and more tomato tasting, while the Caesar has a lighter, more fluid, clam flavor. Why not combine the two and come up with a happy middle solution? Well, that's what I did. Turns out this drink worked for my guests and will work for you as well. Here's what you'll need per drink:

2 oz. vodka
3 oz. clam juice
4 oz. tomato juice
1 teaspoon of Pernod
1 tablespoon of Limoncello
1 teaspoon of creamy horse radish
1 teaspoon of Worcestershire Sauce
a few drops of Tabasco sauce
Cracked black pepper and salt to taste

In a cocktail shaker, add all the ingredients and just a few ice cubes. You don't want to dilute the drink but the ice cubes will chill the drink before you pour it in the glass. Shake well for a few seconds.

Fill a tall glass 3/4 with ice cubes and pour the liquid to the top. Add your favorite garnish which may include olives, pickled garlic, lemon, cherry tomatoes, or peppers. Enjoy!!


  1. Fantastic cocktail, and I love the story that goes with it. I've been seeing a lot of alcohol drinks lately. It's a lot of fun to try them.

  2. Sounds good to me. I like the addition of limoncello.

  3. Love bloody marys! Nothing better than enjoying one of these on a Sunday morning!! Looks great!

  4. Sounds great for a Sunday morning! Those are the perfect glasses too!

  5. great cocktail, nice mix ... gotta have horseradish for sure - now for those having these Mary's on Sunday mornings, well, that explains all the heads bobbing during church service....

  6. I love bloody marys, and while I think the limoncello is an incredible addition, I can't say I'd be very thrilled with the clam juice. I might just have to go with 2 wives. :)

  7. it's been a long time I did not visit you !! hope everything is fine !!cheers de Paris Pierre

  8. What a great idea to add Limoncello! If I could only goof off on a Sunday instead of going to the office... These'll be on the list for later. Thanks! Kate (kateiscooking)

  9. Ohhh ...limoncello... excuse me, I need to mix a drink...

  10. I've never liked Bloody Mary's or Caesars but the ones I had never had any limoncello, horseradish or tobasco! The ones I had were very bland...these would be very much worth trying.