Since its invention in Calgary in 1969, the Caesar has become so much more than a national cocktail. It’s a cultural icon – embedded in our social customs, pride and traditions. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of our beloved national cocktail, a commemorative book filled with 50 Caesar stories from real Canadians is being created. And you can be a part of it!
Like any good Caesar, a good Caesar story is personal, satisfying and quintessentially Canadian.
What memories do you associate with the Caesar? Does it remind you of a special time or moment? Below are a few examples from other Canadians who have shared their Caesar stories with us.
To have your story considered, submit it below and you could be a part of history. We’ll be choosing 50 stories to honour the 50th anniversary. Good luck!
“For me, the Caesar was our unofficial welcome to Canada. When we first arrived in the country, we stopped at a restaurant and noticed everyone drinking these elaborate red drinks garnished with celery. Our server explained it was a Caesar, a Canadian staple, so we knew we had to order one. And we loved it! Now, whenever we host BBQs, we serve Caesars. I think it’s a big part of the reason we made so many new friends, LOL! ”
“I grew up in a big family and for as long as I can remember, we had Caesars every Sunday. My friends even coined these get-togethers: “Caesar Sunday in the Patterson home.” Since we live by the mantra the more the merrier, my friends regularly joined us for Caesar Sunday. And now, they’ve adopted this tradition in their homes too! If it’s a Sunday, you can rest assured that someone in my family or circle of friends is having a Caesar somewhere.”
“Growing up, we would spend every summer at my grandparents’ cottage. As kids, we believed their lake was magical and mermaids lived at the bottom of it. Every evening, we’d head down to the dock around sunset because my Grandpa told us that was the best time to spot mermaids. While the kids paid attention to every splash, the adults all sipped on Caesars. To me, mermaid duty began when I saw that bottle of Mott’s Clamato next to my Grandpa. To this day, whenever I see a Caesar, smell it, or order one for myself, I remember that treasured time with my family on the dock.”
What makes a good Caesar Story?
The best Caesar stories are written in the first-person narrative and should have a clear beginning, middle and end – or they could be more anecdotal.
Keep your story tight and punchy. Limit your submission to 500 words or less.
Each story should ideally have a photo to accompany it. There is a lot of Caesar nostalgia that’s been captured and new memories too – we want to see those photos and include them with your story whenever possible.
Lastly, and most importantly, write from the heart.
Submissions will be reviewed for publishing consideration until November 16, 2018.
Who can enter?†
The writer/entrant must be a legal resident of Canada and must have reached the legal drinking age in the province or territory in which he/she resides.
Why a book?
Stories play a vital role in our cultural makeup. They root us in our history give us a sense of belonging and identity. Producing a book commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Caesar in a special way – sharing its many stories and preserving them for future generations.
What if I’m not a good writer?
That’s ok, this isn’t a writing contest. There are no penalties for typos or grammatical errors. We just want to hear about your connections, your memories – and in your words. If your story is selected, we’ll work with you on the finer points to get your story ready for publication!
What happens after I submit my story?
You will receive an automatically generated email acknowledging receipt of your story. If we choose your story for inclusion, we will notify you by email on or before November 16, 2018. We will not send rejection notices.
How will the stories be selected to be included in the book?
Originality and connection to the theme (Caesars) are the most important selection criteria. The best stories are written from a first-person perspective and are filled with vibrant imagery and create a strong emotional connection with the reader. We’ll be selecting stories that best capture Canadians’ memories and demonstrate a connection to our national cocktail.
When can I get a copy of the book?
The book will be published in January/February 2019 and will be available online. More details will be announced closer to the publication date.
†NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Click here for complete contest rules/details. Contest open to residents of Canada who are legal drinking age or older in their province/territory of residence and ends November 15th, 2018 at 9:00:00 am ET. *Trademarks, used under license by Canada Dry Mott’s Inc.