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March 22, 2019

All Hail The Caesar!

It’s crazy for Canadians to think that the Caesar is a drink that’s virtually unknown to the rest of the world. While Bloody Mary’s and Mimosa’s rule the brunch time roost in many other countries, the Caesar is iconic in Canada and a staple cocktail that has become Canada’s favourite cocktail.

The Caesar was invented by the restaurant manger, Walter Chell, at the Calgary Inn, in Calgary, Alberta. This creation came after he was tasked with creating a signature drink for the Inn’s new Italian Restaurant. His inspiration, of course, Italy. He recalled that in Italy, he was served tomato sauce with clams. A truly delicious pairing. By replicating that and putting clam and tomato juice together, adding Worcestershire sauce and other spices, he created a drink similar to a Bloody Mary but with a unique spice and smoothness. Within 5 years the cocktail had taken off as one of Calgary’s favourite drinks and I don’t have to tell you but it wasn’t long till the rest of Canada felt the exact same way.

ZIrkova we love a good Caesar and are often found sampling Zirkova Together with some Mott’s The Works Caesar mix. How do you make a truly great Caesar you might ask? The typical answer goes as such: Vodka, Clamato Juice, Hot Sauce, Worcestershire Sauce, a Celery Salt- Rimmed glass and you’re good to go. Others would say all of the above but it’s truly in the garnish, adding olives, pickles, mini sausages, cheese, celery, limes – the list goes on and on. However, we have a different take on what can really elevate your Caesar and we say, It’s all in the vodka.

No matter how you put it a Caesar is delicious. Some claim it’s a hangover cure, some claim it’s the best cocktail ever created and others contest that it’s just not a true long weekend without a Caesar in hand. However you put it, a Caesar is just plain delicious. With that being said, how do you elevate something that’s already exceptional no matter how you drink it or what you garnish it with – well you add a vodka to it that will elevate the flavour profile. A vodka that will enhance the details within the cocktail and bring out the spices, tone down the acidity and create an explosion of flavour. Our vodka, Zirkova Together does just that. The nuance of flavours that Zirkova brings out of the Caesar is second to none. Comparing any Caesar mix by itself with Zirkova or mixed with another leading vodka and Zirkova, there is a more than apparent difference. Don’t believe us? Give it a try! And while you’re at it, let us know what you think. We are always interested in hearing from our favourite people, our supporters of course!

We are excited to announce that we will be launching in over 250 LCBO stores across Ontario! Zirkova One and Zirkova Together, will now be available for vodka enthusiasts and cocktail aficionados across Ontario.

Since Zirkova’s inception, we’ve always thought of ourselves as a Canadian brand. Our vodka was born in Ukraine but raised in Canada. Founded by Canadians, with headquarters in the Greater Toronto Area, Zirkova was built in the Canadian marketplace. Our journey to bring the most authentic vodka to Canada and thrive within the communities, in which we live, has finally been realized as we move onto the General List at LCBO stores across Ontario.

As we make this move, we are excited for the endless opportunities that we have to share our vodka with you. And through our launch, we will be gifting our loyal customers and those who are intrigued and want to give us a try with Zirkova mini bottles. That’s right, during our launch and select times throughout the year, Zirkova bottles will have a value added mini bottle attached on the shelves when you visit an LCBO store. We wanted to give our valued customers and advocates something additional to look forward to when going to purchase a bottle of Zirkova. When the value add promotion is on, when purchasing a bottle of Zirkova One, you will receive a bottle of Zirkova Together and visa versa. This will allow tastemakers to experience both of Zirkova’s Ultra Premium products and get acquainted with both of their unique expressions.

So, look for us at your local LCBO store and if you don’t see us on the shelve, be sure to check our website or the LCBO’s website for a location near you that does carry Zirkova Vodka! We can’t wait for you to try it!