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Hair of the Dog: The Bloody Caesar

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If your eyes are heavy-lidded and your soul willing but your body non-compliant this fine New Year's LA Day, you might just be someone who subscribes to the ol' "Hair of the Dog" theory of hangover curing. That dog didn't so much bite us as perhaps nibble us last night, as we kept things fairly mild at our own small cocktail gathering last night, so we don't need to take any kind of cure other than a good cup of coffee and a lazy day. But since this LAist spent her holidays up North, we're full of Canadiana, and in this case, the drinking kind. In our family one of the drinks of choice is the Bloody Caesar (also known as the Spicy Caesar), something most, if not all, of our local friends have never heard of. So we mixed a few up last night for New Year's Eve drinking, and since Caesar in the spirits-world is a cousin of Mary, we thought it would make a good tip for your next round of mixology, or a Hair of the Dog kind of cure, provided you were drinking vodka last night. Here's how it goes:

Gibson Family Caesar

You'll need:
-Tall tumbler glass(es)
-Worchestershire Sauce
-Tabasco Sauce
-Celery Salt
-Seasoning Salt (We use Montreal Steak Seasoning)
-Long celery stalks, washed and trimmed
-Clamato Juice

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First use a wedge of lime to wet the rim of the glass, and rim it with celery salt (we just sprinkle some on a paper towel or plate to do this). Then put ice cubes in the glass, add the lime wedge, and squeeze out an additional lime wedge. Pour in a shot of vodka (1.5-2 oz, your preference for strength). Add about 3-4 dashes of Worchestershire sauce, and 2-3 dashes (or more or less!) of Tabasco. Fill to about 1/4 inch from the rim with Clamato juice, and use a single celery stalk to first stir, then garnish the glass. Top with a liberal sprinkling of Montreal Steak Seasoning. Drink, and enjoy!

Happy New Year, Los Angeles!