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May 14, 2010 11:12 PM


Anyone have a source for Clamato juice in San Diego?

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  1. Just a thought.
    I've been to some events in Mexican areas of Los Angeles and Clamato was being promoted at some of these events. So it's possible you might find it in a large Mexican market food chain.

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    1. re: monku

      Kind of in the same thought process - I have seen it in major supermarkets in San Diego neighborhoods that have large Hispanic populations. Even at the Vons in PB.

    2. I always thought that Clamato was a Canadian favorite since it is essential for making Caesars, the Canadian version of the Bloody Mary.

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      1. re: Tripeler

        Any supermarket I imagine, in the juice section, next to the V8.

        1. re: Tripeler

          I've seen people mix that with beer and lett'r rip, brutal!

          1. re: cstr

            Clamato is an excellent base for a bloody mary but when I lived with my Tequila family in Mexico, they/we used to do chasers of Clamato with Hornitos and of course cerveza!
            Good times..

            1. re: cstr

              The bloody caesar was invented in Canada and Motts created the clamato juice to suit this cocktail.
              I've seen it all over Mexico and it seems they like it as much or even more than Canadians, so yeah, hispanic stores might be a good place to look.

              I mix it with beer sometimes and its great, although most Americans turn their noses up. Budweiser makes a "Chelada" which is Bud already mixed with clamato. This is good too.
              I was speaking to a Bud rep in a grocery awhile back. He said the stuff does not sell at all in many places. He countered that in areas with large hispanic populations, the Chelada sells like crazy...

              1. re: porker

                for me it's just the combo (color) thing with beer, some of my buds really like it. I do think it makes a fab bloody mary. I guess it's like ketchup on eggs, you either love or hate it.

                1. re: cstr

                  Its also a hangover thing - much more palatable the day after...
                  My Mexican friends call it an ojo rojo, the red-eye, and they often go as far as making a beer-based bloody caesar adding clamato, worcestershire (or Maggi seasoning), hot sauce, lime, S&P.

            2. re: Tripeler

              It's true, we love it in our Caesars.

            3. Vons, Costco pretty much everywhere. Check in the juice section.

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              1. re: wanker

                I am Canadian and Clamato is the classic of Cesar mix. Or we have one called THE WORKS.. I remember ordering a Cesar in the states and thought what the heck is this??? A BLOODY MARY.... big dif in the taste...

                1. re: palmtree38

                  These days, I find most Americans generally know what a bloody caesar is, just that many places simply don't serve it.
                  Years ago (early '80s) I was in Daytona and was jonesing for one. I happened to be in a seafood restaurant where the bartender asked
                  "Bloody CEASAR? Whats that?"
                  "Its like a bloody mary with clamato instaed of tomato."
                  "CLAM-ADDO? Whats that?"
                  "Its a mix of clam and tomato juice."
                  "Oh, we can make that!"
                  About 15 minutes later, she comes out of the kitchen all smiles. She made her own "clamato" by mixing clam broth with tomato juice.
                  It just wasn't right...

              2. They were sampling Clamato at the Morena Costco last weekend.

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                1. re: CampySD

                  Do you have THE WORKS in SD??? its with the horseradish, seasonings .. please dont look at the sodium contents on the back of this bottle OUCH..
                  I make my own with a low salt veg juice. squirt in. worchester. lime juice. horseradish. and rim the glass with celery salt. with a dash of tobasco/hot sauce.

                  1. re: palmtree38

                    I agree completely. I dig the way Clamato tastes, but the sodium content is out of control. I never understood this thread, Clamato is available everywhere in San Diego. A better question is if there is a grocery or liquor store that does NOT stock it.

                    1. re: Captain Jack

                      One of the serious drawbacks with tomato, clamato even bloody mary mix is sodium, there loaded with it. Unfortunately, they'd taste flat without it.

                      1. re: cstr

                        ya, true dat. I use reduced sodium V8 for my bloodies, and hit them with prepared horseradish, freshly ground pepper, tabasco, cellery salt and worchester (yes, I know, cellery salt and worcestershire are loaded with sodium too) too kick up the flavor profile.

                        1. re: cstr

                          Not only is Clamato high in Sodium it's also loaded with MSG, but I still love the stuff.

                        2. re: Captain Jack

                          My Vonn's doesn't stock it, and I could *never* find it in Baltimore or Houston (previous homes of mine, prior to SD), so I had assumed it would be tricky to find here. San Diego has such an awesome grocery and market scene, I figured *someone* would carry it. But CostCo? Wow.

                          Must be a huge Canadian ex-pat population here that so many places carry it.

                          1. re: Indirect Heat

                            it is very popular south of the border.

                            1. re: Indirect Heat

                              Yeah, as I mentioned, a large hispanic population may be the reason its carried many places (not necessarily ex-pat canucks).

                              1. re: porker

                                CAptain Jack sounds like we make our Cesars very similar.. Also a skewer of kabaso.cheese. pickle and celery to garnish is a whole meal in one :O)

                                1. re: palmtree38

                                  Was in line at the bar at a hockey game awhile back. The guy in front of me orders 3 beers, 3 shots and two bloody caesars, so the bartender cranks 'em out then says "OK, lets see 3 beers, 3 shots, and two soup".
                                  I thought that was pretty funny....