Successful cocktails often inspire similar drinks, and the Clamdigger provides a prime example. It’s close kin to the ever-popular Bloody Mary, but with the addition of clam juice. The net result is a cocktail that shares a flavor profile with Manhattan-style clam chowder, but in a chilled and refreshing form.

Things You'll Need

Half-fill a cocktail shaker with ice.

Measure in one or more shots of vodka, then add 2 parts each of clam juice and tomato juice for every part of vodka.

Splash a few drops each of Worcestershire sauce and Tabasco sauce into the shaker, and salt and pepper to taste.

Shake well, then strain the cocktail into old-fashioned or highball glasses containing a few ice cubes. Garnish with a thin slice of lime.


  • For a slightly different flavor, substitute a mixed-vegetable beverage for the tomato juice. Certain companies also manufacture a premixed clam/tomato juice blend, which simplifies the cocktail considerably.

  • You can make the Bloody Caesar, Canada’s signature drink, the same way, just seasoned more assertively with extra Tabasco and Worcestershire sauce and usually a small quantity of horseradish. It’s garnished with a stalk of celery, or — less commonly — with a pickled green bean.