|Type||Tomato juice/clam broth hybrid|
|Manufacturer||Mott's (Dr Pepper Snapple Group)|
|Country of origin||USA|
|Variants||Beefamato, Nutrimato, X-tra Spicy, The Works|
|Related products||Kraut juice, Caesar|
Clamato // is a drink made of reconstituted tomato juice concentrate flavored with spices and clam broth. Made by Mott's, the name is a portmanteau of "clam" and "tomato". It is also referred to colloquially as "clamato juice." Clamato was produced in its current form beginning in 1966 by the Duffy-Mott company in Hamlin, New York, by two employees who wanted to create a Manhattan clam chowder style cocktail by combining tomato juice and clam broth with spices. Its history extends further back, however, as a nearly identical drink was already present in a cookbook published 10 years earlier. They also named the new cocktail Mott's Clamato and secured the trademark for the new brand. The brand was owned by Cadbury-Schweppes after the company bought Mott's in 1982. It is now owned by the Dr Pepper Snapple Group after the business was spun off of Cadbury-Schweppes in 2008.
Clamato is used primarily as a mix for alcoholic beverages (an estimated 60% of sales in the US in 2008), and it is popular for this in both Canada and Mexico, but curiously much less so in the United States (outside of Canadian-American and Mexican-American communities). The Caesar (essentially a Bloody Mary with Clamato instead of tomato juice) is one of the top selling cocktails across Canada. Clamato is also added to beer in various beer cocktails (called Micheladas in Mexico). The most basic is known as a "beer 'n clam" in Western Canada, which is simply the addition of Clamato to otherwise bland mass-market pale lagers. In 2001 Anheuser-Busch and Cadbury-Schweppes introduced a premixed version called the "Budweiser and Clamato Chelada" in the United States, which was panned by American beer critics. Adding more spices (similar to those in a Caesar) results in what is called sangre de cristo (blood of Christ) in Mexico.
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