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Clamato can.jpg
341 mL can of Mott's Clamato. The Canadian package artwork includes English and French languages.
TypeTomato juice/clam broth hybrid
ManufacturerMott's (Keurig Dr Pepper)
Country of originCanada
VariantsBeefamato, Nutrimato, X-tra Spicy, The Works
Related productsKraut juice, Caesar

Clamato /kləˈmæt/ is a commercial drink made of reconstituted tomato juice concentrate and sugar, which is flavored with spices, dried clam broth and MSG.[1] Made by Mott's, the name is a portmanteau of "clam" and "tomato". It is also referred to colloquially as "clamato juice".

In 1935 The Clamato Corporation of New York produced "clam and tomato juice in combination".[2]

In 1940, "Lobster King" Harry Hackney was granted the Clamato trademark.[3] His Atlantic City restaurant, Hackney's, sold Clamato juice in cans. [4]

In 1957, McCormick & Company, Inc. applied for, and later acquired, the Clamato brand name for the seasoned blend of tomato juice and clam juice. [5]

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 a decade earlier.[6] The employees 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. As of 2008, it is owned by Keurig Dr Pepper after the business was spun off of Cadbury-Schweppes.[7]

Mixed drinks[edit]

Clamato is used primarily as a drink mix for alcoholic beverages (an estimated 60% of sales in the US in 2008[8]), and it is popular for this in both Canada and Mexico, but less so in the United States (outside of Canadian-American and Mexican-American communities). In Canada it is primarily used to make a cocktail called a Caesar).


Clamato is also added to beer in various beer cocktails, such as the michelada; the most basic is known as a "beer 'n clam" or a "Red Eye" in Western Canada, which adds Clamato to pale lagers. In 2001, Anheuser-Busch and Cadbury-Schweppes introduced a premixed version called the "Budweiser and Clamato Chelada" in the United States,[8] which was criticized by American beer critics.[9]

Adding more spices (similar to those in a Caesar) results in what is called sangre de cristo (blood of Christ)[10] in Mexico.


Beefamato is a similar beverage, but made from beef broth and tomato juice, with a touch of Worcestershire sauce. Beefamato is a popular ingredient in many cocktails, such as "Gramma's Bloody Mary".[11]


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  2. ^ "Official Gazette of the United States Patent Office, 1935".
  3. ^ "Catalog of Copyright Entries 1940".
  4. ^ "Hackney's Menu".
  5. ^ "Official Gazette of the United States Patent Office 1960".
  6. ^ Betty Crocker's Picture Cook Book. New York: McGraw-Hill. 1956.
  7. ^ "Clamato - A History in Red". Retrieved February 11, 2009.
  8. ^ a b "Budweiser & Clamato Chelada And Bud Light & Clamato Chelada Arrive Nationwide | Beer (& More) In Food". January 14, 2008. Retrieved May 18, 2013.
  9. ^ "Budweiser & Clamato Chelada - Anheuser-Busch - Saint Louis, MO". BeerAdvocate. Retrieved May 18, 2013.
  10. ^ "Sangre De Cristo Recipe at". January 28, 2012. Retrieved May 18, 2013.
  11. ^ "Gramma's Bloody Mary". Retrieved March 8, 2010.

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