In a small town called Dawson City in the Yukon, Canada, the Sourdough Saloon has made a name for itself with a very unusual cocktail. The ingredients are few, the preparation simple – it’s a shot of Yukon Jack liqueur with a human toe at the bottom. It’s called the "SourToe Cocktail."
The legend goes that in 1973, a man named Captain Dick "River Rat" Stevenson found a severed big toe preserved in a pickle jar in a cabin outside of town. Instead of screaming "ewww" with a high-pitched shrill and running away (like I would have done), River Rat turned it into a drink.
The Toe – Picture Courtesy of AdventureswithBen.com
The toe itself is indeed a real human toe, donated to the Saloon for this very purpose. It’s been mummified and preserved in salt, and the toe is recycled, meaning it’s used over and over. They’re pretty hard to come by. Some have been used by the Saloon for close to 10 years.
There’s a club for the cocktail as well, called the SourToe Cocktail Club. How do you get in? Well, you have to drink one of course. The rules at the Saloon read, "Drink it fast, or drink it slow, but your lips must touch the toe." Catchy, right?
There’s over 43,000 members, some seen in action below. Would you think of trying it if you were ever in the Yukon?