In the frigid Canadian north, where temperatures routinely reach the negative double digits, a small Yukon bar thought of a unique way to warm up: the Sourtoe Cocktail. This whisky shot with a human toe - yes, a real human toe - is as grotesque as it is polarizing.
You'll find the Sourtoe Cocktail at the Sourdough Saloon, located inside the charming Downtown Hotel in Dawson City, Yukon. Drinking it is less about enjoying a cocktail than earning a badge of honor - a classic "hold my beer" moment. So how do you become part of the Sourtoe Cocktail Club? You've got to kiss the toe. Once your lips touch the dried flesh of the mummified body part, you join the ranks of other proud inebriated heroes. It's such an honor, some alumni have hung their membership certificate next to their college diploma.
Downtown Hotel's Sourtoe Cocktail has a wild history - perhaps as wild as the impulse to down the cocktail itself. From Prohibition rum runners on the lam to incidents involving lawnmowers to elusive toe-nappers, the Sourtoe Cocktail may be the most interesting drink you'll ever order.
The Tradition Started In The 1970s After Someone Found A Severed Toe In A Jar
To Join The Sourtoe Cocktail Club, Your Lips Have To Touch The Toe
More Than 100,000 People Have Joined The Sourtoe Club Since 1973
The Saloon's Toes Are Donations From Enthusiastic Patrons
A Designated Toe Master Handles All Severed-Toe-Related Business
The Mummified Toe Doesn't Taste Like Much