Head up to Downtown Hotel in Dawson City, Yukon and try the famous Sourtoe Cocktail.
Yes, you heard that correctly. It’s a cocktail with a severed human toe swilling around in it.
It all began back in the early ’70s by a chap named Captain Dick Stevenson. Original rules state that the toe must to be placed in a glass of champagne and that it must touch the drinker’s lips.
These days the rules have relaxed a little and you can enjoy this tradition with any drink you wish, but to get the coveted certificate “you can drink it fast, you can drink it slow, but the lips have gotta touch the toe.”
The dehydrated toes are from real humans and there have been a number of them over the years. The original toe came from a rum runner in the ’20s who amputated his frostbitten digit after consuming a rather large quantity of rum. As a memento, he kept it in a jar which was later discovered by Captain Dick. Unfortunately in 1980 the toe was lost after a participant fell backwards off his chair and swallowed it.
Seven more toes have subsequently been donated, mostly from anonymous owners who lost them either through ill-health or frostbite. Two toes were given by a Yukon oldtimer with the stipulation that all his nurses got to drink for free and the last toe was given with the message “don’t wear open toed sandals while mowing the lawn.”