Would You Join The Sourtoe Cocktail Club?

By: Mike Harford


Sarah Woodley

I love hotel bars, but this one has a drink I just don’t think I’ll ever try!

Called the Sourtoe Cocktail the legendary $5 drink, has been served at Yukon’s Downtown Hotel since 1973 when Captain Dick Stevenson, discovered an amputated toe while cleaning out a cabin and used it to found the Sourtoe Cocktail Club.

… To join the club, you don’t have to swallow the toe, or even put it in your mouth. But there is one rule: “You can drink it fast. You can drink it slow. But your lips must touch the gnarly toe.” 

Drinkers must touch their lips to the toe to earn a certificate of completion. To date, more than 100,000 have tossed one back!

The toe is mummified, dry and blackish-brown. It is stored in a jar of salt in the warmth of the furnace room for preservation. There are currently two toes in stock, rotated out until they decay into useless stubs.

Would you drink it?

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