The Sour Toe Cocktail from the Sourdough Saloon


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The Sourdough Saloon definitely offers a drink that you have to try at least once in your life.  The Sourdough offers a “Sour Toe Cocktail” consisting of a severed human toe and Yukon Jack Whiskey.  The Sourdough Saloon is located in Dawson City, Yukon Territory, Canada.

You are probably sitting there reading this thinking that there is no way that anyone would be able to put a severed human toe into a drink and offer it in a bar, but you are wrong.  The Sourdough Saloon takes this seriously and since severed human toes are not too easy to come by, they even fine patrons for swallowing the toe.  The toe is a true severed human toe, dehydrated and preserved in salt.  (We have a video of someone actually swallowing the toe and paying the $500 fine below)

toe_04bThe Sour Toe Cocktail was first offered in 1973.  As the legend goes, the a Yukon local named Captain Dick Stevenson was cleaning a cabin and found the severed human toe preserved in a jar of alcohol.  The toe is supposedly from a local miner and rum runner that had his toe amputated in the 1920’s and preserved in alcohol.  Don’t ask me why someone would save their amputated toe, but he did.  The uber brilliant marketing man Captain Dick Stevenson realized that by preserving the toe and offering it in a cocktail, he could have a unique attraction to get patrons to his bar.  The rest is obviously history and many people have joined the sour Toe Cocktail club.

If you think you are going to drive the possibly thousands of miles to try this drink and leave the severed toe at the bottom of the glass, you are dead wrong.  The rules state that in order to be entered into the club, you have the let the toe touch your lips.  As the saying goes, “you can drink it fast, you can drink it slow, but the lips have gotta touch the toe.

Check out this video for a little extra info on the Sour Toe Cocktail.  Yes, this is actually on my bucket list when we drive back through Canada.

Are you looking to see someone actually swallow the toe?  The fine for swallowing the toe was $500 and has since been rasied to $2500, presumably due to the shortage of severed toes… or at least we can only guess.  Anyway, check out this video of a guy proudly proclaiming “It’s down” after he swallows the severed toe.




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