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When you think of Canadian drinks, I'm sure the first thing that comes to mind is beer. Well, think again, because the Sourtoe cocktail might be the most Canadian beverage around!
Haven't heard of it? Well hold on to your woolen socks, because this is an interesting tale.
Back in the 1970s, a Dawson City man named Captain Dick Stevenson came across an amputated toe when he was cleaning out his cabin, and like a perfectly rational person decided to found a club based on the appendage. How to join? Members must drink a shot of whiskey in which is mummified toes floats. If you take the shot and the toe touches your lips, you're officially a member for life. To date, the Sourtoe Cocktail Club has over 100'000 members (and more than a few toes have been swallowed!)
The original toe has been lost to time (and stomachs), but the Downtown Hotel in Dawson City never wants for digits. Back in June of 2019, a UK man who lost several toes to frostbite in the 2018 Yukon Arctic Ultra mailed his toes from the UK to Dawson City so that they could be used to inaugurate future members of the Sourtoe Cocktail Club. It will take 6 weeks in rock salt to be properly preserved, but the owner of the hotel issued a statement saying he was very grateful for the generous toe-nation.
You can read more about the most recent toes to join the Sourtoe Cocktail initiation committee here. In the meantime, PLEASE comment if you are part of the Sourtoe Cocktail Club, we would love to hear from you!
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