I stubbed my toe the other day…but that’s not really newsworthy. I think this toe is…
In Dawson City, Yukon, Canada, the Sourtoe Cocktail, a drink with a human big toe in it, is a tradition dating all the way back to 1973…a very good year, if I may say so. The story goes that riverboat captain, Dick Stevenson, found an amputated and pickled toe in a jar and made a drinking game using it. You can still play!
To join the Sourtoe Cocktail Club, simply kiss the toe with your lips as you down your shot. In other words, “You can drink it fast, you can drink it slow — but the lips have gotta touch the toe”. Over 100,000 people have already puckered up. But there’s an even more exclusive club and membership is strongly discouraged with $500 penalty…those who swallow the toe whole.
In August of 2013, Joshua Clark of New Orleans purposely ingested the toe (paying up after devouring the digit). Bar patrons were thrilled; the staff were not – normally the establishment had two shrivelled brown toes which they rotated. When one was in use, the other was stored in coarse salt, but now the Sourdough Saloon only has one back up toe to serve 30-50 people a night. , and it will soon start to deteriorate.
If you have a toe to spare, the Sourdough Saloon is looking for a replacement – they even posted ads. My little piggies are staying put! How did they get one in the past? The rumour is frost-bite, diabetes, and lawn mower accidents (click here for more detailed toe history). The penalty has been increased to $2,500 to discourage mimickers.
Originally, the grisly garnish was served in a beer glass with champagne, but now you can order the digit with any drink – try ale with an appendage or diet coke with a dactyl. A “toes-t”!
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