SOURTOE COCKTAIL INCLUDES ACTUAL HUMAN TOE, SO MAN SENDS HOTEL HIS AMPUTATED TOES
So I don’t know about you. But sometimes, I think people go a little too far when it comes to their mixology. And no, I’m not talking about mixtapes, though maybe those are a thing of the past. So what am I talking about? Cocktails, as in, alcohol creatively mixed with interesting ingredients. But I really don’t know what to make of a cocktail which has the name, Sourtoe. Sure, maybe this could simply be the kind of flavor you want to pair with a blue cheese. But would you ever imagine a cocktail that actually included an amputated human toe as an ingredient? Because that’s what we’re really talking about. A man even sent a Saloon his amputated toes to mix it in, for reals.
SOURTOE COCKTAIL HAS BEEN AROUND SINCE THE 1970’S, WHICH IS EVEN MORE DISTURBING
The man whose toes no longer go walking is Nick Griffiths. He lost his toes when he went running in the Yukon Arctic ultra-marathon. So how? Well, frostbite, of course. Surgeons had to amputate three of his toes. But then, Griffiths mailed two of the three to Dawson City. That’s where the Downtown Hotel’s Sourdough Saloon actually includes disembodied digits in their cocktail, the Sourtoe. So what could be even more disturbing? Well, this is nothing new at all. The Sourtoe has been around for 4 decades. But what could make your stomach turn even more? They use the “disembodied digits” over and over again.
IF YOU WANT TO GET IN THE SOURTOE COCKTAIL CLUB, YOU MUST LET THE TOE TOUCH YOUR LIPS
So if that leaves you, or at least a bit of you, pickled, I don’t blame you at all. So what goes into this almost timeless and disturbing libation? Well, a mummified human toe of course. It floats in a whiskey shot. But here’s the real twist- and no, Serge, I don’t mean a lemon twist. Patrons having this cocktail have to let the toe, or at a minimum its blackened toenail, actually touch their lips. If they manage to do so, they get certified and then are allowed entry to the Sourtoe Cocktail Club.
So now, Griffiths’ two toes will be added to the mix. But first, Terry Lee, aka the hotel’s toe expert, will need to preserve the two-toes in rock salt for a minimum of weeks. Only then can they touch an unlimited number of human lips for years to come.