Tale of the Toe Part 2

May 3, 2022

In the last article, I introduced you to the SourToe Cocktail. It’s a shot of Yukon Jack that contains an actual human toe. No, you don’t swallow the toe, that actually would be a $2,000 fine. You simply have to let it touch your lips after pledging the SourToe Oath, which is “You can drink it fast, you can drink it slow. But your lips must touch that gnarly toe”. Once you do all of this, you are part of the SourToe Cocktail Club, which currently supports almost 100,000 members from all over the world that have visited the small Yukon town of Dawson City, about 11 hours northeast of Anchorage Alaska.

Just where do the toes come from that are included in the drink? Well, the hotel bar that features this unique concoction currently has six toes, including three donated by British endurance athlete Nick Griffiths, who lost his little piggies to frostbite during the Yukon Arctic ultramarathon. The toes spend six months curing in salt before they can be added to the drink.

I”m bringing this story up again because just recently, the creator of the SourToe cocktail, Dick Stevenson, passed away at the age of 89. In his will, Dick has one very specific request. He wants all 10  of his toes to be donated for his most famous drink. That brings the total of toes now to 16. It should be all they ever need.