Would You Drink This Cocktail With A Human Toe Inside Of It? [VIDEO]
There's a very special cocktail in Canada that is essentially a right of passage. It's a shot of whiskey with a very unusual object mixed in: a human toe. Yes, you read that correctly...a human toe!
The drink, otherwise known as the Sourtoe Cocktail, can be found in Dawson City, Yukon. If you complete the challenge, you will be a member of the Sourtoe Cocktail Culb. This club currently has over 100,000 members from all over the world. It takes one brave soul to attempt this challenge. I don't know if I would be able to do it.
Now, you might be asking "Who came up with this crazy thing?"
According to Dawson City's website:
The legend of the first “sourtoe” dates back to the 1920’s and features a feisty rum-runner named Louie Linken and his brother Otto. During one of their cross-border deliveries, they ran into an awful blizzard. In an effort to help direct his dog team, Louie stepped off the sled and into some icy overflow—soaking his foot thoroughly.
Fearing that the police were on their trail, they continued on their journey. Unfortunately, the prolonged exposure to the cold caused Louie’s big toe to be frozen solid. To prevent gangrene, the faithful Otto performed the amputation using a woodcutting axe (and some overproof rum for anesthesia). To commemorate this moment, the brothers preserved the toe in a jar of alcohol.
Years later, while cleaning out an abandoned cabin, the toe was discovered by Captain Dick Stevenson. After conferring with friends, the Sourtoe Cocktail Club was established and the rules developed. Since its inception, the club has acquired (by donation) over 10 toes.
Everyone who drinks this cocktail has only one major rule to follow. “You can drink it fast, you can drink it slow, but your lips have gotta touch the toe” Just don't swallow the toe. Apparently, it's been swallowed multiple times. There's actually a fine of $2,500 if you swallow the toe!
If you're brave enough to try the Sourtoe Cocktail, it will only set you back around $5. As for me...well, I will just stick with the whiskey, hold the toe.