Posted on June 13, 2019
Nick Griffiths had his big toe posted to the Downtown Hotel in Dawson City after he lost it to frostbite competing in an extreme winter marathon in 2018.
The ex-Royal Marine promised to donate it in the hope of returning to the Yukon to do the Sourtoe Cocktail with his very own keepsake.
The cocktail’s famed ingredient is another mummified human toe. For over four decades, tourists and residents have been able to order an alcoholic cocktail of their choice served with a desiccated human toe floating inside. A local saying goes: “You can drink it fast, you can drink it slow, but your lips must touch the toe.” It’s traditionally served with Yukon Gold whiskey, and must touch the drinkers’ lips in order to earn a certificate from the bar.
Over 86,000 Sourtoe Cocktails have been served since 1973, when Yukon riverboat captain Dick Stevenson discovered a preserved toe in an abandoned cabin. “We couldn’t be happier to receive a new toe,” said Downtown Hotel general manager Adam Gerle in a statement. “They are very hard to come by these days and this generous ‘toe-nation’ will help ensure the tradition continues.”