Drinker Steals Bar's Prized Pickled Toe

'What a low-life,' saloon's 'toe captain' says
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 21, 2017 3:20 AM CDT
Drinker Steals Bar's Prized Pickled Toe
The Downtown Hotel in Dawson City, home of the Sourtoe Cocktail.   (Facebook)

The key ingredient in one of the world's weirdest cocktails is missing and a saloon in Canada's Yukon Territory wants it back. The Downtown Hotel in Dawson City says the Mounties are investigating the theft of a pickled human toe served in its "Sourtoe Cocktail," the Guardian reports. Workers say a customer made off with the toe on Saturday after ordering the cocktail, which consists of a shot of whisky with the blackened toe inside. To be awarded a Sourtoe Certificate, "you can drink it fast, you can drink it slow, but your lips have gotta touch the toe," according to the rules of the saloon, which has been serving the drink since a riverboat captain found a preserved toe in an abandoned cabin in 1973.

The customer, who spoke with a Quebec accent, ordered the cocktail outside the designated "toe time" hours, and a new staff member served it "to be nice," says "Toe Captain" Terry Lee, per the Whitehorse Daily Star. "And this is how he pays her back. What a low-life." There are some backup toes available, but this was the hotel's only big toe, Lee says. A previous toe was swallowed—apparently deliberately—in 2013, and hotel manager Geri Coulbourne tells the CBC that the missing replacement toe is a "really good one" donated by a man who had it surgically removed. The hotel says police have the man's name because he left his Sourtoe Certificate behind. (The bar's fine for swallowing the toe was raised to $2,500 after the 2013 incident.)

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