In Dawson City more than 65,000 have consumed the sour toe cocktail – which has a human toe in it!

Dawson City, Yukon Territory – This is one event that you’ll never forget. Dawson does indeed have a famous drink called the Sour Toe Cocktail, which contains an actual alcohol-preserved human toe.  Head to the Sourdough Saloon at the Downtown Hotel and you can watch this strange ritual, or for $5 you can try the cocktail yourself and earn a certificate (pardon the quality of this video, was an early digital video cam in very dark conditions.)

Sour Toe Cocktail by Chris Ellison

Sour Toe Cocktail by Chris Ellison

This started in 1973 with what is said to be the toe of a miner, which had been amputated in the 1920’s. To participate and earn the official certificate, the rule is ‘You can drink it fast, you can drink it slow—But the lips have gotta touch the toe.’ Find out more at Sourtoe Cocktail Club

Historic Dawson City was the heart of the Klondike Gold Rush. The town ( pop today about 1,800) is a National Historic Site. Visitors can pan for gold, visit the cabins of Robert Service & Jack London, gamble at Diamond Tooth Gerties, take a First Nation’s river tour, and enjoy life under the midnight sun.

Have you tried it? Please share…


978 2 Avenue, Dawson, Yukon, Canada


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