Would you drink a cocktail with a dehydrated human toe floating in the glass? A surprising number of brave visitors to the Downtown Hotel in Dawson City, Canada, have answered yes to that question. But the so-called Sourtoe Cocktail is missing one of its legendary ingredients after a thief made off with the spooky digit on Saturday night.
The hotel, which is situated about 65 miles east of the Alaska-Canada border and is home to the Sourdough Saloon, has accumulated a bizarre selection of dehydrated toes over the years by preserving them in rock salt, the Alaska Dispatch reported.
Terry Lee, a bar employee who fashions himself the “toe master,” claims that a man walked into the bar on Saturday night after midnight and ordered a Sourtoe Cocktail – a shot of any kind of liquor with one of the infamous toes submerged inside. Patrons who successfully complete the shot, which involves letting the toe touch their lips, receive an honorary certificate.
When the bartender turned her back, though, the man picked up the glass and walked out of the bar. Toe Master Lee is not having it.
“We have a name,” he warned. “We have two witnesses. This guy is in deep trouble.”
Deep trouble indeed: the Royal Canadian Mounted Police forced announced on Tuesday that it has Mounties investigating the theft, which is punishable with a fine of up to $2,500. No arrests had been made nor had the toe been recovered by the time of the announcement, with a police spokesperson declining to provide details due to the ongoing nature of the investigation.
Future visitors to the Downtown Hotel should fear not, as the Sourtoe Cocktail is still on the menu. The stolen digit was a dehydrated second toe (the one next to the big toe) and Toe Master Lee has some others in reserve.