I was very fortunate to be invited by Yukon Tourism on a trip to Whitehorse during the Olympic Games on February 20th, 2010. It was an absolutely amazing day! We left Vancouver on an 8:30am flight, spent the day in and around Whitehorse and were back in Vancouver just after midnight the same day. Awesome!
I will be posting a series of posts of my experience of that day, but one I would like to feature here is Captain Dick’s Sourtoe Cocktail of Dawson City.
What is a Sourtoe Cocktail you ask? Well… you may be sorry that you asked… I tried not to think too much about it when I drank the cocktail and you will understand why in a moment…
A Sourtoe Cocktail is your choice of either Yukon Jack Whiskey or Klondike Vodka, both distilled in Yukon. Then… the Captain drops a dehydrated human toe (toe nail and all!), which is stored in salt, into the drink!
Before you drink it, the Captain recites, “the toe goes into your drink. You can drink it fast, or you can drink it slow. But the toe must touch your lips, and I must witness that.”
As you will see in the video below, I became a member of the Sourtoe Cocktail Club that day. I received a certificate and wallet card to prove it! In fact, I am member number 34,958! Wow, that’s a lot of people kissing a dead toe!
For more information about the Sourtoe Cocktail, please visit the Sourtoe Cocktail Club website.
For more photos of the event and more of the Yukon trip, please visit my Flickr page.