Koktajl z kawałekiem ludzkiego ciała?
Kanadyjski koktajl, mający swój początek w 1973 roku to połączenie alkoholu i zmumifikowanego palca ludzkiego. Sourtoe Coctail serwowany jest tylko i wyłącznie w hotelu Downtown w Dawson. W tym miejscu właśnie w ok. 1920 roku został odcięty palec Otto Likena ( aby zapobiec gangrenie) i schowany do słoika z bourbonem. 50 lat później znalazł go kapitan Dick Stevenson, który wypił zawartość słoja i w ten sposób zapoczątkował istnienie najdziwniejszego koktajlu świata…
Główną zasadą picia tego napoju jest picie alkoholu dotkając ustami palca w nim zanużonego.
Skąd brane są palce do drinków? Otóż istnieje wiele patronów i fanów tego przedsięwzięcia, którzy oddają palce amputowane z różnych przyczyn.
Jednym z nich był zmarły 14 listopada 2019r kapitan Dick Stevenson- twórca napoju.
Canada is regarded as one of the most beautiful country in the world. Most people focus on the geographical beauty of the Rocky Mountains found between Alberta and British Columbia, or the dramatic cliff coastlines of the maritime provinces. Or maybe even the rainforests of British Columbia. But Canada has one gem reserved for the truly wild at heart. In the Canadian North you will find the Yukon territory. With a total land and water area of approximately 480 000 km2 (100 000km2 bigger than Poland!), the territory is home to only 35 000 people (approximately the same as Lebork). With such a large size and low population, the Yukon is very sparsely populated. The territory is well known nationally for its expansive and untouched wilderness.
Deep in this wilderness is the small town of Dawson City. With a population of 1 400 people, it is the second largest municipality in the territory, second only to Whitehorse. While this small town already has its place in history for being a major hub during the Klondike Goldrush era, the SourToe Cocktail has brought international infamy and notoriety to its doorstep in recent decades. However, the Legend begins much earlier. During prohibition, two brothers Louie and Otto Liken were rum runners. And one day things went sideways. During a blizzard Louie put his foot through the ice and into the freezing waters. By the time he got back to his cabin his foot was frozen and was suffering from severe frostbite. To prevent serious complications like gangrene (tissue death) Otto cut his brothers big toe off. The toe was put into a jar with bourbon and left in the cabin where it was found by Captain Dick Stevenson fifty years later in 1973.
And somehow the Sourtoe Cocktail was created. This cocktail is served exclusively at the Downtown Hotel in Dawson. The quirky drink consists of two ingredients: a shot of choice hard alcohol and a mummified human toe. For $5 the Toe Master, called The Captain will pour you a drink and explain the rules, “you can drink it fast, you can drink it slow, but your lips must touch the toe.” The Captain will stay will you until the drink is finished and serve as a witness. When a patron successfully kisses the toe they gain admittance into exclusive Sourtoe Cocktail Club and are given a certificate as proof. Over the decades toes have been swallowed, stolen and of course have deteriorated. But patrons and fans have donated toes due to accidental amputation, frostbite, diabetes, inoperable toe corns and some even anonymously. As of 2013 swallowing the toe will result in a $2 500 fine due to theft, destruction of private property, loss of revenue and cannibalism. The Sourtoe Cocktail has been in Canadian news recently as Captain Dick Stevenson, the drink’s creator passed away on November 14, 2019 at the age of 89. He has willed his toes to the Downtown Hotel, ensuring the legendary story and drink will live on.
McLean’s Canada: What it feels like to join the sourtoe cocktail club in Dawson City (1:02)
CBC: Sourtoe: The Story of the Sorry Cannibal Documentary (17:37)
My name is Madison. I am from Alberta, Canada. I like to read books, go hiking and explore new cities. Even though I am Canadian, I don't watch hockey and I don't like snow. I graduated from The University of Lethbridge in 2018 after studying English Literature and Art History for six years. I have travelled to the Mexican state, Nayarit and to Tokyo, Japan. I hope to travel all over the world.