A Yukon bar seeks the return of a possibly purloined severed toe.
The Downtown Hotel Sourdough Saloon in Dawson City, a town in the Yukon about 65 miles east of the U.S. border, keeps a collection of donated severed toes for its signature drink: The Sourtoe Cocktail. But one of the toes went missing early Sunday morning, and bar “toe master” Terry Lee suspects a customer stole it, reports The Alaska Dispatch News.
Lee told the newspaper a man came in just after midnight and ordered the cocktail, a shot of alcohol garnished with a human toe. The man walked out the toe when a bartender turned her back, he said.
“We have a name. We have two witnesses,” Lee told the paper. “This guy is in deep trouble.”
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The Royal Canadian Mounted Police are investigating, reports The Weather Network. Lee told the site the toe brings in $80,000 in sales each year from customers seeking to partake in the bar’s famed but grisly tradition.
“You can drink it fast, you can drink it slow, but your lips must touch the toe,” boasts the Sourdough Bar website.
The cocktail’s origins are said to date back to 1973, when local Dick Stevenson discovered a jar containing the amputated toe of a rum runner who had it removed after a bout of frostbite in the 1920s. He reportedly brought the toe to the Sourdough Saloon, where he would encourage patrons to put it in their drinks on a dare, reports Canada 24 News.
The bar lost the original toe in 1980 when a patron fell off fhis chair and accidentally swallowed it. A second toe was lost in 2013, when a patron swallowed it and paid a $500 fine. The penalty has since been boosted to $2,500.