There's a special place in hell for people who screw with other people's adult beverages, and for Dawson City, Yukon, that unshakeable truism just got really personal this week. The town is famous for its "Sourtoe Cocktail," a drink served at the local joint the Downtown Hotel. The crucial ingredient to the cocktail is a preserved human toe, which is used to top a shot of whisky. The traditional rule goes that the drinker must allow the toe to touch their lips while shooting the hooch. This fun, bizarre local tradition fell apart this this past weekend when some total jabroni decided to steal the toe.
"We are furious," Terry Lee, the hotel's "Toe Captain," righteously responded in a press release this week. "Toes are very hard to come by."
Let's back up and put this into context. Dawson City is a town of less than 1,400 residents. The Sourtoe Cocktail has been a popular tradition and tourist draw for years partly because it's so unique to the city, but also because it hearkens back to the Klondike region's Gold Rush heritage. As Lee -- a gray-haired local who wears spectacles -- unapologetically stated in this video a few years back, looking directly at the camera: "This is the Yukon. This is a very strange place, where very strange characters hang out." The thieves have gone and pissed Lee off.