Who will drink the 100,000th toe?
That’s the question the Downtown Hotel in Dawson City, Yukon, is asking this summer as it prepares to pour and serve its signature Sourtoe Cocktail inside the Sourdough Saloon.
Located on a street corner in the frontier town, where dirt roads and wooden boardwalks still rule, the red-painted wood building with white trim looks like part of a Western movie set. Step inside the dim saloon and you’ll be transported back to a time when gold fever gripped miners and whisky warmed them up.
For those not in the know, the cocktail in question is a shot of alcohol that’s at least 80 proof, most commonly Yukon Jack whisky, with a mummified human toe plunked into the glass.
The oddity was created after resident Captain Dick Stevenson found an amputated toe bobbing in a Mason jar filled with overproof rum inside an old prospecting cabin. The toe belonged to gold-miner-cum-bootlegger Louie Liken, who had lost his…