A British explorer is donating his amputated toe to a bar that serves cocktails with preserved human toes as garnish. Nick Griffiths had participated in the Yukon Arctic Race in February, but his race was cut short when he had to be transported to a hospital for frostbite. Turns out he needed three of his toes amputated. Griffiths then asked if his toes could be sent off to the Downtown Hotel in Dawson City, Yukon to make their signature drink: the Sourtoe Cocktail.
The hotel bar has been serving the cocktail since 1973. It includes a shot of whiskey with a shrunken human toe. They’ve reportedly preserved 10 dismembered toes, which are also displayed on its Wall of Fame, each toe with its own story behind it. About 100,000 patrons have ordered the Sourtoe, according to the bar.
There are only two rules for drinking the cocktail:
- One, you can’t swallow the toe - which has happened resulting in a $500 fine.
- Two, bartenders tell patrons “you can drink it fast, you can drink it slow, but your lips much touch the toe.”
Griffiths told his surgeon what he wanted to do with his toes and he says the surgeon found it “quite amusing.” Nevertheless, the hospital gave him his toes in three small jars so Griffiths can send them on their way- if he can figure out a way. He jokes, “The only problem is I’m not sure you can just send amputated toes through the post."