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Someone stole a mummified human toe from a bar

21 June 2017

A mummified human toe that is the key ingredient in a unusual drinking ritual in Dawson City has been stolen.

The Sourdough Saloon at Dawson City's Downtown Hotel was enraged by the theft of the toe used to create its Sourtoe Cocktail, which is dropped in a shot of whiskey that the drinker must swallow until the toe touches their lips.

"We are furious", said Terry Lee of the hotel.

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There are spares, Colbourne said, but the donated toes can be hard to come by.

There are several back-up toes available but bar staff say this was their newest and freshest. "Stunts like this adversely affect the whole community, not just the Downtown Hotel".

According to Lee, the hotel intends to fine and charge the toe thief unless it is returned safely.

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One customer tried the signature drink on Saturday, swallowing the drink before making off with the toe. It had been $500 until August 2013, when a patron gulped back the entire cocktail - toe and all - and slapped $500 on the table. The toe-guzzler was allegedly from New Orleans and went by the handle, "Josh".

It was a new one, and "it was really good", hotel manager Geri Coulbourne said, according to the outlet. "And this is how he pays her back", Lee said.

In 2013, a man who participated in the challenge swallowed the toe on goal and left $500 to pay the fine; the hotel had two toes in rotation at the time. "What a low life", Lee said. Those who took the drink became members of the Sourtoe Cocktail Club. The hotel said it had received 10 donated toes - big toes are preferred - over the years, including a few that were left to the establishment through wills.

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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 named Louie Liken, who had it removed after a bout of frostbite in the 1920s.

Someone stole a mummified human toe from a bar