Tuesday, February 13, 2007
THE SOURTOE COCKTAIL: A Canadian Tradition
This posting was inspired by British ex-pat Eddie Waring (now in L.A.) who posted a gruesome toe story on his blog.
And Winterpeg’s Homo Escapeons who reminded me of The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), which in turn reminded me of the CRTC’s Canadian Content (CanCon) requirements. So this is my effort to increase my CanCon quota on this blog.
And now (without further rambling) … the story of Canada’s Sourtoe Cocktail.
Established in 1973, the Sourtoe Cocktail has become a Dawson City tradition.
The original rules were that the toe must be placed in a beer glass full of champagne, and that the toe must touch the drinker's lips during the consumtion of the alcohol before he or she can claim to be a true Sourtoer.
The rules have changed in the past twenty-seven years. The Sourtoe can be had with any drink now (even ones that aren't alcoholic), but one rule remains the same. The drinker's lips must touch the toe. " You can drink it fast, you can drink it slow-- But the lips have gotta touch the toe."
The Sourtoes are actual human toes that have been dehydrated and preserved in salt. Swallowing one is not suggested.
Source: The Sourtoe Cocktail Club FAQ