Tuesday, February 13, 2007

THE SOURTOE COCKTAIL: A Canadian Tradition

Drink up!

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


  1. Uh....

    I think I will stick to my vodka on the rocks.

    No toes please.

  2. Oh! That fucking bitch!

  3. That is disgusting.

  4. *vomits*

    *looks at photo again*

    *vomits violently*

  5. **looks at maidink's vomit... vomits**

    (I cant stand vomit)

  6. You Lot: This is not a vomitorium.

    Please go to Tazzy and Piggy's blog if you feel the urge to spew.

  7. What a coincidence! I just saw this on the Globetrekker show on PBS on Sunday. Watching someone actually drink this was revolting.

  8. Anon: Thank you for not puking on my blog.

  9. Of all things to read today. That picture is so not sitting well with me! I have quite the phobia of feet you know.

  10. I bet you've got a lot of sour toe memorabilia at home, MJ. I bet you've got loads of clippings.

    I had something very strange in my paprika chicken dish last night.

  11. RYC about my rim... it is not time yet.. patience.

  12. Ang: Welcome!

    Foot phobia? You won’t want to read some of my previous postings then.

    Geoff: Toe clippings. Har.

    Spikey: Not another word about your rim!

  13. *laughs at piggy*

    *pokes piggy with stick*

  14. I'd prefer to have that little Piggy touch my lips than the other little Piggy.

    Though I imagine the taste would be similar.

    Toetally Fucking Disgusting.

  15. From what I understand they have lost (swallowed) a lot of toes over the years... where do they get the new ones from?

    Anyone wanting to donate?

  16. lips that touch liquor will never touch mine
    only those pure of toe ever will be mine

    wasnt' that what started toehibition?

  17. I would only do it if I could choose the toe. I would want a nice manicured one, female, and not a big toe either. The little one or the one next to it.

  18. Awa: *laffs at Awa laffing at Piggy*

    Excellent timing on beating Piggy to first place.

    SID: You’ve tasted the wee Piggy.

    And it was good.

    Dirty cunt.

    Ginny: They’ve no shortage of inebriated toe donors.

    FN: But if you’re minus a toe, wouldn’t you have difficulty bootlegging?

    Eddie: In other words, you want “this little Piggy.”

    I think we can be of assistance.

    *laffs up sleeve at Eddie who hasn’t been officially inducted onto this blog yet and hence knows not the ways of the Piggy. Poor unsuspecting sod*

  19. poor eddie. well, it was nice while it lasted.

  20. Happy Valentine's Day, Ms Infomaniacal MJ!!

  21. Pink: Let's hope he'll be back.

    Awa: Same to you, Mississippi Mama!

  22. I became a Sourtoe Club member Sept 2007. I had to go first or I would have lost my nerve. It was not that bad. Just don't look directly at it.

  23. BARBARA: It's not that bad?

    I'll take your word for it.