Suspicious Shots

Drinking is usually a pleasurable experience, but some people feel the need to elevate the experience to make it a little more rugged.

Atop our list is Dawson City, Yukon’s, famous Sourtoe Cocktail. The local tradition of downing drinks containing a severed human toe, “gnarled and leathery like a stale pepperoni stick”, goes back to the early 1970s.

Served up by the Sourdough Saloon at the Downtown Hotel, the toe can be added to a patron’s drink of choice (locals recommend straight Yukon Jack) for an extra $5. After reciting the lines “you can drink it fast, you can drink it slow, but your lips must touch the toe” and downing the drink, you get a wallet-sized certificate.

Some 65,000 people have joined the “Sourtoe Cocktail Club” since its inception.

One Saturday night last year a patron purposefully swallowed the toe as he downed his drink, pushing the official 1 – 10 Medium Rare Puke-Factor scale to about a 17,

Incredibly, it’s not the first time it’s happened. Over the years, new toes have been donated to the bar in peoples’ wills, and one toe was donated by a dude who lost his in a lawnmower accident. recently put together a select guide to the world’s weirdest drinks.  Topping their list is a whiskey made by harvesting sugar molecules from the glucose-rich urine of elderly diabetics and adding them to the mash.

James Gilpin, a graduate of Design Interactions in London who suffers from Type 1 diabetes, used his own experience of the condition to explore and discuss issues around diabetes and science.

Part performance art, part activism, The Gilpen Family Whiskey project was on display at the 100% Materials, a design and architecture show in September 2010, where there were apparently tastings for the less squeamish of attendees.