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.
Diffordsguide.com 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.
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.