Thom should donate a toe to the cause and they can call that drink a Thom Collins.
Captain Dick Stevenson, Inventor of the Yukon’s Legendary Sourtoe Cocktail.
According to Dick Stevenson, he found the first toe in a cabin he bought in Dawson City in the early 1970s. It turned up in a pickle jar while Stevenson was cleaning out the cabin. A dried up human toe in a jar, frostbitten, supposedly cut off a prospector decades earlier.
Naturally, Stevenson thought it should go in a drink, and that’s how the Sourtoe Cocktail was born.
The mummified toe was placed in a beer glass full of champagne for those brave enough to accept the challenge. But to join the exclusive Sourtoe Cocktail Club at the Downtown Hotel, there is one rule: “You can drink it fast, you can drink it slow, but your lips must touch the toe.”
“I thought maybe only 10 or 12 people would ever do it,” Stevenson said in a 2017 interview.
But now, 50 years later, the club is 90,000 members strong and growing.
Over the years, the Downtown Hotel has accepted more than 10 amputated toe donations to help replace those that have been swallowed or stolen
. And now, Stevenson’s own big toes will join the collection.
“I’m pretty sure I’m the only daughter in history that has to, following my dad’s will, make sure that his toes are removed and dried and make it up to Dawson City,” Stevenson’s daughter Dixie said.