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Drinking a Real, Mummified, Human Toe: The Sour Toe Cocktail Club

 Drinking a Real, Mummified, Human Toe: The Sour Toe Cocktail Club

Curious about the toe? This YouTube Video tells the whole story…

The Sour Toe Cocktail Club was originated by Captain Dick (you can read the history here). It’s an eerily, curious drink that only the bravest try.

You Too Can Become a SourToe Cocktail Club Member

If you’re up for the challenge, visit the Downtown Hotel in Dawson City, Canada. It’s in the Yukon Territory. Stop in the bar and ask what time the “Toe Captain” will be there to drop the toe into your shot. On my most recent trip, it was posted that he was there every day from 7-9 P.M.

Buy Your Cocktail and Toe

 Drinking a Real, Mummified, Human Toe: The Sour Toe Cocktail Club

Start with your shot of choice. The preferred liquor is Yukon Jack, though any 40 Proof liquor will suffice (it helps to kill whatever’s on the toe – at least that’s what I told myself). Shots were around $6.00.

Visit the “Toe Captain” nearby (you can’t miss him, he’s wearing the Captain’s hat), and purchase your toe. It’s only $5.00 for the privilege, but you’ll have to give it back.

The toe itself is indeed a real, human toe. It’s been mummified and preserved in salt. It’s brown and black, toenail included and is cavernous where the bone would be. It’s disgusting to look at.

When you’re ready, borrow a Captain’s hat nearby and prepare for your adventure.

Drink it Fast, or…

 Drinking a Real, Mummified, Human Toe: The Sour Toe Cocktail Club

Take a deep breath, stare at the toe-shot and as they say,

“Drink it fast, or drink it slow, but your lips must touch the toe.”

 Drinking a Real, Mummified, Human Toe: The Sour Toe Cocktail Club


 Drinking a Real, Mummified, Human Toe: The Sour Toe Cocktail Club

It sounds and looks more revolting than what it really is. But it’s not all that bad. Just don’t drink the toe! Our toe was about 8-10 years old. So it’s not the first. Other toes have been lost and (gulp) accidentally ingested. So let the toe fall on your lips, but keep those lips tight!

Still worried? Over 43,000 people have done it without incident. Join the Sour Toe Club!

 Drinking a Real, Mummified, Human Toe: The Sour Toe Cocktail Club

Would you ever try a Sour Toe Cocktail? Why or why not? Share by commenting.

I’ll see you out there…!



I’m member number 11419 or 11421, my husband is 11420. we joined in 1993, but I sadly lost my membership card when my purse was stolen in Amsterdam several years later. I had the smallest toe in a Black Russian cocktail on the advice of the barman. You can’t see the toe in a dark drink. Just about everyone in the bar joined that night and Black Russian which I had for the first time back then, is still my favourite cocktail. Glad the Sourtoe is still going strong.


It sounds like you’ll need to make a return trip and get a new card!


Thats is a really gross! Even worse than eating cockroach in China!!


gross gross gross! It cracks me up that insane traditions like this get started. I am not at all surprised that it is a popular challenge, though.


I’m a member of the club….number 40507 to be exact. People don’t believe me until they see the pictures. I survived haha!


Oooh, post it on my Facebook Wall, I want to see!

Tawny from Captain and Clark

Bahahaha! Awesome! I know what we’re doing next time we’re in the area. I can’t believe people send their toes in. Are these toes that have been accidentally chopped off & they had nothing better to do with it- or are they toes of the deceased whose last wish was that their toe be kissed by so many people? So intriguing!


These toes have been “willed” from what they said. I don’t think I’d send in my toe, just in case I need it later on.


omg…I have heard and seen those on TV travel program before, did not know someone would actually do it x_X

If my boyfriend drink that, I think I am not kissing him for a while until he clean his teeth 2 times and also use Listerine like 5 times. (shivers)

Anyway, you are a brave one x_X
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Lots of people do it, though one guy in our group of six wouldn’t dare touch it.


oh my gosh. i’m cringing in total and complete disgust!! that is so flipping awesome!!! there are so many questions on my mind like – WHO’S toe is that and how did they get it?? where do they keep the toe during non 7- 9pm hours?? eeks. thanks for sharing this unique experience!
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Not sure who’s toe it is. It was about 10 years old. People send them their toes in their will, believe it or not. The toe is kept in a small jar with preservatives. Any other questions?

Ron | fliptravels.com

im actually squirming in front of my computer! HAHAHAHA
being a nurse, this shouldn’t freak me out! but the idea of kissing a dead man’s body part is simply, simply… outrageous is an understatement!

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It wasn’t a long kiss. Hahaha

Barbara - The Dropout Diaries

Oh, I actually feel queasy after reading that. That’s how gross it is.
When my Darling Man ate fried crickets in Cambodia, I couldn’t kiss him for weeks. I don’t think anyone’s going to go near your toe-lips for a while. Blerch. Yerch. Oh… gotta get away from this screen that grossed me out so much.
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Hey Barbara, No kissing due to crickets? That’s a bit harsh. Crickets are like potato chips. But I’d forgive you for waiting a while for the toe cocktail.

Cathy Sweeney

Gross!! Where do these toes come from? I’d have to have A LOT of Yukon Jack before I’d try it, but I think I would! Good video work.
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People actually send in their toes for this, believe it or not. They mail them in. The bar can’t purchase them because it’s against the law to buy body parts – or something like that. But they can willingly accept them. Have a toe to spare?


Okay Cynthia, now you’re making me laugh.


oh my gah, oh my gah, oh my gah. No way would I do that sober!!! And that looks like a freakin’ huge toe, too!
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So you’re saying, you may do it not sober?

Ian [EagerExistence]

Thats disgusting! But, I never turn down a drinking challenge. If Im ever in the Yukon, Ill have to look this Captain Toe guy up.
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Yay! Finally someone with a sense of adventure.

Debbie Beardsley @ European Travelista

I don’t know that I would really do this! Your title drew me in but I have to say that toe is gross. Guess the alcohol you drink out of it will sterilize it, so there are no worries but I think I’ll pass. Thanks just the same.
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As long as it’s 40 proof, I think you’ll be fine. There’s probably more germs and bacteria on the half-washed glass.



That was gross!!! We could not even get you to eat your veggies growing up, but as an adult you have had some very strange items hit those lips. The toe tops it.


Well, I guess you got what you wished for? Now I eat lots of things.


It’s like a car accident. You know you’re not supposed to look, but something begs you to do it anyway.


I had my choice of hats. That one looked the most Captain-y.


NOOOOO! But I so enjoy the outrageous things you do nd discover, not to mention the trade mark grin which never leaves you.
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The grin was extra big that night!


I don’t think I could take it that far? I’d need a whole foot for the bottle.


Interesting story, but don’t think I’ll eve be a member of the Sour Toe Club – can’t believe it’s in Canada either.
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Awww, too bad. It’s a proud Canadian piece of travel history. Be proud of your homeland, lol. What if we put the toe in a mug of Tim Hortons?


Oh.my.god! I can’t believe that you did it! Yikes! You are a brave man, Ben….kudos!
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OMW – Whilst I hate feet (even my own), I just had to check this out… Very brave, I think I might have had to follow the cocktail with something strong to recover!
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I hate feet too. But I had some liquid courage BEFORE the shot to help me get through it.