Someone ripped off the key ingredient to a “toe-tally” disgusting cocktail in Canada.
A pickled human toe — the selling point to the Downtown Hotel’s “Sourtoe Cocktail” — was stolen on Saturday, staffers told CBC.
“We are furious,” said Terry Lee, the hotel’s “Toe Captain.” “Toes are very hard to come by.”
The $5 cocktail is simple: a toe floating in a shot of whiskey.
“You can drink it fast, you can drink it slow, but your lips must touch the toe!” the hotel’s website states, alhough patrons are charged a fine for swallowing (or stealing) the toe.
According to Lee, the hotel intends to fine and charge the toe thief unless it is returned safely.
“Stunts like this adversely affect the whole community,” Lee said. “We fortunately have a couple of back up toes, but we really need this one back.”
Prepping the toe as a cocktail ingredient is a long process. Hotel manager Geri Coulbourne told the outlet that the stolen toe was cured in salt for six months after having been donated by a man who had it surgically removed.
“This was our new toe, and it was a really good one,” she said. “We just started using it this weekend.”
The hotel said the suspect had bragged about wanting to steal the toe, and convinced a bartender to serve him after the nightly 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. “Toe Time.”
“One of the staff served it to him to be nice. And this is how he pays her back,” Lee said. “What a low life.”
This isn’t the first time that the Downtown Hotel has run into toe trouble. In 2013, a patron swallowed his cocktail, toe and all, and slapped the $500 fine for swallowing the toe on the bar before leaving. The Hotel then upped its fine for swallowing or stealing the toe to $2,500.
The “Sourtoe,” which has been around since 1973, may not seem hygienic, but the Chief Medical Officer of Yukon signed off on the tradition, according to The Star.
Bargoers worried about health risks associated with the elixir, around since 1973, need not fret, experts have said.
“Risk of freezing on the way the bar or being attacked by a pack of wolves would be higher,” a Health and Social Services worker told the Wall Street Journal.