One of the toe’s used for Dawson City’s Sourtoe Cocktail. Photo by TravelingOtter.

Creator of Yukon’s Sourtoe Cocktail dies at 89

The man behind the iconic Sourtoe Cocktail has died.

As reported by Kelowna Now, Dick Stevenson, otherwise known as Captain Dick, passed away on Thursday at 89 years old.

Stevenson, a bartender in Dawson City, Yukon, became a popular figure after he found a preserved frostbitten human toe in 1973 and used it as inspiration for an alcoholic concoction.

The drink, sold at Sourdough Saloon in the Dawson Hotel, has attracted more than 93,000 customers who are members of Stevenson’s Sourtoe Cocktail Club.

To become a member, guests drink a shot of whiskey in a glass with the pickled toe.

“You can drink it fast, you can drink it slow, but your lips must touch the toe,” the membership requirement states.

Stephen Lancaster, manager of the hotel told Kelowna Now that he is thinking of how to best honour Stevenson.

“When I walked into the bar last night, it was quite a sad feeling knowing that we lost somebody who was really important to the history of the place,” he said.

Lancaster added that Stevenson’s Sourtoe Cocktails will continue to be served even though he is gone as his will asks that the two big toes be preserved for future drinks.