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Innovator of the famous ‘Sourtoe Cocktail’ has died

Captain Dick Stevenson pouring himself a drink

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Courtesy Downtown Hotel

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This photo of Captain Dick Stevenson hangs over the bar.

Captain Cock Stevenson, the guy behind the well known “Sourtoe Cocktail” served at a hotel bar in Canada’s Yukon Area because the 1970 s, has actually passed away at 89.

Visitors to the Downtown Hotel in Dawson City have the ability to purchase any alcoholic mixed drink served with a mummified human toe drifting in it.

Nearly 100,000 people from all over the world have actually tasted it.

The key guideline: “You can consume it quick, you can drink it slow, however your lips have actually got ta touch the toe”.

The tradition initially started in 1973 when Mr Stevenson, then a Yukon riverboat captain, and some friends discovered a maintained toe in an abandoned cabin.

They came up with the concept of the Sourtoe Cocktail and the guidelines around becoming a member of the special club of those who have downed the mixture – notably that a person’s lips must can be found in contact with the toe.

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Downtown Hotel

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Nearly 100,000 people have joined the Sourtoe Mixed drink club since1973

Considering that its creation, the club has actually acquired (by donation) over 10 toes.

Dawson City locals paid homage to Mr Stevenson – a “Yukon legend” – upon news of his death.

The main Dawson City Twitter account wrote on Thursday: “Captain Cock was a real vibrant five-percenter who altered Dawson’s brand name. His legacy is cemented with the Sourtoe Cocktail, but we’ll constantly remember him for his undying love of Dawson City”.

A “vibrant five-percenter” is a Yukon term for a particular character who personifies the area’s unique frontier spirit.

The Downtown Hotel remembered Mr Stevenson as “a significant ambassador for Dawson City”.

” His passion, creativity and energy will be missed out on and we are grateful for the legacy he left,” it said in a statement. “Rest in Peace Captain Cock!”

Yukoner Paul Robitaille composed on Twitter: “He was strange and whacky, but represented a lot of the things that I enjoy about the Yukon and Yukoners. Next Toe’s for you, Cock!”

His daughter Dixie Stevenson informed broadcaster CBC among her father’s dreams was for his toes to be protected and donated to the Sourtoe Cocktail club.

The hotel plans to commemorate his tradition in co-ordination with his family.

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