captain dick stevenson the inventor of the sourtoe cocktail

"Sourtoe" Dick Stevenson is still going strong and looking for a wife. His last wife left him so he's looking for another. He says he prefers a nice Chinese lady.

“Sourtoe” Dick Stevenson is still going strong and looking for a wife. His last wife left him so he’s looking for another. He says he prefers a nice Chinese lady.

About the story of how Dick invented the idea of the world famous Sourtoe Cocktail – evidently Dick found the first toe pickled in a jar in a remote cabin. After doing a lot of thinking upon getting back to Dawson City, he got the idea of serving something like “Champagne along with a toe dropped in,” Dick says.

“You could drink it fast, you could drink it slow, but the lips have got to touch the toe,” he says.

This happened years ago, and now the story of the Sourtoe Cocktail is a well-known folk story of the Yukon.

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