Marine necks Sourtoe cocktail made out of his own amputated toe

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Handout photo taken with permission from the twitter feed of @SourtoeCocktail/Downtown Hotel of former British Marine Nick Griffiths, who has become the first person to drink a cocktail using his own mummified toe, after losing it to frostbite during a race in Yukon. PA Photo. Picture date: Tuesday September 24, 2019. After losing three toes during an extreme 300-mile long winter marathon, Griffiths from Bolton returned to Yukon to take the first drink containing his own amuptated digit. See PA story SOCIAL Toe. Photo credit should read: Anne @SourtoeCocktail/Downtown Hotel/Twitter/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Nick lost his toe to frostbite during a race in Yukon and now hes downed it (Picture: PA)

A former British Marine has become the first person to drink a cocktail using his own mummified toe, after losing it to frostbite during a race in Yukon.

After losing three toes during an extreme 300-mile long winter marathon, Nick Griffiths from Bolton returned to Yukon to take the first drink containing his own amuptated toe.

While in hospital, a nurse showed him a video of the Sourtoe Cocktail challenge – a tradition from the Downtown Hotel in Dawson City, Yukon.

Dating back to 1973, the tradition involves drinking a shot of whiskey containing a mummified human toe.

The 47 year old decided to donate his toes to the hotel, after learning they were experiencing a shortage because people had either accidentally swallowed or stolen them.

Handout photo taken with permission from the twitter feed of @SourtoeCocktail/Downtown Hotel of former British Marine Nick Griffiths, who has become the first person to drink a cocktail using his own mummified toe, after losing it to frostbite during a race in Yukon. PA Photo. Picture date: Tuesday September 24, 2019. After losing three toes during an extreme 300-mile long winter marathon, Griffiths from Bolton returned to Yukon to take the first drink containing his own amuptated digit. See PA story SOCIAL Toe. Photo credit should read: Anne @SourtoeCocktail/Downtown Hotel/Twitter/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Nick Griffiths returned to Yukon to take the first drink containing his own amuptated toe (Picture: PA)
Handout photo taken with permission from the Facebook page of Downtown Hotel in Yukon of former British Marine Nick Griffiths, who has become the first person to drink a cocktail using his own mummified toe, after losing it to frostbite during a race in Yukon. PA Photo. Picture date: Tuesday September 24, 2019. After losing three toes during an extreme 300-mile long winter marathon, Griffiths from Bolton returned to Yukon to take the first drink containing his own amuptated digit. See PA story SOCIAL Toe. Photo credit should read: Downtown Hotel/Facebook/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Dating back to 1973, the Sourtoe Cocktail challenge involves drinking a shot of whiskey containing a mummified human toe (Picture: PA)

It took six weeks to be mummified with rock salt before it was ready to be used.

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Last night, Mr Griffiths became the first person to drink a cocktail containing the toe, at a launch party held at the hotel.

He said: It wasnt as bad as you would think – it would more like a lump of ice than anything else.

The toe looked exactly as it was the last time I had seen it.

The tradition was first started with a toe that had been amputated due to frostbite, and they said for them to get another big toe, that was amputated due to frostbite was the motherload. It was the full circle.