The hotel has gained notoriety for the Sourtoe cocktail, and the Sourtoe cocktail began during prohibition, with a case of frostbite, and in the 1920's, 2 outlaw brothers, Louie and Otto ended up in a blizzard, and then Louie soaked his foot, and when the brothers got back to their cabin, Louie's right foot was frozen solid, which is reminiscent to frostbite, and Louie's toe ended up becoming gangrenous, which Otto amputated it, and then placed it in the jar filled with burbon to commemorate the event.
To gain admittance to the club, members must drink the sourtoe cocktail and the lips of the participant must touch the toe. Over 69,000 customers had tried the concoction, although a customer intentionally swallowed the toe in 2013, and Bartender Terry Lee says they wanted to have another toe donated, because several toes have been damaged, stolen, swallowed or lost over the span of decades.
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