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Terry Lee, "Toe Master" at the downtown hotel

A former British commando made a very special donation to a distant Canadian hotel – his severed toe.

Nick Griffiths had his big toe posted at the Downtown Hotel in Dawson after being injured by frostbite during an extreme marathon in 2018.

The former Royal Marine has promised to give it in the hope of returning to the Yukon to prepare the Sourtoe cocktail with his own memory.

The famous cocktail ingredient is another mummified human toe.

For more than four decades, tourists and residents have been able to order an alcoholic cocktail of their choice accompanied by a dried-out human toe floating inside.

A local saying says, "You can drink quickly, you can drink slowly, but your lips must touch the toe."

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Mr. Griffiths was badly shot in the left foot during a marathon in 2018 in the Yukon

It is traditionally served with Yukon Gold whiskey and must touch the lips of the drinkers to obtain a bar certificate.

More than 86,000 Sourtoe cocktails have been served since 1973 when Yukon fly boat captain Dick Stevenson discovered a toe preserved in an abandoned cabin.

"We could not be happier to receive a new toe," said Downtown Hotel General Manager Adam Gerle in a statement.

"They are very hard to find these days and this generous" nation of the mind "will help ensure the continuity of the tradition."

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The toe arrived via Royal Mail with a handwritten note from Nick Griffiths

Griffiths competed in the Yukon Arctic Ultra 2018 – a multi-day winter marathon, where participants could compete in 100, 300 and 430 km races – but gave up after developing a strong frostbite in his left foot. Exhausting test.

He then returned to the UK to recover at the hospital.

Mr. Griffiths's big toe was kept in medical grade alcohol after amputation. Terry Toe Master will take about six weeks to be mummified on a salt before it is added to the drink.

Mr. Gerle told the BBC that the cocktail had four or five fingers in the living room, but that "nothing is ruder" than the big toe.

The hotel has made public calls before asking people to donate amputated toes, but Mr. Griffiths' gift is "the first one that is usable".

Toes have been swallowed or stolen in the past.

The hotel announced that it would pay Mr. Griffiths to come to the Yukon and test a Sourtoe cocktail with his own foot later this summer.