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Micky Finn

Makers Mark, Maraschino, orgeat &

pineapple, sparkling wine & smidgeon of


The drink of “raw alcohol, snuff-soaked water and

a white liquid” supplied by a voodoo doctor created

by the unscrupulous bar owner Mickey Finn of the

Lone Star Saloon in what is now the South Loop

(once known as Whiskey Row, on State Street,

near 11th Street). Finn would serve his drug-laced

concoction as a special to hapless booze hounds,

effectively knocking them out only to be robbed

by Finn and thrown out onto the street. It’s no

surprise, then, that “slipping a mickey” became

part of drinking’s dark vernacular.