Where Did the Term “Mickey” For an Altered Alcoholic Drink Come From and What Does the Word Mean?

A mickey is an alcoholic drink that’s been altered to incapacitate the person who drinks it.

It’s become a very dangerous idea, especially for young women, but it started out innocently enough in a Chicago bar owned by a man named Mickey Finn.

Around the turn of the twentieth century, Finn discovered that he could get rid of an obnoxious customer by slipping a diarrheic into his drink.

Within minutes the troublesome drinker would have urgently left the bar.

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