Mickey Slim Cocktail Recipe

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Mickey Slim cocktail, also known as the Mickey Finn, has a rather notorious history. It is believed to have originated in the early 20th century in Chicago, where bar owner Mickey Finn would serve this drink to unsuspecting patrons in order to rob them once they were incapacitated. The original recipe contained a dangerous mix of alcohol and knockout drugs, but modern versions of the cocktail are much safer and enjoyable.

  • The Mickey Slim gained popularity in the 1920s and 1930s during Prohibition
  • It was often served in speakeasies and underground bars
  • Today, the Mickey Slim is enjoyed as a unique and historical cocktail

How Mickey Slim Tastes?

The Mickey Slim has a complex taste, with a combination of sweet, sour, and bitter flavors. It is a strong and potent cocktail, with a smooth and velvety texture.

Interesting facts about Mickey Slim

  • The original Mickey Slim recipe contained dangerous substances, but modern versions are safe to consume
  • The cocktail is named after its creator, Mickey Finn, who used it to rob his patrons
  • The Mickey Slim has evolved over the years, with many variations and adaptations


A few good options for Mickey Slim are:

  • Brockmans
  • Silent Pool Gin
  • Hendrick's Gin

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Gin is the backbone of this cocktail, lending its herbal and botanical flavors to serve as a foundation. 2 oz is the sweet spot; any less, and you'll wonder where the party went, any more, and you might as well be frolicking in a juniper bush. Skip the gin, and you've basically got zesty limeade.

Mary Mitkina

Lime Juice

1 oz of lime juice gives you zing! It cuts through the gin's complexity and balances the sweet and sour profile. Without it, you lose the 'Mickey' in your 'Slim'. It's like taking the sunshine out of a summer day!

Mary Mitkina

Simple Syrup

Half an ounce of simple syrup is just enough to kiss the sharpness of the lime without making it a syrupy mess. Think of it as the peacemaker between gin’s botanical bite and lime’s tangy punch. Too much, and you'll be sipping sugar; too little, and the cocktail's flavors may be too harsh.

Alex Green

Egg White

The egg white is the secret to that silky mouthfeel and foamy top - a cocktail's version of a top hat. Without it, the drink feels naked, not quite finished. It's like forgetting the whipped cream on your pie - still good, but not quite right.

Mary Mitkina

Angostura Bitters

Two dashes of Angostura bitters are like the sprinkle of fairy dust; they add depth and a touch of spice that makes the drink more complex. Forget them, and your cocktail loses its charming final act.

Mary Mitkina

Lime Wheel

The garnish is more than just a pretty face; it's the inviting front door to your drink experience. No lime wheel, and you're not giving your drink the welcome it deserves.

Alex Green

Recipe. How to make Mickey Slim Drink

  1. In a cocktail shaker, combine the gin, lime juice, simple syrup, and egg white
  2. Dry shake (without ice) for 10-15 seconds to emulsify the egg white
  3. Add ice to the shaker and shake again for 15-20 seconds
  4. Strain the cocktail into a chilled coupe glass
  5. Add 2 dashes of Angostura bitters on top of the foam
  6. Garnish with a lime wheel

Pro Tips

  • Dry shake the cocktail first to properly emulsify the egg white
  • Use a chilled glass to keep the cocktail cool for longer
  • Fresh lime juice is always better than bottled for a fresher taste

Perfect Pairings

Food Pairings

  • Seafood: The clean, citrus notes of the lime juice complement many seafood dishes, such as grilled shrimp or a light seafood ceviche.
  • Spicy Foods: The cooling effect of the cocktail's gin and lime elements pair well with spicy dishes, offering a refreshing counterbalance to the heat.

Non-Alcoholic Drink Pairings

  • Sparkling Water: To cleanse the palate between sips, a glass of sparkling water can be a refreshing companion.
  • Green Tea: A non-alcoholic option with earthy tones that can align with the botanical notes of the gin without overpowering the drink's flavors.

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What you could change in Mickey Slim

  • Vodka can be used instead of gin for a different flavor profile
  • Lemon juice can be substituted for lime juice if desired
  • Agave syrup can replace simple syrup for a more natural sweetness

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And of course - twists🍹

Mickey Rose

  • Ingredients: 2 oz Gin, 1 oz Lime Juice, 0.75 oz Raspberry Syrup, 1 Egg White, 2 dashes Rose Water
  • Recipe: The same as the original but substitute the simple syrup for raspberry syrup and add rose water with the bitters. The result? A fruity and floral twist, that brings a garden party to your glass.

Slim & Spicy

  • Ingredients: 2 oz Gin, 1 oz Lime Juice, 0.5 oz Agave Syrup, 1 Egg White, 1 small slice of Jalapeño
  • Recipe: Swap the simple syrup for agave syrup and muddle the jalapeño slice in the shaker before adding the rest of the ingredients. This version brings the heat for those who like their drinks with a fiery personality.

Honey Bee Slim

  • Ingredients: 2 oz Gin, 1 oz Lime Juice, 0.5 oz Honey, 1 Egg White, 2 dashes Orange Bitters
  • Recipe: Switch up the simple syrup for honey and the Angostura bitters for orange bitters. You'll create a sweet, citrusy profile with a hint of honeyed warmth – like a hug for your taste buds.

In case you forgot basics how to make Mickey Slim

The basic composition of simple syrup is relatively straightforward – a 1:1 ratio of sugar and water. This mixture is heated until the sugar dissolves, resulting in a clear, sweet syrup.

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Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

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Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Mickey Slim

What type of gin works best for the Mickey Slim?

Any standard dry gin will work for the Mickey Slim, but you can experiment with different brands to find your preferred taste.

I'm not a big fan of bitter taste in cocktails, can I skip the bitters in the Mickey Slim?

Angostura bitters adds complexity and depth to the cocktail, but it can be omitted if you prefer less bitterness.

Is it safe to consume raw egg white in a cocktail?

While consuming raw eggs does come with a slight risk of foodborne illness, the risk is generally low, especially if you're using fresh, refrigerated eggs. If you're concerned about the risk, you can use pasteurized egg whites.

How should I store my cocktail if I want to prepare it in advance?

You can prepare the gin, lime juice, and syrup mixture in advance and refrigerate it. Add the egg white and shake well just before serving.

What is the alcohol content of the Mickey Slim cocktail?

The alcohol content of a Mickey Slim can vary depending on the particular brand of gin and the precise measures, but it's typically around 18%.

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