The Hummer (Adams)

  • Base Spirit Rum
  • Preparation Blended
  • Flavor Refreshing
  • Served Blended

The Hummer is the rare cocktail that traces its popularity to both the Midwest and the world’s sailing community. Despite the global appeal, the drink’s root can definitively be traced to the Jerome Adams of Detroit’s Bayview Yacht Club.

A few years ago, the Detroit Metro Times did an excellent job chronicling the beverages roots, but here is abridged version. In 1967, Adams was new at the job at Bayview and working hard to ingratiate himself with the customers and live up to the standards of his predecessor Curtis Hicks, who had served as head barman for an impressive 18 year run.

The new guy decided that the best way to get in with the guests was to create a new drink. “I had tried all different things. I used rum, I used vodka, I used scotch. I used everything. But the best taste was with rum, Kahlúa and ice cream,” he told the Times. “So, one night, I had a little, small blender then, and it was big enough to make maybe three or four of these drinks.”

Adams then set out to deliver the samples to the back of house for tasting. However, before he made it to the kitchen, he ran into a few regulars arriving from a hockey game. The group served as taste testers and they loved it. In fact, the patrons asked Adams to make another round.

Legend has it that one of the barman’s newfound friends declared, “You know what? After two of these damn things, kinda makes you wanna hum.” And so was born the name “Hummer.”

In short order, the cooling beverage was all the range in Detroit and then the entire region. Then, the world…

Mind you, the Hummer was invented in yacht club. The club’s members travelled to ports far and wide for regattas and leisure sailing. They bought the Hummer with them. It is still not unusual for the Bayview Yacht Club to receive a call from a harborside bar in the southern hemisphere with an urgent plea for help making the drink.

There is little nuanced about the libation, but it is delicious! It’s also extremely versatile; so, go ahead and put your own spin on the modern classic. Adams original specs follow.

Print Recipe
The Hummer
  1. Combine ingredients in a blender.
  2. Blend.
  3. Serve in a 7.5 oz. rocks glass.

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