The Detroit food pyramid
How to eat like a real Detroiter.
Published: February 25, 2014
The Hummer: This sweet, rum-based boat drink consists of rum, Kahlúa, vanilla ice cream and a few ice cubes turned into something special in a blender. It was invented in 1968 at Bayview Yacht Club by bartender Jerome Adams. As an indicator of the drink’s success, he’s still there making them. “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. So, one night, I had a little, small blender then, and it was big enough to make maybe three or four of these drinks.” As it happened, some of the yacht club’s bigwigs were coming in and sampled the drinks, then ordered more. “They say, ‘Well, Jesus Christ, these are pretty good! … What you call it?’ I say, ‘Well, it doesn’t have a name.” So one of the guys says, ‘You know what? After two of these damn things, kinda makes you wanna hum.’ So that’s how we got the name ‘the Hummer.’ … And I just started pushing it across the bar.” Thanks to our intrepid local boating and sailing crowd, Bayview members were soon walking into bars and clubs all over the world asking for a Hummer. And, in those pre-Internet days, the flummoxed bartender would have to place a long-distance phone call to Detroit to get the recipe. Now, Bayview keeps two huge blenders ready in the kitchen for large parties, or to take out to regattas, and Adams often travels to Toronto, Mackinac and Florida to personally mix his fabled classic drink.
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