The other day a story came up on about "Michigan's favorite drink". There have been a string of these stories from the people at Conde Nast Traveler, in which people are asked what their state's "best food" is, or "things to do when you visit" (for "things to do", the Michigander chosen to represent us said, "go to a pumpkin patch or an apple orchard") For Michigan's favorite drink, it's Faygo. No real surprise.

HOWEVER - further research has led me to something I did not know: Michigan has a state drink - as in alcoholic drink. It's named: The Hummer. Which is made in a blender with white rum, Kahlua, vanilla ice cream and a couple of ice cubes. And it's very big in Michigan's yacht racing circles.

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According to an article from 2017, the Hummer got it's name after Jerome Adams, a bartender at Detroit's Bayview Yacht Club, invented it in 1968. According to, “One of the guys asked me, ‘You got a name for it?’ ‘It doesn’t have a name,” I told him.” Having ordering a second round, the man said to Adams, “‘You know, after two of these, it kinda makes you want to hum."

I've lived in Michigan for almost twenty years now - and I'm learning something new every day. I guess I need to visit yacht clubs more often.

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