A clever, memorable call name for a drink is what makes that drink popular. Where would Seagram’s Seven be without a 7 and 7 or, Peach Schnapps without the Fuzzy Navel?
Here’s one for the books.
Four middle-aged women are out for their every other week ladies night out. They are feeling a bit adventurous this particular evening and are chatting about what to have when the server walks up to their table.
Let’s listen in:
Server: Hi ladies. Can I offer you something to drink?
Lady #1: A glass of chardonnay would be nice.
Lady # 2: (To the group) You know what, girls? I’m going to have a chocolate martini. I’m in that kind of mood.
Lady #1: Great idea… please change my drink to that.
Lady #3: Do you have any of that Rum Chata?
Server: No, I’m afraid not.
Lady #3: Then I’ll just have sex-on-the-beach.
(They all laugh. The server smiles and says) Perfect choice for a cold winter night in Detroit. And you, ma’am?
Lady #4: I want a hummer.
All: A what?
Lady #4: What’s the matter? My friend Louise says her husband begs her for a hummer and I thought I would try one.
Lady #3: Isn’t a hummer a car? How do you go from that to a drink?
Server: (He has become very uncomfortable.) Uh, um, uh, ma’am do you know what a hummer is?
Lady #4: What do you mean? It’s a drink…right?
Server: I suppose… I’ll check with the bartender, but a hummer is also a car… and something that…uh, well something that men really enjoy.
Lady #4: Fiddle sticks. I’d like a hummer.
(The server leaves, goes to the bartender and says) You won’t believe this Sally… I need one sex on the beach, two chocolate martinis and, um, well, don’t get angry, a hummer. Lady at that table says she really needs a hummer.
Bartender: Take your mind out of the gutter! A hummer is a drink born in Detroit that includes rum, Kahlua, ice cream, some ice and all blended together.
For those of you who have missed the nuisances of the story, go here.
1-1/2 ounces rum (usually Bacardi)
1-1/2 ounces Kahlúa
2 scoops vanilla ice cream
A couple ice cubes
Blend and serve in a 7-1/2-ounce rocks glass.
As for other meanings of the term “hummer” check with Cosmopolitan Magazine.