Jerome Adams (Credit/Bayview Yacht Club)

Detroit Bartender Famous For Creating 'Hummer' Cocktail Dies

Jerome Adams came up with the concoction.

April 10, 2018 - 6:40 pm

DETROIT (WWJ) - The Detroit bartender who invented the rich and creamy cocktail called the Hummer has died.  

Jerome Adams claimed he was playing around behind the bar at the Bayview Yacht Club in Detroit in 1968, when he came up with the concoction - a blender shake of white rum, Kahlua, French vanilla ice cream, and ice cubes.

Commodore Brad Kimmel at Bayview says Adams was behind the bar when some movers and shakers asked him what he was making. 

"He told them what the ingrediants were ... they said, 'Do you have a name for it?' and his response was, 'No, not really.' And they said, 'Well, it kind of makes me hum,' and his response to some of the old members was, 'Well, we'll call it the hummer.'"

The owner of Jacoby's restaurant happened to be there and the rest was history. 

Kimmel says Adams spent over 50 years behind the bar, keeping the children out and always serving the ladies first.

Adams died after a long battle with cancer.  

He was 77.