I was surprised to find out that Michigan does not have a state food, we do however have a state drink, and it sucks (in my opinion).

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Drum roll please - Michigan's state drink is a Hummer.

Before you even think I am rallying to change our state drink to tequila - stop. I am not. As much as I love tequila, it does not scream Michigan to me. When I think Michigan I think Vernor's of Faygo - not a particular alcohol.

I don't even know what a Hummer is, so I Googled it. A Hummer is made up of the following ingredients,

  • 1 1/2 ounces white rum, preferably Bacardi Light
  • 1 1/2 ounces Kahlua
  • 2 scoops vanilla ice cream

According to Google, you then pour all ingredients into a blender (with ice), and serve on the rocks. It sounds okay, but it does not sound very Michigan like, what do you think?

Upon further investigation (Google) I did find out how the Hummer became our state drink. This is the tale according to Punch,

Jerome Adams, originally from Georgia, got a job at the club as a dishwasher, quickly graduating to porter before landing a spot behind the nautical mahogany bar overlooking the freighters in the Detroit River.

This is where, on a slow afternoon in February, 1968—an undeniably odd time to break out a blender—Adams served the first Hummer, a whirred-up combination of white rum, Kahlua, vanilla ice cream and a couple of ice cubes.

Sweet story bro. I'm still not feeling it, but as a Michigan resident I will do my due diligence and try my first Hummer this weekend. Cheers.

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