Holiday Hummers

12 Days of Sweets: Day 8

Hummers first made their appearance in Detroit, Michigan in 1968 and are credited to the mixology ingenuity of Jerome Adams. After it’s appearance there was a boom of ice cream based cocktails following its path. The standard drink consists of either white rum or vodka mixed with kahlua and a couple scoops of high quality vanilla ice cream. There have been several modifications since and this is the recipe my family uses which has a hint of chocolate to enhance the coffee flavor.

I replaced the white rum with creme de cacao; this gives the drink a deep chocolate flavor. If you want to stick with the original version then you may use white rum or vodka. I also added a small amount of chocolate syrup to the blender. This turns the ice cream a beautiful cocoa color and also helps loosen up the drink a bit – it’s quite thick! To make an alcohol free version omit both of the liquors and add an ounce of espresso. Serve immediately, enjoy and drink responsibly!


  • 1 cup of vanilla ice cream
  • 1/2 cup of crushed ice
  • 1 ounce of Kahlua
  • 1 ounce of Creme de Cacoa
  • 1 ounce of chocolate syrup (plus extra for garnish)
  • Whipped cream and sprinkles for garnish (optional)


  1. In a blender combine ice cream, ice, kahlua, creme de cacoa and chocolate sauce.
  2. Blend until smooth.
  3. Line the inside of the glass with chocolate syrup.
  4. Pour ice cream mixture into glass and garnish with desired toppings.
  5. Enjoy!

This recipe is not intended for minors under the age of 21. Please drink responsibly.

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