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Lemonade Will Not Be The Official Arizona State Drink

On a 18-12 vote, the Arizona Senate voted against making lemonade the official drink of the state of Arizona.  

Some lawmakers voted no because they said there are more important bills to vote on. The Legislature is behind schedule and still needs to pass a budget.

Other lawmakers took time to debate drinks they feel better represent the state.

“I think I’d prefer something says ‘Arizona’ and lemonade, you know, is a little generic,” said state Senator Sean Bowie, D-Tempe, who proposed horchata.

The proposal passed the House on a 57-3 vote in February, but lemonade proved to be controversial in the Senate.

Some other proposals include tequila, margaritas, Jamacia tea and pink lemonade.

Making lemonade the state drink was the idea of Glendale high school student Garrett Glover, who looked at the five Cs of Arizona — copper, cattle, cotton, citrus and climate — and realized all were recognized in official state insignia except citrus.

“Oranges are another citrus product that would tie in with the five C's but Florida already has orange juice because they've got a lot of oranges there,” Glover said after the house vote. “No other state has lemonade as a state drink.”

In past years the Legislature has designated an official state fish, dinosaur, firearm and even neckwear.

Some senators said they’d be open to reconsidering what should be the official state drink next legislature session.

EDITOR'S NOTE: This story has been updated to reflect Sen. Sean Bowie's title. 

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Claire Caulfield was a reporter and Morning Edition producer from 2015 to 2019.