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Arizona House Votes to Make Lemonade the Official State Drink

Posted at 11:00 AM, Mar 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-03 13:00:13-05

Arizona is currently facing several pressing issues and legislators met this week to vote on one of them — making lemonade the official state drink.

The Arizona House of Representatives passed the one-line bill 57-3.

That one line literally reads: “Lemonade is the official state drink”

HB 2692, the official name of the bill, was proposed by a Gilbert student who emailed his elected representative, Republican House Majority Leader Warren Petersen, asking if Petersen would help Arizona have an official drink in state law much like other states.

Garrett Glover, 18, who attends Gilbert Classical Academy, told The Arizona Repulic last month that lemonade seemed like the best fit because of Arizona’s five C’s: copper, cattle, climate, cotton and citrus.

Glover’s explanation persuaded Petersen to move forward with the bill, but there was a catch — Glover had to be a part of the process.

Although the bill did pass, a couple of representatives did not find voting easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy.

“I know a lot of people who don’t like lemonade,” Representative Athena Salman, a Democrat from Tempe, said on the House floor. “So, I vote no.”

“I think, in the spirit of the cultural diversity of this state, that our state drink ought to be Jose Cuervo!” said Noel Campbell, a Republican representative from Prescott.

People took to Twitter to suggest other drink ideas. The most common included milk, beer and margaritas.