Plan to Declare Nevada State Drink Goes Down Drain

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A plan to make a Basque cocktail the official state drink of Nevada has officially been canned.

Speaker Marilyn Kirkpatrick said Friday that the Assembly backed off the proposal, which was slapped onto another bill as a last-minute amendment. The idea got a frosty reception in the Senate earlier this week.

Assemblyman William Horne had backed the measure, saying the beverage popular among northern Nevada’s sizeable Basque population is the only one he knows of with a distinct Nevada tie.

The alcoholic drink includes grenadine, club soda, brandy, and Amer Picon – a bitter, orange-flavored aperitif – served over ice with a twist of lemon.

Bills to create new state emblems fared poorly this session. Lawmakers earlier buried a bill that would have made the Blue Weimaraner the state dog.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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