Austin - In the Lone Star State we proudly claim the bluebonnet as our state flower. The longhorn as our state mammal. Heck, we even have a state vegetable. Yeah, did you know it's the sweet onion?
So, then it just makes sense to have a state drink, right?
Hey, several states already have an official drink. No Joke. Many have chosen milk.
New Hampshire claims apple cider. Kentucky a soft drink called Ale 8 One. Whatever that is? And in Nebraska Kool-Aid is king.
So, any guess as to what Texas has tapped as its official drink? Well here's a clue. Nada. Nothing. Zip. Zilch.
That may change soon. Republican State Representative Drew Springer wants to drown your sorrows. His suggestion?
The Greyhound. No not the dog or bus. We're talking a stiff mix of vodka and red grapefruit Juice. Wait what? Where's the whiskey or better yet the tequila? Isn't this Texas?
"Doesn't really seem like a good Texan manly drink to me," a patron at Champps in Irving said. "I think of something a little more strong. Firm. I would definitely see a whiskey or tequila-based drink over something a little more fluffy like they're proposing."
"I'm not sure how much, as a state, you would want to promote drinking and say this is going to be our state drink, so maybe something healthy would be a good idea. I would say Texas tomato juice," Jason Brown said while eating lunch at Champps.
"I would vote against that because it should be a margarita," another patron at Champps said.
Hey, I can drink to that.
Well, only time will tell if Texas lawmakers will raise a glass to this proposal, but it might take a few greyhounds.
Great. Now I'm thirsty.