Summery sipping

Drink up via books, movies, TV and music

Finally, it’s hot outside. So here is your annual reminder to drink.

We live in the high desert. It’s going to get hotter and hotter and you need to keep yourself hydrated.

With that in mind, and despite a headless chicken having nothing to do with Jimmy Buffet unless you’re looking for a lost shaker of salt in Fruita (see the Mikearitaville story below,) here is a pop culture look at just a few drinks to refresh you during the hot days of late May, June and beyond.


This is the staple. Eight 8-ounce glasses a day for you and more in pop culture.

There’s toxic water: “Erin Brockovich.” There’s water if you want to multiply: “Gremlins.”

Too much water: “Waterworld.” Not enough water: “Dune” novels by Frank Herbert.

“Cool Water”: sung by Johnny Cash, Hank Williams or Sons of the Pioneers.

Frozen water: See Ice Cube the rapper, actor, record and film producer, among other titles.

Drink up. Water’s good for you.


That will be about 5 cents if you’re getting it from Sally’s Lemonade Stand, Sally being Charlie Brown’s little sister created by Charles M. Schulz’ in his “Peanuts” comic strip.

Or you can save your 5 cents and give yourself a lesson on the value of thrift and working hard by finding the lemonade stand chapter in “Farmer Boy” by Laura Ingalls Wilder.

Or you can listen to G Love’s rock album “Lemonade,” which features Blackalicious, Ben Harper and Jack Johnson.


See Ice-T: “Law & Order: SVU” or gangsta rap.

Also see “Steel Magnolias” in which hairdresser Truvy (Dolly Parton) claims that sweet tea is the “house wine of the South.”


This minty cool drink was a favorite of American author Ernest Hemingway, who enjoyed a number of them while living in Cuba.

Hemingway’s novels include “The Sun Also Rises,” “The Old Man and the Sea,” “A Farewell to Arms” and “For Whom the Bell Tolls.” Enjoy one of those while sipping on a mojito stateside, or try Bin 707 Foodbar’s “The Earnest Hemingway” that includes Colorado’s Montanya Rum.


Burst into song for coconutty, pineappley mixed with rum, and add these to your summertime lyrical blender:

“If you like pina coladas and getting caught in the rain … then I’m the love that you’ve looked for, write to me and escape.” — “Escape (The Pina Colada Song),” Rupert Holmes

“So bring me two pina coladas, one for each hand/ Let’s set sail with Captain Morgan and never leave dry land.” — “Two Pina Coladas,” Garth Brooks


The sun, the beach and that fuzzy-relaxed vacation feeling you never want to end ... they’re all wrapped up into one drink and one song, “Margaritaville.”

While Key West’s laid-back vibe was at least partly responsible for this song, according to various Jimmy Buffet bios, any sunny, island-ish setting will do ... even in Fruita.

“Mikearitaville” is the theme of the Mike the Headless Chicken Festival set for Friday and Saturday, May 17–18, which will have sand castle building and a tiki bar, among other activities.

“Mikearitaville” ... “Margaritaville” — Buffet may not be completely to blame, but clearly, someone is at fault.


Oh, there’s a lot that could be covered here, but we’ll settle for a few toasts.

■ “Cheers.” NORM! Always with a beer. Always with an enormous tab.

■ “The Simpsons.” Duff Beer. “Homer no function beer well without.”

■ “Strange Brew.” A keg, to the MacKenzie brothers, is like a drop from a river, eh.

Melinda Mawdlsey, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), contributed to this story.


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