The state of Alabama has a new addition to its list of official items. Following on from the official bird, freshwater fish and nut, the Alabama Senate has approved an official state spirit.

The Senate voted 19-8 yesterday to override Gov. Bob Riley's veto of a resolution making Conecuh Ridge Fine Alabama Whiskey the state's official spirit.

The Republican governor had vetoed the idea because he felt Alabama had always reserved official designations for natural, historic or native items and had never given the designation to a commercial product.

The vote means the whiskey joins other official state symbols, including the yellowhammer bird, the largemouth bass and the pecan.