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The Star-Spangled Banner Cocktail

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It's a mere 10 days until the Opening Ceremonies of the London Olympic Games — better start planning your drinks for your watch parties now. Why not serve your guests cocktails inspired by the participating countries? The Star-Spangled Banner cocktail, served at New York City's Stone Rose Lounge, Whiskey Park, Living Room, and the Whiskey Blue at the W Los Angeles, is the perfect complement to your "USA!" cheers.


  • 1 1/2 Ounce Woodford Reserve
  • 1/2 Ounce rhubarb bitters
  • 1/4 Ounce simple syrup
  • 1/4 Ounce lemon juice
  • 3 - 4 strawberry slices

Star Spangled Punch Cocktail Recipe

Can it get anymore patriotic than this!? Red, white, and blue with two cherry pierced with a sparkler for the garnish. This cocktail is the Fourth of July in a cup!

This punch, created by Professor Dave Wondrich for Chilean Pisco, was designed to cool you off in the July heat. Citrus and star fruit add bright complexity to every glass.

Didn’t know there was Chilean Pisco? Didn’t know what Pisco is? Well it is a brandy from South America. Chilean Pisco is a spirit created by distilling wine made from grapes grown in the Coquimbo and Atacama regions of the country, fed with water that flows from the majestic Andes, then rested for a minimum of 60 days before bottling.


  • The peel of 3 lemons, each cut in a ½ inch/15 mm wide spiral with a vegetable peeler
  • ¾ cup/180 ml sugar
  • ¾ cup/180 ml fresh-squeezed, strained lemon juice
  • 1 750-ml bottle Chilean Pisco
  • 1 quart/1 liter cold water
  • 1 star fruit


Muddle the lemon peels and the sugar together and let sit for at least 90 minutes. Muddle lemon and sugar again and stir in the lemon juice. Add the pisco and the water and stir. Keep refrigerated until ready to serve. Before serving, cut star fruit into ¼ to ½ inch slices. To serve, pour into a 1 gallon/4-liter Punch bowl with a 1-quart/1-liter sized block of ice in it and float star fruit slices. Serves 12 people.

Star-Spangled Banner

Puree 1/2 cup of ice and 1/2 cup of vodka with raspberries. Divide between your six cocktail flutes, filling them 1/3 of the way. Next, puree 1/2 cup of ice and 1/2 cup of vodka with the peaches, and divide between your glasses. Finally, puree 1/2 cup of ice and 1/2 cup of vodka with the blueberries. Divide between your glasses, and enjoy!


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The Star-Spangled Banner Cocktail - Recipes

Few know that America's national anthem, "The Star-Spangled Banner" was written in 1780 by John Stafford Smith, as "To Anacreon In Heaven," the constitutional song of the Anacreaontic Society of London, with words written by Ralph Tomlinson, an early president of the Society. The Society was a group of mostly amateur musicians, with a sprinkling of professionals, that met every two weeks at the Crown and Anchor Tavern in the Strand for a concert followed by a dinner and much merrymaking thereafter. Each concert was formally opened by this song, performed by the President and joined by the company on the refrain lines. The song itself depicts a squabble among the Greek gods, to which wine-god Bacchus has (is) the solution (literally), and all join in devotion to "the myrtle of Venus and Bacchus's vine." The Society finally folded in 1786 due to the dampening influence of the Duchess of Devonshire who had bought a secret box under the stage, and the uncertainty of whose presence prevented the members from indulging in their usual rounds of bawdy songs and ballads.

The tune was too good to perish, however, and countless parodies were set to it both in Britain and in America over the coming two generations, such as "Adams and Liberty," "Anacreon's Reply," and many more. The song might still have passed out of existence had it not been for Francis Scott Key's new set of words penned September 14, 1814, the morning after the unsuccessful siege of Forth McHenry, at Baltimore, Maryland, by the British. His poem, "Defense Of Fort McHenry" ("tune: Anacreon In Heaven") hit the streets the very next day, and was published the next year with the music as "The Star-Spangled Banner," with a slightly-altered tune (in C, the original used F-natural, not the current F#) and it took its current place as the United States' national anthem more than a century later on March 3, 1931.

Anacreon was an ancient Greek poet (563-478 BC) whose many poems about the pleasures of wine and its results earned him the reputation as the bard of the grape. He is reputed to have died at the ripe old age of 86 from, appropriately, choking on a grape seed.

Lately, a new Spanish translation of "The Star-Spangled Banner" has caused waves among American English-language purists who insist that the original words in the original language are sacrosanct. Alas, few of them know that the original words aren't, in fact, the original words at all. Worse, the tune itself may not even be Anglo in origin, as John Stafford Smith is thought by some to have lifted it from a military song by. the French.

The painting of Anacreon (above) is by Jean Leon Gerome , and the recording is performed by John Townley from The Top Hits Of 1776 on Adelphi Records.

Note: To see and listen to the complete Top Hits Of 1776 album, click here.

Rum and Ginger Beer Float Cocktail Recipe

Could there be a more ideal place to celebrate the 4th than the Cape Cod area? It's the cradle of American patriotism if there ever way one, what with P.

Could there be a more ideal place to celebrate the 4th than the Cape Cod area? It's the cradle of American patriotism if there ever way one, what with Plymouth rock just down the road.

We're spending a few days here for the 4th and loving every moment. In our mind, this is the type of place where patriotism runs through your veins, where everyone wears red, white, and blue everywhere they go and where even the stop lights have the Star Spangled Banner playing over loudspeakers. Yes, that’s an exaggeration, but it’s not that far off.

The Boston Cooler

For my trip back here, I concocted this twist on the Boston Cooler. Except, as I learned after I already made it, this isn'’t from Boston and no one really knows why it’s even called a Boston Cooler.

From the best I can tell, it’s a drink that originated at a Detroit soda fountain located on Boston Boulevard and it’s made using local (to Michigan) Vernor's Ginger Ale.

Cape Cod Rum and Ginger Beer Float

But, let'’s ignore all of that, shall we? Because I took that concept and tweaked it so much that this version might as well be from Boston. You say Cape Cod and I think sail boats and sea salt so I figured a tweak on this drink with a certain nautical flair was in order.

So, with these Rum and Ginger Beer Floats, I've taken the ingredients for a Dark 'n' Stormy cocktail, floated it, and added a little salt for flair and, I swear that if you close your eyes, you can almost hear the waves crashing in the distance.

Star-Spangled Sangria

In Federico Fellini's 1965 film Juliet of the Spirits, a woman comes home to find a tall, dark Spanish stranger mixing Sangria in her moonlit garden. "It quenches the thirst of those who drink it," he says as he fills her tumbler. "It quenches our secret thirsts, too." It's one of the most elegant preparations of a mixed drink ever put to film, performed by the famously dapper playboy José Luis de Vilallonga—no matter that his recipe, which calls for a few slices of citrus, some sugar, wine, and mineral water, is more of a wine spritzer than anything else. Iɽ rather sip the stripped-down Sangria of Fellini's Italian garden than what passes for Sangria on many American restaurant tables: pitchers of plonk, overflowing with chunks of fruit, so cloyingly sweet that you can practically hear tomorrow's hangover unpacking its bags when you take the first sip.

Dubonnet Sangria

Sangria is, at its best, a wine punch with fresh fruit. Red, white, rosé, or sparkling wine can be used, and the quality of the wine you choose will have a great effect on the finished product. (To that end, my recipes are specific on ingredients, so as to eliminate the guesswork and deliver superb results. I even bent the rules—one recipe calls for Dolin dry vermouth, and one for Dubonnet, both excellent wine-based products that are increasingly available across the country.) Sangria is usually fortified with a shot or two of brandy or other spirit to add a little depth of flavor. Sugar should be used to balance out the sourness of the citrus, not to smooth the rough edges of inferior ingredients. Done correctly, Sangria is simple to prepare, and deceptively easy to drink.

Pineapple Sangria

The challenge here was to make red, white, and blue Sangrias, which one could serve at a Fourth of July party, or on any other occasion with a patriotic spirit, such as Memorial Day or Labor Day. The recipes for the red and white versions were no-brainers, but from what ingredient could I extract a vibrant, star-spangled blue? Muddled blackberries read a rosy purple, blueberries give little if any color at all, and that about exhausts the natural food world (blue corn and blue potatoes just seemed a little too far afield). And so I leaned on that reviled crutch of the mixology world: blue curaçao. If you're not excited about adding FD&C Blue No. 1 to your diet, just use regular orange curaçao instead—and raise a toast to the old red, white, and very pale blue.

Francis Scott Key – The Star Spangled Banner – Part 5 of 7

I am honored to be born on the night that inspired our national anthem. This is my “American Moment” for this year!

This 30 ft x 42 ft flag was the one that Francis Scott Key saw on the morning of September 14, 1814. It inspired him to write the words to The Star Spangled Banner. image source

During the War of 1812, Key, accompanied by the American Prisoner Exchange Agent Colonel John Stuart Skinner, dined aboard the British ship HMS Tonnant, as the guests of three British officers: Vice Admiral Alexander Cochrane, Rear Admiral Sir George Cockburn, and Major General Robert Ross. Skinner and Key were there to negotiate the release of prisoners, one being Dr. William Beanes. Beanes was a resident of Upper Marlboro, Maryland and had been captured by the British after he placed rowdy stragglers under citizen’s arrest with a group of men. Skinner, Key, and Beanes were not allowed to return to their own sloop, they had become familiar with the strength and position of the British units and with the British intent to attack Baltimore. As a result of this, Key was unable to do anything but watch the bombarding of the American forces at Fort McHenry during the Battle of Baltimore on the night of September 13–September 14, 1814.

When the smoke cleared, Key was able to see an American flag still waving and reported this to the prisoners below deck. On the way back to Baltimore, he was inspired to write a poem describing his experience, “The Defence of Fort McHenry”, which he published in the Patriot on September 20, 1814. He intended to fit the rhythms of composer John Stafford Smith’s “To Anacreon in Heaven”. It has become better known as “The Star Spangled Banner”. Under this name, the song was adopted as the American national anthem, first by an Executive Order from President Woodrow Wilson in 1916 (which had little effect beyond requiring military bands to play it) and then by a Congressional resolution in 1931, signed by President Herbert Hoover.

In the fourth stanza Key urged the adoption of “In God is our Trust” as the national motto. The United States adopted the motto “In God We Trust” by law in 1956.

The Star-Spangled Banner Cocktail - Recipes

Posted on 07/04/2006 7:24:57 AM PDT by Gritty

The Star Spangled Banner

Oh, say can you see, by the dawn's early light,
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars, through the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
O say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

On the shore, dimly seen through the mists of the deep,
Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines on the stream:
'Tis the star-spangled banner! O long may it wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle's confusion
A home and a country should leave us no more?
Their blood has wiped out their foul footstep's pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved homes and the war's desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heaven-rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: "In God is our trust."
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

My cousin Francis sure could write a catchy little ditty!

The first stanza is the only one sung (most of the time) and it is a question. The second stanza provides the answer.

Interred in my hometown. R.I.P.

I'm writing this just to use the tag line I just lifted.

Star Spangled Banner on the University of Oklahoma College of Law site.

And my 92+ yr old mother in law-- Franca M.E. Key -- can sing it REAL well!

An essay by Isaac Asimov on the subject of the four verses.

Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved homes and the war's desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, MAY THE HEAVEN-RESCUED LAND
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

Note the caps, ye FReeper atheists and evolutionists masquerading as patriots. In these politically correct times, no wonder we never hear these other verses of the national anthem.

Thanks for posting the full text of the song.

Truer words were never spoken!

The last verse would be the most appropriate if only one verse is sung. However, it would run into the same objection as the 1954 amendment to the Pledge of Allegiance.

My father's sister was married to (and long now the widow of) Yale E. Key. She was very proud of his being a descendant of Francis Scott Key.

I know Francis Scott Key wasn't a Founder, but he was almost as old as one. His mention of God in the last verse pretty much puts aside the Left's view that Americans were athiests until Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson were born.

The Tripolitan war lives on not only in the Marine hymn, but also in other songs. In Georgetown, Maryland, a banquet honoring Stephen Decatur and the other heroes celebrated the victory with a song written by lawyer Francis Scott Key. Key took the popular drinking song, "Anacreon in Heaven," which had been used for many patriotic songs of the day, and turned it into an anthem:

When the warrior returns from the battle afar,
To the home and the country he has nobly defended,
Oh! Warm be the welcome to gladden his ear,
And loud be the joys that his perils are ended!
In the full tide of song, let his fame roll along.
To the feast-flowing board let us gratefully throng.
Where mixt with the olive the laurel shall wave,
And form a bright wreath for the brow of the brave.

The next verse celebrates the "band of brothers" that braved the desert and ocean to secure the rights and "fair fame" of America. The third verse continues the theme, more explicitly focused on the Tripolitan war:

In conflict resistless each toil they endured,
Till their foes shrunk dismay'd from the war's desolation:
And pale beam'd the crescent, its splendor obscur'd
By the light of the star-spangled flag of our nation.
Where each flaming star gleam'd a meteor of war,
And the turban'd heads bowed to the terrible glare.
Then mixt with the olive the laurel shall wave,
And form a bright wreath, for the brow of the brave.

Nine years later, Key would stand aboard a British warship as it bombarded Fort McHenry in Baltimore. He would rewrite this song about Tripoli, with its imagery of bombs and warfare, and the arresting image of the "star-spangled" flag, which here obscures the Muslim crescent. Key's song of Tripoli lives on in the American national anthem.

Is the National Anthem Racist? Beyond the Debate Over Colin Kaepernick

The continuing refusal by the San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick to stand during the playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner” before games has set off a debate about patriotism, protest and professional sports. But it has also raised another fraught question: Is our national anthem itself racist?

The journalist Jon Schwarz, writing in The Intercept, argued yes, denouncing the lyrics, written by Francis Scott Key during the War of 1812, as “a celebration of slavery.” How could black players, Mr. Schwarz asked, be expected to stand for a song whose rarely sung third stanza — which includes the lines “No refuge could save the hireling and slave/From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave” — “literally celebrates the murder of African-Americans”?

That argument drew outrage from some conservative news outlets, as well as a more scholarly rebuttal from Mark Clague, a musicologist at the University of Michigan and the founding board chairman of the Star Spangled Music Foundation. We spoke with Mr. Clague, who is writing a book about the song, about the anthem’s history and shifting meanings. The interview has been edited for clarity and length.

Why do you think those who call the song racist are wrong?

The social context of the song comes from the age of slavery, but the song itself isn’t about slavery, and it doesn’t treat whites differently from blacks. The reference to slaves is about the use, and in some sense the manipulation, of black Americans to fight for the British, with the promise of freedom. The American forces included African-Americans as well as whites. The term “freemen,” whose heroism is celebrated in the fourth stanza, would have encompassed both.

Few people know “The Star-Spangled Banner” has a third verse, since it was often left out of 20th-century sheet music publications. Why?

I don’t think people were afraid of offending African-Americans, but of offending the British. It was their blood that “has wash’d out their foul footstep’s pollution,” as the third verse puts it. But when we became allies in World War I, we really started reversing course.

Part of the difficulty of parsing the anthem seems to that Americans know so little about the War of 1812. Why is public understanding so murky?

It’s something in our history we would probably rather skip over. Nobody won, nobody lost. The British burned down the White House. We invaded Canada. It was sort of a bizarre war. But while it didn’t really change much, it was pivotal as far as American identity went. The naval buildup really created the modern American national state. That’s part of the reason why “The Star-Spangled Banner” seems so natural and true and permanent and sacred to us today. It didn’t really describe America in 1814, when Key wrote his lyrics, but it was a vision of the unified power the country would become.

For your project “Poets & Patriots,” you tracked down around 100 different sets of lyrics written by others. How do these alternate versions help us understand the meaning of the song?

There are versions that talk about temperance, about women’s suffrage, about presidential campaigns, including Abraham Lincoln’s. The one I wish everyone knew about was one about abolition from 1844, beginning “Oh say, do you hear … ” It repeats Key’s phrase “the land of the free” but as an ironic statement. I wish teachers would contrast that version with Key’s, as a way of showing how singing the anthem isn’t a mindless, rote ritual, but part of a long history of exploration of what the country is about.

Does that same kind of revision go on today?

By the 20th century, we were treating the anthem as a religious hymn, and it became counterproductive to alter the lyrics as social commentary since changes to the anthem tend to make people so upset. In the 20th century, commentary became less about the lyrics than about the performance. Take Jimi Hendrix’s version. It was a combination of patriotism and protest. Here you have an African-American man, speaking largely to white youth but really to all youth, about their own potential to create the country at a moment when they were old enough to be drafted, but not necessarily old enough to vote.

What do you see as the most important part of the anthem?

For me, it’s the punctuation that ends the part we sing. After “land of the free,” we have a question mark, not an exclamation point. Is the flag and what it represents still there? Are we winning the battle for freedom that this country was founded on? That’s where Colin Kaepernick has started a productive conversation. If there are people who don’t feel the song represents them, we need to pay attention to that. But if we just reject the song as racist, or declare that it isn’t our anthem anymore, we don’t fix the problem.

Watch the video: Jennifer Hudson National Anthem (May 2022).