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Smithsonian toasts past with flag-inspired drinks

September 8, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History is celebrating the 200th anniversary of the Star-Spangled Banner this week with cocktails and a toast to history.

The Food Network’s Simon Majumdar is hosting a gala cocktail party at the museum Friday to celebrate the flag 200 years after the Battle of Baltimore held back a British attack. The flag that flew over Baltimore’s Fort McHenry inspired Francis Scott Key to write the words that would become the national anthem.

Top mixologists from across the country have developed new cocktails inspired by the flag’s history for the event. They shared their recipes online for the museum’s “Raise a Glass” initiative.

Amateur mixologists also created cocktails through an online contest at the museum. On Monday, Marianne Britt Duvendack, a ranger and interpreter with the National Park Service at Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial in Ohio, won the competition with her cocktail, The Gunpowder Cream. It celebrates 200 years of peace between Britain, Canada and the United States with a mix of rum, English tea and maple syrup.

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Recipes and Tickets: http://raiseaglass.smithsonianchannel.com/

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