100+ Drinking Food Recipes for Cocktail Hours at Home
by André Darlington
Craft unforgettable happy hours at home with this globally inspired collection of 100+ crave-worthy bar bites and cocktail pairings from the bestselling author of Booze & Vinyl and The New Cocktail Hour.
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In the spring of 1917, Mrs. Julius S. Walsh of St. Louis, Missouri, went on the record for hosting the first-known cocktail party. From this moment in history through prohibition to the glamour of the 1960s and 1970s cool, the era of the cocktail party came in with a bourgeois bang and it went out quite ignominiously in the late 1980s with a spinach dip whimper (nothing against yummy bread bowls).
Award-winning food and beverage writer André Darlington shows that the cocktail party is back in his new book BAR MENU: 100+ Drinking Food Recipes for Cocktail Hours at Home. However, the highly ritualized version from yesteryear has morphed into something far more casual and more adventuresome. “Along with the country’s renewed interest in mixed drinks, there has been a substantial sea change in the perception of cocktails’ worthiness to pair with food,” says Darlington. With diners drinking cocktails throughout the meal without feeling compelled to ever switch to wine, the time is ripe for a book to elevate cocktail hour fare to new heights respectfully reinventing classics like pickled eggs and cheese balls while welcoming global dishes to the coffee table.
The post-World War II cocktail party boom had its own bible—James Beard’s book Hors d’Oeuvre and Canapés—and today hosts and hostesses have BAR MENU, the ultimate guide to boozy eating and entertaining at home. Whether you are a cocktailer looking for food pairings, or an armchair traveler eager to recreate iconic bar bites from the comfort of your own kitchen, this is the bible for hosting memorable cocktail hours year around as well as casual gatherings for special occasions and holiday festivities. Companion drink ideas for every dish, 30+ cocktail recipes, quick history lessons, plus tricks and tips on everything from curating menus to batching drinks for a crowd make this a cookbook with benefits that will be used time and time again.
André Darlington is a drinks, food, and lifestyle writer based in Philadelphia and North Carolina. He is a former restaurant critic and award-winning wine and spirits columnist. He recently completed a circumnavigation of the globe to survey the world's cocktail landscape, a journey he details in his last book, Booze Cruise (Running Press, 2021). Instagram: @andredarlington