Throw a cocktail party? Easy, ‘Bar Menu’ writer Andre Darlington says

Kristine M. Kierzek

If Andre Darlington has his way, you’ll throw a cocktail party soon.

It doesn’t have to be fancy, nor fussy. It definitely should be fun, not stressful.

That’s where his new book comes into play. “Bar Menu: 100+ Drinking Food Recipes for Cocktail Hour at Home” (Running Press, October 2022, $28) is Darlington’s hands-on, stress-less guide to creating pairings of cocktails and appetizers with global influences and flavors.

Darlington suggests cocktail parties fell out of favor in the late ’80s “with a spinach dip whimper” and advocates for bringing back entertaining. He argues you don’t need a dozen appetizers and perfect pairings; you need one solid recipe and a few base bottles to make up your bar.

Cocktail recipes, tips and tricks, a little history, menu making, and his method for batching drinks for a crowd provide solid inspiration to take on an evening.

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