Siblings André and Tenaya Darlington have written three books together that offer an experiential twist on the cocktail. For The New Cocktail Hour (Running Press 2016) they sipped their way through 270 historic drinks -- in chronological order -- and offered tasting notes and food pairing suggestions for culinary-oriented happy hours. Next, they culled the best cocktails from classic Hollywood films to create Movie Night Menus (also 2016), a collaboration with Turner Classes Movies. Their latest book, Booze and Vinyl, is all about the boozy listening party. It was inspired by their musician father and his Thorens turntable.
Andre Darlington (@andredarlington) is a drinks, food, travel, and lifestyle writer based on the East Coast. He is a former restaurant critic and award-winning wine and spirits columnist who can’t resist stepping behind a well-stocked bar. In a past life, André was a bass player and DJ. He loves whiskey.
Tenaya Darlington (@mmefromage) is a food writer, blogger, and educator based in Philadelphia. By day, she teaches food writing at Saint Joseph’s University; by night she pens the award-winning blog Madame Fromage. Her work has appeared in Edible Philly, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and Global Traveler. In a past life, she played theremin in a pop band. Gin makes her sin.
We grew up in a Wes Anderson-like household deep in the midwest with a concert-violinist father and a Swiss mother who loved to entertain. Our family cooked dinner together every night, usually while listening to records, and that shared love of food and culture proved formative, leading us (as kids) to produce a family newspaper full of stories and recipes, and later (as adults) to pursue writing careers around food & drink. (André became a restaurant critic in the Midwest and developed a cocktail column, while Tenaya sprinted off to the East Coast to teach fiction writing at a university in Philadelphia and launched a funny little blog that took over her life, Madame Fromage.)
With 900 miles between us, we drifted apart except for summer and holiday visits, which usually involved a lot of bar stools and mixed drinks. One evening in 2014, we discovered Google hangouts and arranged to meet online for a “sibling happy hour.” We fixed a couple of Old Fashioneds and sipped across time zones together, peering into one another’s grins. Soon, we became regulars. Hanging out online and enjoying cocktails together was really fun. So we gave ourselves a challenge: to drink our way through cocktail history, era by era, and record our tasting notes. What began as a shared Google doc -- with 500 drink recipes -- became our first book, The New Cocktail Hour (Running Press, 2016).
Soon after our first book, we had the good fortune to work with Turner Classic Movies on our second cocktail-centric tome. Inspired by the intersection of vintage drinks and classic film, we wrote Movie Night Menus (Running Press, 2016) -- yes, our online hangouts turned into full-fledged kitchen viewing parties with multiple screens and laptops. Our latest book, Booze and Vinyl (May, 2018), brings us full circle, so to speak. It's all about drinking and listening, a project inspired by our dad’s lifelong fling with his Thorens turntable.
Now, we're officially a sibling writing & drinking team! And we both live on the East Coast, where we host private workshops and write full time. Look for Booze & Vinyl on Father’s Day 2018.
Find us at www.withthedarlingtons.com.