Brandy Rand

Thirsty Writer, Libations Marketer

Stirred, Not Shaken: The History of the Martini

Oh the poor, misunderstood martini. At some point in history, the classic combination of gin, vermouth, orange bitters, and a lemon twist was transformed into a rainbow-hued, sugary concoction, and … Continue reading

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Live Music on the North Shore

You don’t need to spend hundreds of dollars and drive to a mega-packed arena to hear talented musicians—they’re playing right here on the North Shore. A burgeoning live music scene … Continue reading

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Discovering Stout Beer

The most popular stout in the world is Guinness; we consume ten million glasses a day in over one hundred countries. And while we have Guinness to thank for making … Continue reading

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Choosing the Right Sparkling Wine

At any given time of the year, I have at least one bottle of bubbly in my fridge. While sparkling wine is the requisite toast for New Year’s Eve and … Continue reading

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Hot Buttered Rum: Batter is Better

In sickness and in health, Americans’ love affair with rum harkens back to the mid-seventeenth century, when a thriving rum trade brought a bounty of barrels to colonial New England. … Continue reading

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Cognac Makes a Comeback

A few years ago, my husband and I made a Fish House Punch for a group of friends. The classic 1732 recipe from the Schuylkill Fishing Club in Philadelphia was … Continue reading

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Around Town: Marblehead

Even early on a Saturday morning, Marblehead bustles with activity: runners, cyclists, kayakers, boaters, fishermen—it’s a town where everyone makes the most of the outdoors all year round. Given that … Continue reading

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North Shore Bartender Q&A with Cocktail Recipes

For many of us, the relationship with the bartender at our favorite restaurant is paramount. He or she often greets us by name, asks about our day, and pours us … Continue reading

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The Wide World of Whisky

Earlier this year, Kavalan Solist Vinho Barrique from Taiwan was named the best single-malt whisky on earth at the World Whiskies Awards. In his 2015 edition of the Whisky Bible, … Continue reading

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Getting to the Root of the Growing Cider Trend

Originally published in the September 2015 issue of Northshore magazine. While craft beer has been enjoying it’s moment in the spotlight, cider has been quietly moving toward center stage and is poised … Continue reading

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Best of the North of Boston 2015 – DRINKS

Every August, Northshore magazine unveils the “Best of” across a variety of categories. I’ve been lucky to sit on the editorial board the past few years overseeing the “Drink” section. … Continue reading

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Summer of Sangria

Published in the July 2015 issue of Northshore Magazine. No one turns down a glass of sangria. It’s the foolproof, crowd-pleasing, “Can I have the recipe?” winner of any get-together. … Continue reading

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Hide & Seek

Originally published in the May/June 2015 issue of Northshore magazine. What do artichokes, saffron and chicken have in common? Yes, they’d make a great meal – but would you drink … Continue reading

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Spring Fling

Originally published in the Late Spring 2015 issue of Boston Common Magazine. To celebrate the arrival of patio season, Boston’s hottest bartenders share the latest trends in spring cocktails. Naomi … Continue reading

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Leap of Faith

Originally published in the April 2015 issue of Northshore Magazine. Known for turning out delicious home-style Italian cuisine in Winthrop and Revere, Rossetti’s highly anticipated new outpost in Lynn has now … Continue reading

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Act One: The Bar

Originally published in the Spring 2015 issue of Boston Common Magazine. The art of the cocktail is about so much more than mixing and garnishing drinks. It’s also about swagger. … Continue reading

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Home Bar Essentials

Originally published in the March 2014 issue of Northshore Magazine. My home bar always sparks conversation among friends. Having spent my entire adult life in the beverage business, I’ve acquired all … Continue reading

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Sense & Sessionability

Originally published in the November 2014 issue of Northshore Magazine. View the full print article here. Most of us don’t pay much attention to the alcohol by volume (ABV) percentage … Continue reading

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The Big Apple

Originally published in the Fall 2014 issue of Boston Common Magazine. View full article or read below full text:There are few things more American than the apple, a fruit made famous … Continue reading

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Squash Sips

Originally published in the September 2014 issue of Northshore Magazine. Turn squash in to something surprising and sippable with this recipe from 62 Restaurant in Salem. Read more about Fall … Continue reading

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Best of the Northshore 2014 – Bars & Drinks

The annual Best of the Northshore is a gorgeous issue packed full of everything you need to know about living, working, shopping and eating North of Boston. I was part … Continue reading

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Summer Squeeze

Originally published in the July 2014 issue of Northshore Magazine. When life hands you lemons, make a cocktail! Check out my tips for citrus-based cocktails as well as a recipe … Continue reading

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Pass the Salt

Originally published in the May/June 2014 issue of Northshore Magazine. I love salt. It’s an uncommon ingredient in cocktails (beyond the margarita) but can add loads of flavor with a pinch. … Continue reading

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The Elusive Elderflower

Originally published in the March/April 2014 issue of Northshore Magazine. April showers bring May elderflowers! This elusive, fragrant flower blooms for just a short time and is best enjoyed in a cocktail. I … Continue reading

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Barrel-Aged Cocktails

Originally published in the November 2013 issue of Northshore Magazine. A look at barrel-aged cocktails from the Blue Ox in Lynn, one of the true gems of the North Shore cocktail … Continue reading

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Hot Stuff

Originally published in the December 2013 issue of Northshore Magazine. I live within a mile of Five Corners Kitchen so happily keep a bar stool warm with frequent visits for Chef Barry’s … Continue reading

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Cheers to Cognac

Originally published in the Holiday 2013 issue of Boston Common magazine. I adore Cognac. Too often overlooked as a stodgy brown spirit mostly consumed after dinner, Cognac is enjoying a resurgence in … Continue reading

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Fire Brands

Originally published in the October 2013 issue of Boston Common magazine. I love bourbon. Even more so, I love the stories behind the brands. Having worked with many distillers over … Continue reading

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Collector’s Edition – Rare Sips

Originally published in the October 2013 issue of Boston Common magazine. Usually hidden away or perched high above the bar, these rare spirits and wines are sip-worthy splurges. A round … Continue reading

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The Language of German Wine

Originally published in the Sept/Oct 2013 issue of Northshore magazine. Don’t worry – I can’t pronounce them either, but I do love the taste of many German wines. On an … Continue reading

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Apple & Pumpkin Recipes

Originally published in the Sept/Oct issue of Northshore magazine. I’m a big fan of pumpkins and apples in anything, which is why I decided to do this food feature for … Continue reading

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Molecular Mixology

Published in the Fall 2013 issue of Boston Common Magazine. Click here for the full print article. This scientific approach to cocktailing is being used by a few Boston bartenders with … Continue reading

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Every Bourbon Has a Story

September is National Bourbon Heritage Month and my latest story in Beverage Media talks about the authenticity behind many of the leading brands and families that have proudly distilled America’s native spirit for centuries. The … Continue reading

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Deep Freeze

Who says you can’t have your dessert and drink it too? Read full article Deep Freeze published in Northshore Magazine August 2013

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Top Taps

From Belgian imports to artisan brews, beer gets bigger at New England’s best gastropubs and ale houses. Read full article: Top Taps published in Boston Common Magazine Summer 2013

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From Garden to Glass

Bar chefs mix it up with farm fresh finds… Read the full article here: From Garden to Glass published in Boston Common Magazine, Summer 2013

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Punches & Pitchers: Better Batch Cocktails

Despite their popularity in bars and restaurants, people still seem to be intimidated by mixing up batch drinks at home. Unless of course you’re the kind of person who happily dumps whatever … Continue reading

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Minimalist Mixology

Originally published in the April 2013 issue of Beverage Media. Simple can be better – in life and in cocktails. As someone who appreciates my spirits neat or with little … Continue reading

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What Women Want: Whiskey

Originally published in the April 2013 issue of Beverage Media. This is my favorite subject to write and speak about! Check out my previous posts here and here as well as the lovely … Continue reading

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Cheers On-Premise Inisghts: 2013 Top 10 Trends

I recently attended the Beverage Information Group’s Cheers Conference in Dallas, an annual gathering of on-premise chain restaurant buyers and other beverage industry types. As the writer and editor of the 2012 … Continue reading

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State of Infusion

Originally published in the March/April 2013 issue of Northshore Magazine From seasonally inspired infusions to housemade bitters and sodas, fresh cocktails have been shaking up the bar scene lately. This … Continue reading

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Carbonation Nation

Originally published in the February 2013 issue of Beverage Media – It started in 2008 with Jim Romdall at Vessel in Seattle and has become a bona fide trend, well … Continue reading

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A Drink With….

I write a regular feature for our local beverage trade publication  called “A Drink With…” As the name suggests, I sit down with some of Boston’s most influential and interesting … Continue reading

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2013 Boston Bar Trends

Published in the January 2013 issue of Masachusetts Beverage Business We’ve asked and they’ve answered. Are craft brands taking over?  Is everything going to end up on tap?  From what … Continue reading

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3 Sparkling Holiday Cocktails

Originally published on bostoncommon-magazine.com on December 12, 2012 When ordering a vodka and soda, it’s unlikely you give much thought to the  type of soda water adding the effervescent zip … Continue reading

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Day Drinker’s Delight: The Bloody Mary

Ah, day drinking: a college pastime, a tailgater’s necessity and the cure to crippling hangovers. Perhaps the most famous light of day libation is the Bloody Mary. Love it or hate, … Continue reading

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Taking a Shine to White Whiskey

Published in the November 2012 issue of Beverage Media, also online. Scenes from Ole Smoky, the first licensed distillery in the history of East Tennessee Moonshine, at its roots, was … Continue reading

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Where’s the Beef?

Originally published in the November 2012 issue of Nortshore magazine. By Brandy Rand. Photographs by Glenn Scott. Food styling by Jessica Weatherhead Whether you’ve lived here all your life or … Continue reading

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Bourbon’s New Frontier

Published in the September 2012 issue of Beverage Media – It’s hardly news that American whiskey is on fire. Fueled by supplier innovation and a broader consumer demographic thirsting for … Continue reading

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Pitcher Perfect

Portions of this article were adpated for the August 2012 issue of N Magazine. Entertain guests with ease by batching up sophisticated but simple cocktails – the perfect prelude to … Continue reading

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