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

March 23, 2016

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

April 30, 2015

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

April 30, 2015

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

April 30, 2015

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

March 7, 2015

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

March 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

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

April 9, 2013 · 1 Comment

Tip Tap Room Cocktails

As heard on WBZ radio… In June, Chef Brian Poe from Poe’s Kitchen at the Rattlesnake opened The Tip Tap Room (138 Cambridge Street in Boston’s Beacon Hill neighborhood). With a focus … Continue reading

August 25, 2012 · Leave a comment

Fire On Ice

Published in the May/June 2012 issue of Boston Common Magazine and via – Where to Sip Spicy Cocktails – Bonus Recipes! The Hell’s Manhattan at Zocalo American Seasons  The … Continue reading

May 23, 2012 · Leave a comment

Gin It To Win It

Published in the May 2012 issue of Beverage Media  Renewed Interest in Gin Styles Both Old and New Invigorate the Category Perhaps more than any spirit, gin has enjoyed newfound attention … Continue reading

May 9, 2012 · Leave a comment
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