Brandy Rand

Thirsty Writer, Libations Marketer

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

November 4, 2015

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

October 5, 2015

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

August 17, 2015

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

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

March 7, 2015

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

April 26, 2014 · Leave a comment

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

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

December 10, 2013 · Leave a comment

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

September 20, 2013 · 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
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