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

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

February 18, 2016

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

February 8, 2016

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

February 3, 2016

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

December 14, 2015

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

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

November 4, 2015

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

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
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