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

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

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

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

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

June 4, 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

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

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

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
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