Brandy Rand

Thirsty Writer, Libations Marketer

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

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

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

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

July 3, 2013 · Leave a comment

Tea for Tipples

At the recent Boston Cocktail Summit, I stopped by an event called “Liberty Libations” held at the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum. Complete with actors in colonial garb, New … Continue reading

October 23, 2012 · Leave a comment

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

August 25, 2012 · Leave a comment

Drink Like a Sailor

Published in the July 2012 issue of Northshore Magazine – Make a ‘rum’ for Marblehead by land or by sea. The town of Marblehead is known for its high population … Continue reading

June 20, 2012 · Leave a comment

Amped Up Blender Drinks

Published on on June 15, 2012 When it comes to cocktails, your customers are used to shaken, stirred and straight up. This summer, amplify menu offerings with innovative frozen … Continue reading

June 20, 2012 · 1 Comment

Rum’s New Directions

Published on in April 2012 – The association of rum with relaxation and good times is rooted in two things: most rum is produced in warm climates (the Caribbean, Central … Continue reading

May 2, 2012 · Leave a comment

Feeling No Pain

How a little Caribbean island created a big drink Hear me talk about the Painkiller on WBZ radio. Jost Van Dyke is a tiny island known for good times for … Continue reading

April 11, 2012 · 1 Comment
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