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

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

Squash Sips

Originally published in the September 2014 issue of Northshore Magazine. Turn squash in to something surprising and sippable with this recipe from 62 Restaurant in Salem. Read more about Fall … Continue reading

January 12, 2015

Summer Squeeze

Originally published in the July 2014 issue of Northshore Magazine. When life hands you lemons, make a cocktail! Check out my tips for citrus-based cocktails as well as a recipe … Continue reading

June 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

State of Infusion

Originally published in the March/April 2013 issue of Northshore Magazine From seasonally inspired infusions to housemade bitters and sodas, fresh cocktails have been shaking up the bar scene lately. This … Continue reading

March 11, 2013 · Leave a comment

Day Drinker’s Delight: The Bloody Mary

Ah, day drinking: a college pastime, a tailgater’s necessity and the cure to crippling hangovers. Perhaps the most famous light of day libation is the Bloody Mary. Love it or hate, … Continue reading

November 30, 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

Doli-er Than Thou

Published in the Summer 2012 issue of Like a beloved regular, the glass jar of intricately stacked pineapple rings  dominates the bar at The Capital Grille. If you’ve passed … Continue reading

August 7, 2012 · Leave a comment

Simply Sipping at Shea’s Riverside

Published in the August 2012 issue of Northshore Magazine Relax and unwind with a spa-like sipper from Shea’s Riverside. Up on the wall near the bar is a well-worn chalkboard that … Continue reading

August 7, 2012 · Leave a comment

Ruby Slipper

Published in the May/June 2012 issue of Northshore magazine – Be dazzled by this sweet-and-sour cocktail at the Rudder in Gloucester Tucked away amidst a cluster of cottages on historic … Continue reading

May 2, 2012 · Leave a comment
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