Brandy Rand

Thirsty Writer, Libations Marketer

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

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

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

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

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

3 Sparkling Holiday Cocktails

Originally published on on December 12, 2012 When ordering a vodka and soda, it’s unlikely you give much thought to the  type of soda water adding the effervescent zip … Continue reading

December 13, 2012 · 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

Holiday Cocktail Recipes from Boston Bars

I mentioned a few of these seasonally-inspired cocktails on a recent segment on WBZ radio, as well as added new favorites! Happy Holidays! 80 THOREAU (80 Thoreau Street, Concord, MA; … Continue reading

November 30, 2012 · 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
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