Sandy Mazza is certainly excited about her new product, Sandy Bottom Sparkling Rum Cocktails. Interviewing her recently, she would often start answers to my questions with, "Oooh, now please make sure you get this in the article!" and "This is one of the best things about Sandy Bottom, and I hope you can include it." Well, we do have a word limit. But the most important thing to make sure readers know is Mazza has come up with a product that Marylanders will want to drink and Maryland-based establishments will want to serve.
Sandy Bottom Sparking Rum Cocktails is a premium, pre-mixed, sparkling rum-based cocktail brand with natural flavors of coconut, lemonade, and lime. The company’s history is rooted in the nautical culture of the Chesapeake Bay. As an entrepreneur from the Annapolis area, Mazza would serve her homemade cocktails to friends while cruising the Bay. Those closest to her loved it so much that they encouraged her to provide for a broader audience.
She chose to self-distribute, obtaining a wholesaler's license, and was able to start selling on June 23rd of this year. "I'm happy with that decision," she stated, "because I wanted to have the contact with the customers myself first." As of press time, the single-serve product was available in 28 retailers across Maryland, as well as such hotels as the MGM National Harbor, the Hollywood Casino Perryville, and the Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore.