Here's the plan … we hit Mega Millions the next Friday it's worth hitting ($100 million, nothing less); we scoop the whole damn thing (no splitting it with a a group of minimum-wage warehouse workers in Wisconsin, most of whom would be broke in 12 months and living with their in-laws); we bag a bargain 4-bed penthouse on the sand in Laguna Beach (within staggering distance of more juice joints than you can shake a swizzle stick at); splurge on a wardrobe of Reyn Spooners, white slacks and sandals; buy the entire Rockford oeuvre, and study upon becoming a beach bum with style.
In anticipation of our upcoming good fortune, we're gonna don our 10-year-old Tommy Bahama number to go slurp a perfectly named libation, the Beachcomber, at Monarch Beach's premier evening destination, the elegant and welcoming Brio Tuscany Grille … where the live music and dance floor light up five nights a week.
There are only slighter fewer Beachcomber recipes on the web
than there are “seemed like a good idea at the time” celebrity sex
tapes. Ask Brio's master mixologist Matt for the following: 1 ½ oz.
light rum; ½ oz. triple sec; ½ oz. lime juice; dash of Grenadine. Poured
into a shaker with ice cubes, agitated well and strained into a chilled
cocktail glass, it's a dusky, swirling, maroon concoction of decadent
sweetness – sugarcane juice and molasses, bitter and sweet orange peel,
concentrated citrus, cherry syrup – with a subtle kick. A couple of
these, you'll feel like the monarch of Monarch Beach.
Grille 24050 Camino Del Avion, Monarch Beach, (949) 443-1476;