Maximalism is alive and well in the Beachcomber’s cheerful fruitbomb that could give Carmen Miranda green envy. Michael and Robin Richard, spouses and co-owners, created the drink for us with a generous hand that captures their spot’s accessible, infectious joie de vivre. They took a classic formula but followed a more-is-more spirit to an end that’s bedazzled with (count ‘em) seven kinds of fresh fruit and three kinds of fruit juice. It’s made in big-batch form and finished in individual glasses, which patrons can order by the pitcher or in solo servings.
“We put it together and tested it for you, and it was a huge hit,” Michael’s better half relayed. “Huge!” And, she added with a deep chuckle, “We put it on as a special and sold out the first night, so now obviously we’re serving it all the time.” When asked to pinpoint the cause for success, Robin mused that it’s because the drink just looks like liquid fun. Initially the Richards served it in traditional wine glasses, but then the old more-is-more spirit motivated a switch to tulip glasses for more flare. “I think that when people see other people order it, they think to themselves, ‘What are they drinking? I want some of that!’” Robin said, chuckling again. Hard to argue with that logic, really. Take it one step further by ordering it on the Beachcomber’s outdoor patio, on a clear-sky day and blow out your joy quota. 506 Park Avenue, Portsmouth • 401-683-1400 • www.TheBeachcomberRI.com
Mango Berry Sangria – Serves Plenty
Make by the pitcher but finish by the glass with soda and garnish. The Richards begin not with regular wine, but, of course, bottles of red sangria. The vodka is not unflavored but mango-infused. Plain Jane has no place here.
Combine all the ingredients through the mangoes in a pitcher and let it all soak for awhile. When ready to serve, add the juices and some ice to the pitcher and stir. Pour each serving into a wine glass or ideally a tulip glass for an exact Beachcomber replica. Finally, finish with a splash of soda water and garnish with fresh pineapple and an orange slice.