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Cypress Inn Cuts Loose with Curated Classic Cocktail Menu & Fedora Thursdays
Celebrating Carmel Art & Film Festival/October 2012 Carmel Art & Film Festival

Getting out of that wet suit and into a dry martini crafted by a “startender” who shook it up for the original Rat Pack is a seamless feat at Cypress Inn, where vintage Hollywood hits a high note by the sea. Ready for its close-up, Terry’s Lounge debuts an expanded Classic Cocktail Menu playing off co-owner Doris Day’s legendary leading men to coincide with the fourth annual Carmel Art & Film Festival (October 10-14, 2012). As the event’s host hotel, Cypress Inn will roll out the red carpet with a spirited line-up of custom cocktails and weekly “Fedora Thursday” parties starting October 11, 2012.


Curated by lead mixologist Drago (who bartended for Davis, Sinatra and Bishop) the line-up of ‘20s -‘40s-era hand-crafted cocktails reflects a wealth Terry's Lounge at Cypress Innof research into both Day’s co-stars’ drinking habits and the rich history behind them. Based on the 1957 film “Kiss Them For Me,” Cary Grant’s love of the minty Stinger, a drink most likely born during Prohibition to disguise the smell of hooch, debuts on the carte as does a sexy Brandy Milk Punch and Widow’s Kiss, blending the aromatic firepower of two herbal liqueurs. For non-traditionalists, the Sidecar’s cousin – Between the Sheets – rounds out the Brandy selections.

President Reagan, who starred with Day in the 1952 “The Winning Team,” favored the gin-n-juice Orange Blossom which is served with a side of jelly beans. Whiskey-drinking James Cagney, who starred with Day in the 1955 “Love Me or Leave Me,” inspired a spin on the classic Old-Fashioned, Sazerac and Plenty O’Toole, named after the iconic James Bond character in “Diamonds Are Forever.” Other stars on the new menu include a vintage Ramos Fizz, Clover Club and punchy Rum Zombie.


Kicking off the Carmel Art & Film Festival, Cypress Inn debuts Fedora Thursday’s in Terry’s Lounge throughout October/2012. Don the classic hat – Homburgs, Trilbys or a reasonable felt facsimile – and receive a complimentary two-for-one classic cocktail from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. As the pioneer in pet-friendly lodging and first property in Carmel to open its doors to traveling animals, Cypress Inn will also offer complimentary Muttinis for four-legged guests who dare to flaunt a retro Rat Pack look. Dates: October 11, 18, 25, 2012.


In its fourth season and gaining steam as a top insider event, the 2012 Carmel Art & Film Festival rolls into town October 10-14, 2012 with former mayor Clint Eastwood as the poster child (Mr. Brainwash design) and juror of the annual Clint Eastwood Filmmakers Award. Four film categories will be showcased and judged including Narrative Feature, Documentary, Short and Student Independent Films in addition to a full range of industry workshops and lectures.

In true Carmel style the seaside venue of one-square mile will open its doors with gallery-infused live music, a Saturday night movie on Carmel Beach (free), VIP cocktail parties and the ever-popular Filmmakers Beach Bash, complete with bonfires and a bounty of Monterey County’s world-class wines. Tickets:

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