www.montereycountynow.com JUNE 27-JULY 3, 2024 MONTEREY COUNTY WEEKLY 37 CHILL The sound of vintage jazz playing from a large analog audio tape machine, and the dim lighting make for a relaxing lounge atmosphere at Bud’s, the bar at La Playa Hotel in Carmel. It’s an ambiance that might make some literary greats feel right at home. The bar is known for cocktails named after local figures, particularly writers. Sweet Thursday recognizes John Steinbeck’s sequel to Cannery Row. (Like The Mayor, a nod to former Carmel mayor Clint Eastwood, it starts with rye whiskey.) Then there’s Letters to Nora, a tribute to poet Nora May French. Letters to Nora is a subtle and refreshing pink cocktail, served on the rocks, with a citrus undertone and hint of bitterness—after all, love, isn’t always sweet. It’s a perfect drink to enjoy during the day or in summer, as it is more delicate than other cocktails on the menu—a mix of campari, manzanilla, lime and prosecco. “It’s lighter, nicer—a lot of flavor in it,” says bartender Thora Gisladottir, who compares it to a spritzer. The inspiration behind the cocktail names at Bud’s make them fun, a conversation starter. French lived in Carmel at the beginning of the 20th century. She was an active member of the Carmel Arts and Crafts Club that attracted artists to the region. Before her tragic death at 26 in 1907, she wrote many poems about the coastal scenery, and also the tribulations of young women conforming with social norms or dedicating to her art. Maybe one should have been about a cocktail. Bud’s at La Playa, Camino Real and 8th, Carmel. 293-6100, budscarmel.com. Drink Pink Among the literary cocktails at Bud’s is a light, refreshing bit of poetry. By Celia Jiménez SEND IDEAS TO: chill@montereycountynow.com CELIA JIMÉNEZ Cornucopia Community Market offers quality nutritious and environmentally safe products, free of artificial additives and preservatives. Curated Food From the heart Your Local Health Food Store Open MOn-Fri 9aM-7pM Sat & Sun 10aM-6pM 831-625-1454 26135 Carmel Rancho Blvd, Carmel (at the mouth of Carmel Valley) • Natural, Organic Produce • Fresh Bakery and Deli • Olive Oil/Vinegar/ Local Honey • Wine, Beer, Juice, Coffee and Tea • Fresh, Organic Dairy Products • Healthy Snacks • Vitamins and Nutritional Supplements • All Natural Bath and Body Products • Gifts and Gift Basket Ideas Validated Parking 136 OliVier St. MOnterey near Old FiSherMan’S WharF (831) 644-9007 WWW.benihana.cOM OPen daily FOr lunch and dinner exPerience the Original Make 4th OF July Weekend reSerVatiOnS! We Speak German… CARS! Mercedes, BMW, Porsche, Audi, Volkswagen and Mini-Cooper Using current modern technology our experienced staff will diagnose, maintain and repair your German car. Certified Monterey Bay Green Business 373.5355 249 DelaVina, Monterey www.ccrepairmonterey.com