GIN IS IN

Western Living - - TRAVEL / THE CHECK- IN -

Schnapps may be Ger­many’s high­est-proof ex­port, but gin is the spirit of choice for Bavar­ian cock­tail nerds. Lo­cally dis­tilled la­bels like Mon­key 47 (in­fused with botan­i­cals from Ger­many’s Black For­est) line the bar at hot spot 1 Ze­phyr along­side piles of fresh fruit, jars of vanilla pods and bunches of herbs. The drinks here sound in­sane on pa­per—the Belle Air pairs gin with Granny Smith ap­ples, milk and lemon; the bour­bon-fo­cused Nice Guy in­cludes jalapeno tinc­ture and ba­nana—but in a glass, it’s magic.

2 Couch Club wears its pas­sion for the ju­niper on its sleeve, too, with more than 170 gin va­ri­eties in stock and an ex­ten­sive list of ton­ics to match. Lean into the liv­ing-room vibe here: cozy up on a vin­tage arm­chair be­tween foos­ball matches and or­der up some pizza to fuel a late night on the town.

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