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Featured Libation: Auto Pilot

A stand-out, seasonal shake-up of a popular classic

With the Auto Pilot, Tom Griffiths and fellow Buyers Club gin-slingers have come away with a seasonal twist on the classic, pre-prohibition Aviation. Using none other than Liverpool’s own Turncoat Cascade gin, the cocktail doubles down on the crème de violette (basically Parma Violets) and substitutes Maraschino (basically cherry) for the bittersweet clout of crème de pamplemousse. (basically grapefruit).

The result is a singularly aromatic experience that strikes a perfect balance between floral and fruity. Served long, the soda top adds a welcome tickle to the botanical kick of the cocktail’s gin forward foundations. A surefire spring/summer sparkle. EJ