Six Seasonal Cocktails with Unexpected Ingredients

Sangria with spiced pear, Schoenauer Apfel liquor, and activated charcoal in rum are just some of what we're mixing

There’s nothing wrong with embracing pumpkin puree at this time of year. However, we wanted to go a bit further into the seasonal spectrum and we’ve found a few ingredients making their presence known. From the hundreds of cocktails and recipes we reviewed or sampled, the following six reflect some observations we’ve made of late. The first, and boldest, happens to be charcoal. Yes, this …

Clarifying Charcoal Soap

Tea tree and lavender and active bamboo charcoal, oh my! This potent, clarifying trio works together to draw impurities, exfoliate and soothe the skin. The small, black chunk works hard and smells so sweet at the same time.


Formafantasma took on the daunting task of beautifying water filtration and succeeded to the extreme. The Still purifier combines an engraved crystal decanter with copper attachments and utilizes active charcoal to elevate humble drinking water to its proper stature. Picked by The Macallan Whisky Maker, Bob Dalgarno