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 …

Vitamin D2

Phaidon's in-depth look at the unassuming pencil, for artists and enthusiasts alike

Covered in henna-colored scribbles, Vitamin D2 is the unassuming sequel to Phaidon’s extensive 2005 tome Vitamin D: New Perspectives in Drawing. Like its predecessor, Vitamin D2 explores the contemporary world of art’s most fundamental, but sometimes overlooked tool, the pencil. Approaching its subject like a textbook, the book demonstrates the breadth and richness of modern drawing by carefully analyzing a diverse range of styles seen …

Judith Braun

The artist takes a childhood medium to sublime new levels

by Nestor Bailly Picasso once said that all children are artists, and in that vein, New York artist Judith Braun keeps the youthful spirit alive, albeit with an adult’s sophisticated edge. In her large-scale finger drawings she creates wall-sized abstractions and nature scenes by dipping her fingers in charcoal powder and drawing directly on walls. Her latest mural, “Diamond Dust“, at the Chrysler Museum of …