Emma Janzen

Emma Janzen is a freelance writer and photographer based in Chicago (by way of Austin, TX). When she's not writing about cocktails, spirits and beer, she's got her pen aimed towards issues in architecture and design. Since stepping down as the drinks writer at the Austin American-Statesman to move to the big city, her work can be found on Serious Eats, Food Republic, Draft Magazine, and more.

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A Modern Proto-Tiki Mecca in New Orleans

Welcome to “About a Bar,” a column that explores North America’s most notable bars and cocktail programs. Today: Cane & Table in New Orleans.

Rejiggering Tiki for the 21st Century

Welcome to “About a Bar,” a column that explores America’s most notable bars and cocktail programs. Today: Chicago’s modern tiki mecca, Three Dots and a Dash.

DIY Tepache Is the New “It” Cocktail Ingredient

Tepache, a rustic Mexican street beverage—traditionally made from fermented pineapple and spices—has found an unlikely home in America’s craft cocktail bars. Emma Janzen explores the growing world of DIY tepache.

Hecho in America: Distilling Agave Spirits Stateside

Mexico has been the agricultural and spiritual home of agave spirits for centuries. Now, some American distillers are attempting to fashion their own interpretation of the spirit on U.S. soil. Will they succeed? Emma Janzen investigates.