I'm Emma.

Writing and editing from my home base in Chicago, I'm Imbibe Magazine's Digital Content Editor and author of Mezcal: The History, Craft and Cocktails of the World's Ultimate Artisanal Spirit (Voyageur Press).

Recent Work


The CDMX’s vibrant drinks culture steps onto the international stage.


To create ciders with complexity, American cidermakers are tapping into tradition.


For Food52, a few tips for beginners.

I wrote a book! I’ve long been captivated by the beauty and depth found in mezcal, so I fully immersed myself in the history, production, and culture surrounding Mexico’s most diverse spirit to bring you this modern and practical guide. With stories from Oaxacan palenques and American mezcalerias, the book covers production details, modern history, a tasting guide and, yes, you guessed it—a collection of crazy good cocktail recipes. Order the book on AmazonBarnes & Noble or Indiebound, and find more goodies about the book itself here.
The Scoop
Emma Janzen is a journalist, editor and photographer specializing in all things drinks and design. Currently the digital content editor for James Beard Award-winning publication Imbibe Magazine, her work has also appeared in PUNCH, Bon Appetit, Food Republic, Dwell and more. She lives in Chicago with her husband and two tuxedo cats.
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