Jake Emen, Washington Post

Jake Emen

Washington Post

Bethesda, MD, United States

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Past articles by Jake:

In praise of the airport shower

The airport shower is no mere opportunity to clean up. It’s a salve to the soul — an all-in-one solution to an arduous travel day. → Read More

Two Hundred Years Trending: A Definitive History of the ‘Drinks of Summer’ (Part 2)

We're taking a look back at Drinks of Summer throughout history, tracing their existence from the beginning of cocktails as we know it. → Read More

Two Hundred Years Trending: A Definitive History of the ‘Drinks of Summer’ (Part 1)

We're taking a look back at Drinks of Summer throughout history, tracing their existence from the beginning of cocktails as we know it. → Read More

It’s Time to Take Super-Premium Flavored Whiskey Seriously

While Crown Royal might be offering the first flavored whisky at a premium price point, it's also following a well-established trend. → Read More

Artificial Intelligence Has Already Infiltrated the Bar World More Than You Realize

Many industry professionals have caught on to the AI trend, using platforms like ChatGPT to generate cocktail recipes, bar posters, and more. → Read More

For the World’s Best Bars (and Bartenders), the Guest Shift Is a Right of Passage

The guest shift, or the pop-up, has gone from occasional curiosity to ubiquitous right of passage, reaching massive heights in the last year. → Read More

The Cognac Conundrum: Why the World’s Most Celebrated Brandy Is Ignored in Its Homeland

Despite Cognac's inherent connection with France and the country's love for other domestic products, the French refrain from drinking Cognac. → Read More

How Mexico City Became One of the Best Cocktail Cities in the Americas

Mexico City's cocktail culture has developed rapidly since the pandemic, creating a vibrant scene that ranks among the best in the world. → Read More

How to Spend a Perfect Weekend in Mexico City

Looking to spend a weekend in Mexico City? Our CDMX travel guide includes two hotel options, the best tacos and cocktail bars, and much more. → Read More

How to Spend 7 Perfect Days in Egypt

After a trip to Egypt, we put together a seven-day travel guide to the country from Cairo and Giza pyramids to a Nile cruise and tombs. → Read More

Seeking Shackleton’s “Little Voices” on a Two-Week Voyage to Antarctica

Our travel correspondent recounts a cruise to Antarctica from Abercrombie & Kent where he sought penguins, glaciers and Shackleton's spirit. → Read More

An Ode to the Airport Shower, an Underrated Travel Hack

I travel for a living, which means I spend an insane amount of time in airports. My best travel hack? Take advantage of the airport shower. → Read More

Why Gallo and AB InBev — America's Wine and Beer Behemoths — Are Dominating Spirits-Based RTDs Sales

RTDs produced by wine and beer companies like E&J Gallo and Anheuser-Busch have grown to dominate the spirits-based RTD category. → Read More

Take that upgrade, even if it means ditching your partner in economy

You earned it, after all. → Read More

With Totes and Refillable Bottles, This Company Is Revolutionizing Back Bar Sustainability

ecoSPIRITS is a tech company striving to create a closed-loop spirits economy with the use of refillable totes replacing single-use bottles. → Read More

A Jaunt in Bhutan, Where Happiness Is King and Travel Is Exclusive

Looking to travel to Bhutan? The "happy kingdom" changed some tourism rules after the pandemic, so we visited in 2022 to see what's new. → Read More

The 62 Best New Hotels That Opened in 2022

Our correspondent spent nearly 300 days on the road this year and found the best new places around the world to lay your head. → Read More

There’s No Wrong Way to Do St. Barts, But Le Carl Gustaf Is Exceptional

In St. Barts, our travel correspondent stayed at Hôtel Barrière Le Carl Gustaf Saint-Barth. Here's his review of the boutique hotel. → Read More

Amid the Gorillas of the Albertine Rift

Our travel correspondent recounts his 10-day gorilla trek in Africa (Rwanda and Uganda) seeking out mountain gorillas with Volcanoes Safaris. → Read More

How the Four Seasons Became an Incubator for Asia’s Best Bars

Singapore's Manhattan pulled off a rare repeat in Asia's 50 Best Bars list turning the Four Seasons into a World's 50 Best Bars power broker. → Read More