“Elayne’s passion for all things spirits and cocktails is truly infectious,” says Gary Regan, author of The Joy of Mixology, and founder of Cocktails in the Country, an intensive hands-on course on bartending and mixology that Elayne attended in 2007. “She has the personality of a top-notch bartender, a thirst for knowledge and an innate ability to communicate with anyone and everyone.”
Elayne Duff has been the head mixologist for Diageo Wine and Spirits for the past seven years, creating cocktails for some of New York City’s finest restaurants, including Le Bernardin, Central Park Boathouse and Villa Pacri.
She studied mixology as a student of the Beverage Alcohol Resource, America’s premiere course on spirits and cocktails, where she honed her technique under world-renowned mixology experts Paul Pacult, David Wondrich, Steve Olson, Doug Frost and Dale Degroff.
In 2009, Elayne was honored by the James Beard Foundation as one of the most prominent female mixologists in the country.
Elayne currently teaches monthly spirit seminars at Astor Wine and Spirits in New York City. She also conducts spirit tastings and creates specialty cocktails for corporations and private events through her company,
Elayne D on the Rocks.
Elayne's cocktails can be found at these locations.