World traveler, cocktail guru, James Beard nominee and spirits expert Elayne Duff has presided as the head mixologist and Spirits Ambassador for Diageo Wine and Spirits luxury portfolio for the past seven years.
As a graduate of the B.A.R, Elayne is a champion of top quality spirits, fresh ingredients, and signature recipes. She crafts cocktails for Manhattan’s top restaurants, bars, hotels and lounges. Her credits include appearances as an expert on Spike TV’s hit show “Bar Rescue” and she is currently training bartenders across the nation at the newly designed Delta Airlines Elite Lounges. In addition, she has designed cocktails for celebrity-studded events including Sean Combs-White Party (New York), Sean Combs-Walk of Fame (Los Angeles), NBC Ben Silverman Upfront Event, Hampton Magazine’s 30th Anniversary Party, Nicole Miller’s in store fashion week party and Gourmet Magazine’s On-Line Application launch.
“Elayne’s devotion for all things spirits and cocktails is truly infectious,” says Gaz Regan the bartender and author formerly known as Gary Regan. Her dedication has sent her around the world, exploring the true integrity of the craft at some of today’s most prominent spirits’ distilleries.
Her talent as an entertaining and engaging speaker has made Elayne welcome at the most esteemed global trade shows in the industry, including Tales of the Cocktail, where she was nominated for Best Brand Ambassador in 2012, Manhattan Cocktail Classic, Art of the Cocktail (Victoria, BC), and Copenhagen Wine and Spirits.
When she’s not teaching, traveling, or creating cocktails, Elayne can be found with her seven-year old daughter, Dylan, and her husband, Philip, with whom she lives in Manhattan.