Darrin realized his passion for designing cocktails in 2003 when he was taught to make a Pisco Sour behind the bar of El Alimbique, high in the Chilean Andes. The cocktail’s elegant simplicity sparked in him a passion for mixology that would soon become his life’s pursuit.
In 2004, Darrin moved to Aspen, CO to further develop his cocktail skills at bustling apre ski spots, including 39 Degrees in the Sky Hotel. After three years in the Colorado Rockies, he moved to Boulder to join the bar team at Bacaro. By 2011, he had partnered with the Bacaro owners to open PastaVino, where he developed and managed a cocktail program offering modern interpretations of classic cocktails.