Behind the Bar: David Needham's Cupid's Hot Pop

Whether you're stoked on Valentine's Day or really loathe it, this Cupid's Hot Pop cocktail will engage all your senses on the love- (or hate-)filled holiday. Not only is it pretty and sweet-tasting, it also includes Pop Rocks that will make drinking this cocktail really fun.

David Needham, manager of Vista Lounge at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort and Spa and whom we profiled yesterday in Behind the Bar, showed us how to make one. Just be careful--they're pretty addictive!

The bartender: David Needham, a Culinary Institute of America graduate who's worked behind the bar, in the kitchen and in the front of the house

The ingredients: 2 ounces vodka, 1 ounce cinnamon schnapps, 1 ounce strawberry puree, 1 package cotton candy-flavored Pop Rocks, splash of simple syrup

How to make it:

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Nicki Escudero
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