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Cook the Book: The Throwdown Cocktail

Part of the reason that Bobby Flay's Throwdown! is such an enjoyable half-hour is getting to see Flay step out of his comfort zone. Some challenges are simpler than others, especially when Flay is able to sneak in some of his signature Southwestern flavors, but others prove to be a bit more of an undertaking, sometimes requiring a little coaching from an expert.

On the Cocktails episode of Throwdown, Flay found himself pitted against Tobin Ellis, Vegas bartender extraordinaire. It was one of those challenges where Flay shouldn't have stood a chance but thanks to a consult with cocktail guru Dale Degroff, Flay was able to come up with a rum-based cocktail took the prize. With sweet chunks of pineapple, herbal notes from basil and mint, a spicy ginger syrup, and rich float of coconut cream, The Thowndown Cocktail won the judges over. I mixed up a pitcher of these Throwdown!-inspired cocktails at home—it only took one sip to figure out why Flay was the winner of this challenge. The mix was sweet and tropical, but with enough bright and sour notes to keep it from being cloying. The only suggestion that I'd make: triple or even quadruple the recipe. You're going to want another round for sure.

As always with our Cook the Book feature, we have five (5) copies of Bobby Flay's Throwdown! to give away this week.

Adapted from Bobby Flay's Throwdown! by Bobby Flay. Copyright © 2010. Published by Clarkson Potter. Available wherever books are sold. All Rights Reserved.

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