The Manhattan East bears only the most passing resemblance to the classic Manhattan cocktail, and yet it’s just as comforting and delightful. Invented by legend Dale DeGroff, it’s a brilliant pairing of bourbon, sake, and ginger liqueur. Sake plays the role of vermouth here, and it’s an inspired choice; it imbues the drink with a velvety body and softens the edges of the bourbon’s woodiness and the spice of ginger liqueur and Peychaud’s bitters.
Stir all ingredients with ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail or coupe glass. Light a match over the drink, and squeeze an orange twist over the flame. Tuck the twist into the glass as a garnish.