This is a nice variation on the Manhattan from Dale DeGroff’s The Essential Cocktail: The Art of Mixing Perfect Drinks. Gary Regan had a background write up of this recipe as well.
It takes a couple special ingredients – ginger liqueur, the best marketed brand right now is Domaine de Canton, and dry sake. Duke has used some Domaine de Canton in a previous recipe, and it was his bar that was raided to for this purpose…
2.5 oz Bourbon
0.5 oz Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur
0.5 oz dry sake
2 dashes orange bitters (Regan’s Orange Bitters No. 6)
Flamed orange peel for garnish
Stir over ice 30 seconds or so, strain into chilled cocktail glass.
I’d recommend a smokier bourbon for this – Maker’s Mark or Knob Creek would make it too sweet. I’d go for Bulleit or Buffalo Trace. It’s a very complicated, balanced drink with the ginger and the orange and the sake. Both warm and crisp at the same time. Great for a late evening.