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Tonka Bean Manhattan
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5 from 3 votes

Tonka Bean Manhattan

The Tonka Bean Manhattan is a smooth, delightful twist on the classic Rye Whiskey cocktail. Tonka beans add notes of vanilla, caramel and almonds to the mix, creating a sublime & mellow drink.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time0 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Drink - non-alcoholic
Cuisine: Worldwide
Servings: 1


Tonka Bean Syrup

  • 2 Tonka beans
  • 125 ml/ ½ cup Water
  • 125 g/ ⅝ cup/ 4 ½ oz White caster sugar

Tonka Bean Manhattan

  • 45 ml/ 3 tbsp Rye Whiskey
  • 15 ml/ 1 tbsp Red Vermouth
  • 15 ml/ 1 tbsp Tonka bean syrup


Make the Syrup

  • Put the sugar and water into a small, heavy based pan and heat on moderate until the sugar has dissolved then bring to the boil and take off the heat
  • Give the tonka beans a few firm taps with the end of a rolling pin to split them into pieces and add to the syrup. Let infuse for 24 hours
  • Strain the liquid through a fine meshed sieve or a piece of muslin and decant the syrup into a screw-top bottle
  • Store in the fridge for up to 6 weeks

Make the Tonka Bean Manhattan

  • Put a handful of ice cubes into the bottom of a cocktail shaker (or jug)
  • Pour in the whiskey, vermouth and the syrup
  • Stir for 20 seconds then strain into a cocktail glass
  • Garnish with cocktail cherries and serve straight away