The MM C&T cocktail

Cognac and tonic make a great couple in this cocktail

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Cognac isn't just a great after-dinner drink; paired with this tonic syrup, it sings in a cocktail for happy hour or before dinner. So next time you're thinking of a gin and tonic, take a cue from Model Milk restaurant and try this recipe from Madeleine McDonald instead.

1 oz. cognac
1 oz. Model Milk tonic syrup
1 dash lime juice
1 dash Angostura Bitters
4 to 6 oz. soda water

Combine all ingredients in a rocks glass with ice. 

Top with soda and stir. 

Model Milk tonic syrup

4 cups water
3 tbsp citric acid
3 tbsp cinchona bark
3 stalks lemongrass, roughly chopped
3 limes, zest and juice
4 cups sugar

Place first 5 ingredients in a pot over high heat and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes. 

Strain off solids, add sugar and continue to heat on stove until sugar has dissolved. 

Cool and store for up to 2 weeks in the fridge to use as desired.