I like to use a simple syrup made with turbinado sugar in my mojitos since it brings out the molasses flavors of the rum, but plain white sugar works as well.
- 2 to 4 strawberries, hulled and sliced (4 if small berries, 3 if medium, 2 if truly massive)
- 8 mint leaves
- 1/2 ounce simple syrup (1:1 sugar and water; I prefer turbinado sugar)
- 3/4 ounce fresh squeezed lime juice
- 2 ounces white rum
- 1 ounce sparkling water
- Crushed ice
- Citrus juicer
- Canvas ice bag
1 Muddle the strawberries: Place the strawberries, mint, and simple syrup in the bottom of a glass, and muddle until the strawberries are smushed and juicy. If you don’t have a muddler, crumple the mint with your hands just a bit before dropping it into the glass, then smush with the back of a spoon to release the flavor.
2 Add the remaining ingredients: Add crushed ice on top of the strawberries and mint, then pour in the lime juice and rum.
3 Stir: Use a bar spoon or teaspoon to stir the drink. Don’t stir too vigorously, otherwise you’ll bring the mint to the surface!
4 Top with sparkling water: Fill the remainder of the glass with more crushed ice, then top with sparkling water.