INGREDIENTS

2 tablespoons (1 ounce) fresh lime juice

2 heaping teaspoons superfine sugar

1 cup crushed ice

12 fresh mint leaves, plus 5 small sprigs for garnish

1/4 cup (2 ounces) white rum

club soda

 

PREPARATION

In 10-ounce glass (such as Collins or highball), stir together lime juice and sugar until sugar dissolves. Add 1/4 cup crushed ice. Rub mint leaves over rim of glass, then tear leaves in half and add to glass. Gently stir for 15 seconds, then crushed ice, and top with club soda. Gently stir for 5 seconds, then tuck mint sprigs into top of glass and insert tall straw.

 

Optional:

1/4 cup (2 ounces) white rum

Before adding the remaining crushed ice and club soda, pour 2 oz rum over the torn mint leaves in the glass