This is our favorite mojito recipe. Properly muddle and don't use too much club soda, and you'll not regret it.
Grab a light rum, simple syrup, fresh mint, a lime, and some club soda. You'll also need a muddler and a strainer.
Make some simple syrup - it's quick and easy and then you've got it around for iced coffee and plenty of other cold drinks. Heat 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water on the stove until all the sugar is dissolved. Let cool and pour into a container of your choosing. We use condiment bottles.
Muddle 8-10 sprigs of fresh mint with 1 oz simple syrup in the bottom of a shaker. Turn firmly about a dozen times, taking care not to brutalize the mint too much!
Shake it all up with ice and then pour over a strainer into a lowball glass. If you don't strain it, that's ok too, you will just have little green bits all in your drink. It's really fine either way. Top with club soda (only an oz or so, don't dilute it too much!) and a sprig of mint.
This recipe is from the PDT Cocktail book. We've made a couple recipes and this is by far our favorite.
8 sprigs fresh mint 1 oz simple syrup 2 oz light rum .75 oz fresh lime juice 1-2 oz club soda
Add the mint leaves and simple syrup to a mixing glass and muddle.
Add everything else, then shake with ice and fine-strain into a chilled Collins or lowball glass with ice.
Top with 1 oz club soda and garnish with mint sprig.