2-4 strawberries, hulled and sliced (extra for garnish)
¾ ounce fresh lime juice
½ ounce simple syrup
8 fresh mint leaves (extra sprig for garnish)
2 ounces white rum
1 ounce sparkling water/club soda
Crushed ice (to fill glass)
Directions: 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.
Add the remaining ingredients: Add crushed ice on top of the strawberries and mint, then pour in the lime juice and rum.
Use a bar spoon or teaspoon to stir the drink. Don’t stir too vigorously, otherwise you’ll bring the mint to the surface!
Top with sparkling water: Fill the remainder of the glass with more crushed ice, then top with sparkling water.