Over muddling the mint is a big mistake.  The stems are bitter, so you end up adding more sugar to compensate.  Give the mint leaves a smack by holding them in one palm and clapping you hands once.  Then add them to the shaker.  The ice cubes will do the rest of the muddling for you.

  • 2 oz. Cruzan Light Rum
  • 1 oz. lime juice
  • 8 – 10 mint leaves
  • 1 oz. simple syrup
  • 4 oz. club soda
  1. Shake all ingredients, except club soda, with ice cubes
  2. Pour unstrained into chilled Collins glass
  3. Fill with club soda (about 4 oz.)
  4. Garnish with a mint sprig

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