The Real Mojito
10 fresh mint leaves
½ lime, cut into 4 wedges
2 tablespoons white sugar, or to taste
1 cup ice cubes
1½ ounces white rum
½ cup club soda
1. Place mint leaves and 1 lime wedge into a sturdy glass. Use a muddler to crush the mint and lime to release the mint oils and lime juice. Add 2 more lime wedges and the sugar, and muddle again to release the lime juice. Do not strain the mixture.
2. Fill the glass almost to the top with ice. Pour rum over ice, and add carbonated water. Stir, taste, and add more sugar if desired. Garnish with the remaining lime wedge.
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