An old Cuban original and favorite of Ernest Hemingway, the mojito is a great cocktail for the beach or backyard barbecues. Minty, citrusy, and refreshing.
In the bottom of your chilled highball glass, muddle 5-6 mint leaves by pressing lightly with your muddler. Add simple syrup, lime juice, and rum, then fill the glass with soda water and stir. Garnish with a spring of mint (clap the leaves between your hands once to bruise them and bring out the aroma) and a wedge of lime.