1. Cut a whole lime in half (lengthwise), then make an incision through the middle of the inner pulp (across the width of the lime). Now cut the lime into 6-8 segments, making cuts lengthwise. By cutting the lime like this, you quickly create wedges with slits that can fit on the edge of a glass.
2. Pour some white sugar in a saucer. Run one wedge of lime around the rim of the glass you are going to use. Turn the glass upside down and rotate it in the sugar to coat the rim.
3. Wash a sprig of mint and pull the leaves off the stem, placing them at the bottom of the glass. Squeeze a few lime wedges and place them at the bottom of the glass as well. Using a muddler and a strong arm, muddle the lime wedges and leaves to extract the oil and juice. If you don't have a muddler, the back end of a wooden spoon will work fine (however, you can buy muddlers for under $5 at places like World Market).
4. Add two teaspoons of sugar (you can use more or less depending on your preferences), followed by another lime wedge or two (save two wedges for garnish). Muddle the concoction again.
5. Completely fill the glass with ice and pour 2 oz of light rum over the ice. If you don't have a jigger to measure out the rum, pour the rum slowly and count up to 4 seconds. If you accidentally pour in a little extra, it will be OK (wink)!
6. Top off the glass with plain soda water and give your drink a stir using a long spoon. To finish off your Mojito, garnish with a clean sprig of mint and two lime wedges on the rim of the glass. I also highly recommend a bendy straw. :)
Tada! Now you're ready to sit back, relax, and enjoy this fabulous summertime cocktail! I hope you all have had some nice weather like we have in Chicago the last few days (minus the storm last night)! Do you all love Mojitos as much as I do? What are some of your other summer favorites? Be on the lookout for another one of my favorites in a couple weeks!
P.S. Happy Birthday to my Dad, whom I'm sure would love a Mojito to celebrate!