One thing you will need for the perfect Mojito is a good muddler.
There are several choices for rum but my choice is Plantation Rum, you can use either classic rum or even a light colored or golf rum. I like to splash with a half ounce of Cointreau. If you want to live on the end you could always make a Mexican Mojito switching from Rum to Tequila.
8 leaves fresh mint
3 slices of limes, halved, divided
1 ½ tablespoons bakers sugar
1.75 ounces rum
0.5 ounces Cointreau
sparkling mineral water
lime and mint for garnish
In a tall 12oz glass, add mint leaves, 2 slices of lime (that have been halved) and sugar. Using a muddling tool, muddle ingredients in the bottom of glass for 7 turns to release flavor and juices. Do not over muddle. Add one more slice of lime (halved) and fill the glass with chipped ice.
Pour rum and Cointreau over ice and fill to the top with sparkling mineral water. Served with s straw, using it to release more of the mint flavor and dissolve the sugar on the bottom of glass