To make a classic mojito cocktail, take 6 ounces of rum, roughly 12 mint sprigs, 6 tablespoons of fresh lime juice and 4 tablespoons of granulated sugar. You also need one large bottle, or several small bottles, of club soda. Mix ingredients and serve over ice.
Add the mint sprigs, granulated sugar and lime juice to the glass, muddling them together at the bottom. If you don't have a muddler, try using the back of a spoon. When selecting the rum for the next stage, light or white rums are recommended. Spiced or dark rums offer flavor profiles inconsistent with the classic recipe and they may overpower the accompanying ingredients.
Recipes differ as to the next steps. Some state that you should place the rum in the glass first, then follow with the club soda, filling the remainder of the glass. Others, however, instruct you to put all the remaining components in the glass and then shake, either in a cocktail tumbler or by covering the glass itself. Thus, this stage may require some experimentation to discover the best result.
The traditional service or drinkware for the mojito is a Tom Collins glass, though any cocktail glass will suffice. Garnish the cocktail with extra mint leaves and or lime wedges. This amount serves approximately four people.