½tablespoon simple syrup or sugar. Syrup blends better.
1 ½teaspoonrum extractoptional
12 ouncessparkling water
Add the sliced strawberry and mint leaves to the glass. Squeeze the lime wedge, then add it to the glass.
Use a muddler to muddle (press) the fruit until it is broken down and juicy.
Add simple syrup and rum extract (if using). Fill the glass half way with crushed ice. If you don't have crushed ice, ice cubes do just fine.
Add the sparkling water until the glass is full. Stir well. Garnished with fresh mint and fresh strawberries if desired.
If you don't have a muddle, you can use the handle end of a wooden spoon. The idea is to mash the fruit and mint.
The rum extract gives the drink that rum flavor. It can totally be left out and is still delightful!
Make it a cocktail by adding 1 ½ ounces of white rum, and leave the rum extract out.
Simple syrup is made by heating equal parts of water and sugar just until the sugar is melted, then chill it. You can use straight sugar if you prefer, or honey, or a sugar substitute sweetener such as Swerve or Truvia. Make sure to use a conversion chart if you opt for a substitute.