1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup water
3 fresh strawberries
4-5 fresh spearmint sprigs, chopped or torn into smaller pieces
2 ounces light rum (optional, leave it out for a virgin mojito)
1. In a small saucepan, combine the sugar and water. Bring to a boil and boil until the mixture is clear. Remove from heat and let cool. Store extra in the refrigerator.
2. In a tall glass, add 3 tablespoons simple syrup, the strawberries, and the mint and muddle together with the back of a spoon or a muddler.
3. Squeeze the juice from the lime into the glass, add the rum and stir well.
4. Fill the glass with ice and top off with soda water.