This is one of my favourite cocktails - refreshing, adaptable and easy to make plus uses up that mint that's taking over the garden!
6 limes (plus slices), to serve
4 tbsp sugar
4-5 mint sprigs
350ml white rum
600ml sparking water
STEP 1 Chop each lime into six pieces and put them into a two-litre jug. Add the sugar and get muddling - which just means squish the lime wedges with a muddler, or the end of a rolling pin works just fine. Keep crushing to release all the juices.
STEP 2 Bruise the leaves of the mint by laying a sprig on your palm and then clap the other hand on top - use this playlist if you'd like to do this to music! Drop them into the jug. Repeat with the remaining sprigs.
STEP 3 Add about three-quarters of the ice to the jug, and then add the rum. Stir with a long-handled spoon to mix all the ingredients together gently and top up with the sparkling water. Stir once more, then serve poured into tall glasses with a few extra ice cubes and lime slices.
My favourite twists
Muddle 9-10 strawberries, 2 chopped limes and 2 tbsp granulated sugar in a large jug. Bruise the leaves from 2 mint sprigs and add to the jug with a pinch of black pepper. Add lots of ice and stir in 350ml white rum and 600ml sparkling water.
Use up that supermarket basil plant! Muddle a handful of basil leaves, 2 chopped limes and 2 tbsp granulated sugar in a large jug. Bruise the leaves from 2 mint sprigs and add to the jug. Add lots of ice and stir in 350ml white rum and 600ml sparkling water.