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Dark Rum Southsides

  • 12 large mint leaves plus 4 large sprigs
  • 1 lime, cut into 8 wedges
  • ½ cup freshly squeezed lime juice (4 limes)
  • ½ cup simple syrup (see note)
  • 1 cup dark rum, such as Mount Gay
  • 1 cup ice, plus extra for serving
  • 1 ½ cups sparkling water, such as San Pellegrino, chilled
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt

Put the mint leaves and 2 of the lime wedges in a large cocktail shaker and muddle them with a muddler or a long-handled wooden spoon. Add the lime juice, simple syrup, rum, and ice and stir 40 times with a long-handled swiveling cocktail spoon or the wooden spoon. Add the sparkling water and salt and stir well.

For each drink, fill a low cocktail glass half full with ice, add a mint sprig and a wedge of lime, and pour over the cocktail mixture. Stir and serve ice cold.

Copyright 2016, Cooking for Jeffrey, Clarkson Potter/Publishers, All Rights Reserved

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