Place a tall glass on a flat surface such as a kitchen counter and add 12 mint leaves to the glass. Be sure to get the count of mint leaves correct. This is important to ensure the traditional taste of your Mojito.
With a sharp utility knife, cut a fresh lime into two equal halves. Set aside one half and squeeze out juice from the other half into the glass containing mint leaves.
Measure out 4 tsp white granulated sugar and add to the glass. As with mint leaves, make sure that you get the quantity of white granulated sugar correct.
Use a small masher to bruise the fresh mint and also dissolve the sugar at the same time. When mint leaves are bruised by the masher, oil from the leaves will escape into the glass and thus enrich the Mojito’s flavour.
Carefully measure out 1 1/2 ounces of white/light Rum and add it to the contents of the glass.
A traditional Mojito tastes best when it is chilled. To accomplish this, add 3 to 4 ice cubes to the glass.
Add 0.5 pint club soda as the last ingredient. Thoroughly stir the contents of the glass to ensure they are properly mixed. Use a spoon for this purpose. Your traditional Mojito is just about ready. All that remains to be done is to garnish the glass in order to make the drink look more delicious. Use a lime wheel and a mint leaf for this purpose.