Place mint and lime in a tall glass and carefully muddle together to release the mint oils and fresh juice. Don't grind them up too much or you'll be spitting out tiny pieces of mint!
Fill glass 1/2 full with ice over the muddled ingredients.
Fill cocktail shaker with ice. Pour in simple syrup, coconut rum, and cream of coconut.
Shake for 20 seconds then strain into glass.
Top off drink with club soda and stir carefully. Adjust to taste with a squeeze of fresh lime juice if you like.
Garnish with a lime wheel and a sprig of mint. You can also add a dollop of coconut flakes on top!
Grow your own mint! However, be warned that mint is a very invasive plant. I grow mine in an extra-large pot on my front patio. It's very hardy and easy to grow. Just go outside and pinch off the leaves you need, which will actually encourage new growth!
You can swap out the coconut cream for coconut milk or coconut water as desired (for slightly different tastes and textures).
If you like, you can make your own lime flavored simple syrup. To make enough simple syrup for this recipe, you will need 1/4 cup water, 1/4 cup sugar and the zest of 1 lime. Boil the sugar and water together and let it cool completely. Stir in the lime zest. You can also purchase simple syrup from the store and stir in lime zest, or just use plain simple syrup.