Blackberry Syrup adds a distinctive summer flavor to Derby Juleps.
Makes about 2 1/2 cups
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups water
6 ounces fresh blackberries, halved
15 fresh mint sprigs
Boil sugar and water, stirring often, 2 to 3 minutes or until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat; add blackberries and fresh mint sprigs, and cool completely. Cover and chill 24 hours. Strain syrup; discard solids.