mint julep

With the historic nuclear deal finally taking effect, a sanctions-free Iran can now get back to doing what it has excelled at for centuries: trade.

Because of Iran's strategic position on the Silk Road, that ancient highway that snaked from China to Europe, the caravans of tea, spice and silk passing through it also carried a weightless but imperishable cargo to foreign shores: Persian culture.

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The official drink of tomorrow’s Kentucky Derby is the Kentucky Mint Julep, a drink that includes muddled mint leaves, sugar, ice and about two shots of bourbon served in the glass of your choice, but it’s supposed to be consumed from a silver or pewter cup. It’s a safe assumption that thousands of people will consume a variation of this drink tomorrow.