ju·​lep ˈjü-ləp How to pronounce julep (audio)
: a drink consisting of a liquor (such as bourbon or brandy) and sugar poured over crushed ice and garnished with mint
: a drink consisting of sweet syrup, flavoring, and water

Examples of julep in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That history is of course full of horrors, not the golden past portrayed in works about the gracious days of juleps and spirituals. Jesse Green, New York Times, 18 Dec. 2023 For the mixologist learning to shave his own julep and cone ice, this is an opportunity to find a fun and interesting blade that functions well, maintains an edge, and doubles as decor. G. Clay Whittaker, Bon Appétit, 8 Dec. 2023 Join with fellow horse racing fans to watch the Kentucky Derby with $5 mint juleps and Miss B’s juleps. The San Diego Union-Tribune Staff, San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 May 2023 The classic cocktail is made simply of muddled mint, sugar, and bourbon with ample crushed ice; and of course, a julep wouldn't be a julep if it wasn't served in a frosty metal cup. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, 1 Mar. 2023 Crushed ice, meanwhile, dilutes cocktails quickly because of its high surface area, creating the refreshing, slushy consistency found in juleps that would taste too cloying otherwise. Amy Brady, Scientific American, 15 June 2023 Return to menu Nothing says Derby day quite like a julep, the most iconic of all racetime refreshments. Emily Heil, Washington Post, 4 May 2023 One final note: Hold your horses; a julep isn’t meant to be slammed! Brittany Anas, Forbes, 4 May 2023 In its simplest form, a julep has two ingredients: a spirit and sweetness. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, 10 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History


Middle English, from Middle French, from Arabic julāb, from Persian gulāb, from gul rose + āb water

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of julep was in the 14th century

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“Julep.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/julep. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

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ju·​lep ˈjü-ləp How to pronounce julep (audio)
: a drink of bourbon, sugar, and mint served with crushed ice

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