ju·​lep | \ ˈjü-ləp How to pronounce julep (audio) \

Definition of julep

1 : a drink consisting of a liquor (such as bourbon or brandy) and sugar poured over crushed ice and garnished with mint
2 : a drink consisting of sweet syrup, flavoring, and water

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Recent Examples on the Web Another fall update on the julep is an easy addition of a seasonal herb. Dana Mcmahan, The Courier-Journal, "A Kentucky Derby like no other. Here are some fall-inspired twists on classic Derby dishes," 1 Sep. 2020 The experience of bringing the julep up to your mouth to sip and greeting your nose with the fragrance of mint is part of the experience. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "From self-serve food to batched cocktails, here are safety tips for Kentucky Derby at home," 29 Aug. 2020 Bucky’s Lounge, named for a beloved julep-slinging bartender, has a sprawling bayside patio. Jessica Fender, NOLA.com, "Take a weekend drive to friendly Fairhope for fishing, quiet beaches and quirky 'castles'," 18 Aug. 2020 But at Festival Unveiled, juleps are made with endless unique ingredients. Dahlia Ghabour, The Courier-Journal, "A mint julep with what? Unusual ingredients shine at Festival Unveiled's julep competition," 6 Mar. 2020 Starting next year, the Derby julep glasses are going to have Justify’s name on it. Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, "Justify's co-owners from Louisville enjoying historic Triple Crown run," 1 June 2018 Admittedly, the iconic Louisville racetrack uses Old Forester, not Jim Beam, in its juleps, but the amount of bourbon that may have been lost could be enough for three Kentucky Derby weekends at Churchill Downs. Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, "A eulogy for the 6 million bottles of bourbon that may be lost in the Jim Beam fire," 3 July 2019 Yes, a Woodford Reserve watermelon julep is a thing. Rachel Aretakis, The Courier-Journal, "Everything you need to know about Kentucky Derby 2018," 2 May 2018 Bourbon and horses are Kentucky's two most famous exports, so juleps and the Derby are a perfect combination. Jenna West, SI.com, "What Ingredients Are In A Mint Julep?," 2 May 2018

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First Known Use of julep

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for julep

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

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“Julep.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/julep. Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of julep

: a drink of bourbon, sugar, and mint served with crushed ice

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