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mint julep

an alcoholic drink traditionally made with bourbon, sugar, and finely cracked ice and garnished with sprigs of mint, served in a tall, frosted glass: also made with other kinds of whiskey, brandy, and sometimes rum.
Origin of mint julep
An Americanism dating back to 1800-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The colonel paused with the mint julep halfway to his lips, and set it down.

  • This was about the same as sucking "mint julep" with a straw.

  • I thought that orangeade might meet the case, but the waiter mentioned a mint julep.

    Over Here Hector MacQuarrie
  • "Not every one can make a mint julep as Clem can," said his hostess.

    The Boss of Little Arcady Harry Leon Wilson
  • Will you have your mint julep before I pour your coffee, Mr. Goodloe?

    The Heart's Kingdom

    Maria Thompson Daviess
  • For mint julep add one dozen sprigs of fresh mint to the lemon juice and sugar before adding the water.

  • At dinner Beverly noticed his abstraction, and recommended a mint julep, which Emily went out immediately to prepare.

    The Ancient Law Ellen Glasgow
  • He goes to Charleston races, but never backs a horse, scarcely, and one mint julep would make him see two crows.

    The Ghost Girl H. De Vere Stacpoole
British Dictionary definitions for mint julep

mint julep

(mainly US) a long drink consisting of bourbon whiskey, crushed ice, sugar, and sprigs of mint
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