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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Julep \Ju"lep\ (j[=u]"l[e^]p), n. [F., fr. Sp. julepe, fr. Ar. & Per. jul[=a]b, jull[=a]b, fr. Per. gul[=a]b rose water and julep; gul rose + [=a]b water.] [1913 Webster] 1. A refreshing drink flavored with aromatic herbs; especially (Med.), a sweet, demulcent, acidulous, or mucilaginous mixture, used as a vehicle. --Milton. [1913 Webster] Honey in woods, juleps in brooks. --H. Vaughan. [1913 Webster] 2. An alcoholic beverage composed of brandy, whisky, or some other spirituous liquor, with sugar, pounded ice, and sprigs of mint; -- called also mint julep. [U.S.] [1913 Webster]