The recipe for the Mint Julep cocktail first appeared in 1803 in a publication by John Davis who wrote "A dram of spirituous liquor that has mint in it, taken by Virginians in the morning", the consumption of this cocktail could date back to the 17th or 18th century. John Davis does not specify which spirit was originally used, this question is still debated. The recipe was then published in 1862 in "How to mix drinks" by Jerry Thomas, which called for the use of brandy (Cognac...), and declined the Mint Julep in several variants: Brandy Julep, Gin Julep, Whiskey Julep and the Pineapple Julep.
Since 1938 thanks to Churchill Downs, the Mint Julep has been the flagship drink of the "Kentucky Derby". This is a horse race that takes place in Louisville in the state of Kentucky in the United States. Over 2 days, no less than 80,000 mints juleps have been sold.