My Great Grandmother would have made this in the first half of last century I’d guess. From the recipe card it is an ‘old family recipe’ of Mrs. Blair. I do not know who Mrs. Blair would be but I would not be surprised to find she owned a distillery or perhaps a still at the time. My Great Grandparents lived each in New York City and then in Washington DC where my Great Grandfather was the Administrator of the Carnegie Institute. They entertained lots of out of town scientists and mixed with a fascinating circle. As an example (history buffs take note), my mother remembers as a very young girl watching President Roosevelt’s third inauguration parade from Alger Hiss’ apartment (which predated his conviction for spying and other questionable activities). All this to be said, I feel confident ‘Grammy’ was a Bon Vivant and not a booze-hound, despite what the ingredients of this recipe suggest.
Note on use of raw eggs: This recipe uses raw eggs (as did the recipe I made with Paul). Living in more cautious times with concerns over Salmonella (which was present then too) to be the most cautious I would recommend using pasteurized eggs which should remove any risk from eating raw eggs. The statistics on contracting Salmonella are pretty slight but of course follow your own judgment.