Huzzah!  My copy of Ted Haigh’s Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails arrived today!  It’s a must if you’re into cocktail history / geekery, and beautifully illustrated with vintage posters and labels.  I will be working my way through it, slowly.  This looked like a good one with which to start.  The earliest versions of it date to the 1800s.

The Blackthorn

2 oz gin (I used Martin Miller’s)
.75 oz Dubonnet Rouge
.75 oz Kirschwasser

Stir, strain, drop a cherry in it (I used a brandied one) and hang a lemon twist off the side.  Getting one of your dogs to invade just as you take the picture makes it taste better.

I have to admit that this isn’t 100% to my liking.  It’s a bit spirit-forward for me (read:  Whoa!  That gin is beating the crap out of my palate!)  Maybe some Hayman’s Old Tom would be better next time.  I added a couple more cherries and a little cherry syrup, but it’s still kicking my ass.  Suggestions on how this might be adjusted are welcome.