I will say, however, that this is only as good as your apple cider. I do wish I could go to the Franklin Cider Mill in Michigan for some of the best cider made (but I'd have to get some fresh donuts while I was there and we know I don't need to be doing that!). So, get the best cider you can find.
3 tablespoons gold rum
2 tablespoons brandy
1 1/2 tablespoons apple cider (I doubled this!)
1 teaspoon pure maple syrup (preferably B Grade).....I only found "A"...don't know if that's better or not!!
3/4 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
2 thin apple slices
Combine first 5 ingredients in a cocktail shaker: fill with ice. Cover and shake vigorously until cold. Strain into 2 coupe (?) glasses. Cut slit in each apple slice and attach to rim of each glass.
I served these with freshly toasted pumpkin seeds (that I scraped out of two pie pumpkins that I'm gonna roast later this afternoon....I hadn't scraped a pumpkin since I was a kid!!) tossed in olive oil, salt and a little soy sauce.....yummy!
UPDATE***In a surprise turn of events, Miss Charlotte loved the pumpkin seeds....so those get a boost...and Mr. B loved the cocktail (and he's not a cocktail drinker). Double success. I do have to recommend this cocktail to my father....I think you'd love it, Pop!