Shrunken Heads: One Ghoulish Garnish

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So, you’ve whipped up your Witch’s Brew for Halloween, and it tastes appropriately wicked. But there’s … something … missing. Of course! You need some shrunken heads as a garnish. I’m here for you. And you don’t even have to put a spell on anyone. All you need are some Granny Smith apples.

There’s still plenty of time to whip these up for your Halloween party. They’re simple to make, but you do need to soak the apples in lemon juice for 30 minutes and bake them for 90 minutes, so plan accordingly.

You can spear these babies with toothpicks and balance them on the edge of a cocktail glass, or float them in a punch bowl. (Click here for the recipe for Four Roses Commonwealth Punch, a great autumn/winter brew. Just remember you’ll need to allow an hour for the lemons and sugar to mingle and some time for the finished product to chill.) Poof! That’s one spooky sip.

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1 cup lemon juice

2 tbsp salt

4 Granny Smith apples

Cloves (optional)


How to Shrink the Heads

Preheat the oven to 250° F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. In a medium bowl, mix together the lemon juice and salt.

Peel the apples (and if you want, chop in half) and add to the lemon juice-salt mixture and let stand about 30 minutes.

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Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate and let drain for 20 minutes. With a paring knife, carve faces into the apples, then transfer the apples to the prepared baking sheet (if chopped in half, place the apples face-side up).


Bake until apples are dry and starting to brown, about 90 minutes. Once done, remove from baking sheet and press cloves into the eyes (if desired).


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