Time for a Witchy Brew with Shrunken Apple Skulls

This post is a collaboration with Not Very Lady Like. I brewed the potion and NVLL provided the witchy mugs! No additional compensation was received. All opinions are my own. 

I had my first sip of cider for the season this weekend and I forgot how delicious it is. It’s a little early to say for sure, but I think fresh apple cider is going to be my go-to drink for fall.

Since it is officially spooky season with Halloween headed our way, a seasonal drinking mug is a must. I recently heard someone say they have a mug collection that they pull out for each holiday season and my mind was blown! Why have I not started this before now? Needless to say, I’ve decided to officially start building a Halloween mug collection and my first mug is from my go-to Etsy shop, Not Very Lady Like.

I’ve talked about Not Very Lady Like on my blog before — featuring their Hogwarts mug in my butterbeer latte recipe and raving about their cute Hobbit Door sweatshirt (so cozy!). Now, NVLL has added some new witch’s brew items to their shop and they are magical.

Available as both a clear and frosted glass mug, this design is perfect for any hot or cold brew, especially if you want to show off your witchy vibes throughout the holiday season (or throughout the year).

Let’s take a moment to appreciate how cute this design and the mugs are!

I just love how the design utilizes all of the space around the mug! The phrases, the lettering, and the graphics are charming, mystical, and timeless.

Find this Witch’s Brew Mug from Not Very Lady Like on Etsy — and make sure to follow NVLL on Instagram for updates on new items.

How to Carve Apple Pieces to Look Like Skulls

Inspired by the fall leaves and the cooler weather that’s been rolling in, I decided to make my own witch’s brew in Not Very Lady Like’s fitting mugs!

Pour yourself a glass of your favorite cider (or other potion) and add some spooky (and cute) shrunken apple skulls! These were so easy to make, but they took the witchy vibes up ten levels!

What You Need:

  • Granny Smith apples (they seem to brown slower)
  • Paring knife
  • Baking sheet
  • Parchment paper

Pre-heat your oven to 250 degrees. Place a piece of parchment paper on top of your baking sheet and set to the side.

Clean your apples and remove the skin. Next cut off pieces of apple which you will carve into individual skulls.

Remember, the apples skulls will shrink some in the oven. For my heads, I mostly cut four pieces from each apple, and ended with two wider and two skinnier pieces.

Next, use a paring knife to carefully carve facial features into each piece — holes for the eyes, nose, and mouth. For the wider pieces, feel free to carve off extra pieces around the chin and top of the head to create a unique head shape.

Place your carved apple heads on the baking sheet lined with parchment paper, then bake in the pre-heated oven for 1.5-2 hours, until the apples are dry and begin to brown.

Once your apples are out of the oven, add one to each mug of cider.

Sip, sip! Time to enjoy your witchy brew!


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