Get into the spooky season with this pumpkin juice recipe, Harry Potter lovers! Made with simple ingredients and real pumpkin, it's the perfect treat for that Harry Potter movie marathon or your upcoming halloween party.
You're looking at the ultimate Potterhead kid. I read all the Harry Potter books cover to cover multiple times until the books were worn, dog-eared corners were tearing, and the covers were half hanging off. I was never caught without one.
You have no idea how many times I was told I was carrying a book bigger than myself, I ended up being nicknamed 'the book lady' by the lunch ladies in my middle school.
One of them sold bootleg movies so she would give me a free Harry Potter one if I could answer her trivia questions. Couldn't catch me slipping, I was the Harry Potter fan to beat, honey!
So Harry Potter's pumpkin juice recipe was definitely overdue here. It's the quintessential magical drink in the Harry Potter series. The most popular drink in Hogwarts, pumpkin juice is served breakfast, lunch, dinner, on the Hogwarts Express, and in Hogsmeade.
What's so great about this tasty pumpkin juice recipe is that it's the perfect fall beverage: you can drink ice-cold pumpkin juice while it's still warm in September, then have mugs of steamy pumpkin juice once the temperatures cool down.
It has a smooth pumpkin flavor with warm fall spice, it one of my favorite fall drinks!
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The History of Pumpkin Juice
Yes, y'all, pumpkin juice has lore. Honestly what makes Harry Potter recipes and the series itself so great is that everything has history to it.
Pumpkin juice was created as a source of income for London Pumpkins & Sons, a fictitious company, in 1837. It quickly one of the most popular drinks in the magical world, especially amongst the kids at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, then spread in popularity across the world throughout the 20th century.
It is not something muggles drink; they stick to orange juice, while Harry literally daydreams about a cold bottle of pumpkin juice when he's stuck in the muggle world.
The full recipe with measurements is in the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post.
The pumpkin juice you find at Harry Potter world in Orlando is easy to replicate at home, with all the ingredients easy to find at your local grocery store.
Apple Cider. You'll find apple cider during the fall season in the refrigerated section of your local grocery store
Pumpkin Puree. Not pumpkin pie filling! Make sure it's 100% pureed pumpkin! You can make your own or buy it in a can.
Brown Sugar. Just a bit for a hint of sweetness.
Peach Nectar or Apricot Nectar. You should be able to find this at your local grocery store in the juice aisle.
Pumpkin Pie Spice. Don't have any? All you need is some ground cinnamon, a little clove, a bit of allspice berries and some ginger.
Cinnamon sticks. Get yourself a cinnamon stick or two for both the simmering and the garnishing.
Vanilla extract. This helps round out those spiced and fruity flavors.
In a large pot over medium heat, mix together all of the ingredients and bring them to a gentle simmer.
After they simmer for about 10-15 minutes, pour the drink through a fine mesh strainer into a large pitcher to catch the majority of the pumpkin puree.
Let the pumpkin juice chill in your fridge until it's cool enough to drink. For the best results, pour over ice cubes if you're looking for ice-cold pumpkin juice like Harry.
Or drink it warm for a cozy beverage on a cold day!
This is great for halloween parties, serve it up as a punch!
For extra fun, add 'brew glitter', which will give a magical swirling glittery effect that is 100% mesmerizing and totally edible!
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- 1 gallon apple cider
- 2 cups peach or apricot nectar
- 1 (15 oz) can pumpkin puree
- ⅓ cup light brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon ground ginger
- ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
- ¼ teaspoon allspice berries
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- Cinnamon sticks, for garnish
- Write instructions In a large pot over medium heat, pour in all the ingredients except the vanilla and let come to a lively simmer.
- Bring the temperature down to medium-low and let gently simmer for 20 minutes.
- Pour the pumpkin juice carefully through a fine mesh sieve into a heat-safe large pitcher.
- Let chill in the fridge for a couple of hours before serving or serve hot .with cinnamon stick garnish.
DO NOT USE APPLE CIDER VINEGAR. They are not the same!
Keep the pumpkin juice in a pitcher with a lid in the fridge for up to 5 days. Give it a stir, the pumpkin and spices will settle to the bottom.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 210Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 17mgCarbohydrates: 51gFiber: 2gSugar: 43gProtein: 1g
All nutrition facts are estimations. Please see a physician for any health-related inquiries.
Eden Westbrook is the recipe developer, writer, and photographer behind Sweet Tea and Thyme. A classically trained chef, Eden has inspired home cooks into the kitchen with cultural comfort foods, easy family-friendly eats and sweets, and glorious spreads for date night and entertaining since 2015.