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Harry Potter Pumpkin Juice

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Pumpkin juice is a tall glass of fall flavors! Smooth pumpkin, apple cider, and spices combine to create a refreshing and flavorful drink. Its no wonder that Harry Potter and the Wizarding World loves this drink so much!

pumpkin juice in glass mug with pitcher and books behind

Slightly spiced, a hint of sweetness, and smooth pumpkin flavor. Pumpkin juice is like a more fall-ish version of apple cider, if that is even possible. The idea of drinking pumpkin puree might seem a little weird, but trust me when I say that it combines beautifully in this drink and creates a lovely full bodied, well flavored drink that wizards and muggles alike will love.

Deciding what to serve at your Hogwards dinner feast? Make more Harry Potter recipes with pumpkin pasties, cauldron cakes and treacle tart!

overhead view of two glasses on wooden tray with books

The secret to a great pumpkin juice is to simmer all the ingredients together first, and then chil. This helps all the flavors to really blend together, and really releases the flavors of the spices, so all the flavors are infused together. 

Its about as magical as you can get without a visit to Olivander’s.

Not only great for Harry Potter themed parties, this pumpkin juice would also be amazing served for any fall themed get together – including Halloween, Thanksgiving, or any gathering around a campfire.

two glasses of pumpkin juice with candles and wand

Ingredients needed: 

You only need a few simple ingredients to make this:

  • Apple Cider – Apple cider is a key ingredient to this recipe. Use a good quality, fresh cider for best results. In a pinch, you can also use apple juice, but the flavors won’t be as intense and rich.
  • Pumpkin Puree – Make sure you use pumpkin puree, not a pumpkin pie filling! You can use homemade, too.
  • Apricot Nectar – This might be the trickiest to find if you have never seen this before. You can find it in your juice aisle. It can come in jars or cans, and is sometimes called apricot juice. You can substitute peach or pear juice, too. In a pinch, you can substitute apricot preserves, too, but skip the brown sugar if you do. 
  • Brown Sugar – You might think that the apple cider and apricot nectar add plenty of sweetener to this recipe, and adding the extra brown sugar is optional. But I really think adding just a touch of sweetener helps to bring the pumpkin flavor out.
  • Pumpkin Pie Spice (affiliate link) Mix – adds extra great fall flavor to your drink. Make sure you use a fresh jar of spices for the best flavor.
  • Vanilla Extract – This helps round out the flavors a little more and adds just a touch of something extra special. Make sure to use a good quality extract, not an imitation.

How to make your own version at home

This is seriously a very simple fall drink recipe to make. For the full set of instructions, make sure you scroll down to the recipe card below. Here is a brief overview:

  1. In a large saucepan, combine the cider, pumpkin puree, apricot nectar, brown sugar, and pumpkin pie spice (affiliate link).
  2. Whisk together until combined.
  3. Heat over medium heat, just until it reaches a simmer and all the ingredients combine well. This helps all the flavors blend together really well.
  4. Pour into a large pitcher with a lid and chill in the refrigerator.
  5. Before serving, stir or whisk really well.
  6. Pour over ice and serve.
stirring ingredients for pumpkin juice

How to serve:

In the Harry Potter books, pumpkin juice is always served cold, and its definitely how I love to drink it, too. The flavors are just so deep and bright, and its so refreshing but also perfectly fall.

To make these extra fun and fancy, we always serve with a rim of cinnamon sugar! 

  1. Pour some cinnamon sugar onto a plate.
  2. Place a small amount of water onto another plate. You don’t need much, just enough to barely wet the rm of your glass.
  3. Turn the glass upside down and dip the edge of your glass into the water, shake off any excess, and then dip into the cinnamon sugar.
  4. Fill the glass with ice. Carefully ladle (or use a funnel) the pumpkin juice into the glass.
  5. Serve and enjoy!

Pumpkin Juice is amazing served over ice, but its also great warmed up. Just re-warm on the stovetop and ladle into your favorite mugs to enjoy on a crisp, cool night! Top off with a dollop of fresh whipped cream for a special treat.

Storage information:

Stored in an airtight pitcher in the fridge, this drink will be good for 2-3 days. Go ahead and make it the day before your party! 

Make sure you give it a good stir or shake before serving, as the pumpkin and spices can settle while it sits.

creating cinnamon sugar rim on glasses

Kids in the kitchen: How your kids can help you cook

Inviting your kids into the kitchen to cook with you is a great way to help them be more excited and interested in trying new foods. 

This is an awesome recipe to make with kids (especially when they are excited about Harry Potter) because it helps me be more familiar with how flavors and spices play together, helps them practice their whisking, and helps them practice pouring.

  • Kids aged 1-3 can help you measure out the ingredients and make the cinnamon sugar mixture.
  • Kids aged 4-6 can do everything above plus whisk the ingredients together.
  • Kids aged 7-10+ can help you do everything above, plus help you rim the glasses.

*Please note that these recommendations are generalized, and to please use your personal discretion with your child’s skill level. And always, always supervise! Read more about how to have your children help you in the kitchen.

glass of harry potter pumpkin juice with pitcher and wand

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Yield: 8 servings

Harry Potter Pumpkin Juice Recipe

glass of harry potter pumpkin juice with pitcher and wand

Pumpkin juice is a tall glass of fall flavors! Smooth pumpkin, apple cider, and spices combine to create a refreshing and flavorful drink. Its no wonder that Harry Potter and the Wizarding World loves this drink so much!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Chill Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 64 ounces apple cider
  • 15 ounces pumpkin puree
  • 2 cups apricot nectar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice mix
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Cinnamon Sugar Rim

  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice mix
  • water

Instructions

    1. In a large saucepan, combine the cider, pumpkin puree, apricot nectar, brown sugar, and pumpkin pie spice.
    2. Whisk together until combined.
    3. Heat over medium heat, just until it reaches a simmer and all the ingredients combine well. This helps all the flavors blend together really well.
    4. Pour into a large pitcher with a lid and chill in the refrigerator.
    5. Before serving, stir or whisk really well.

To make these extra fun and fancy, we always serve with a rim of cinnamon sugar!

  1. Mix the cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice together in a small bowl. You can use plain ground cinnamon, too, but I find the pumpkin pie spice adds extra flavor that I love.
  2. Pour some cinnamon sugar onto a plate.
  3. Place a small amount of water onto another plate. You don’t need much, just enough to barely wet the rim of your glass.
  4. Turn the glass upside down and dip the edge of your glass into the water, shake off any excess, and then dip into the cinnamon sugar.
  5. Fill the glass with ice. Carefully ladle (or use a funnel) the pumpkin juice into the glass.
  6. Serve and enjoy!

Notes

Stored in an airtight pitcher in the fridge, this drink will be good for 2-3 days. Go ahead and make it the day before your party!

Make sure you give it a good stir or shake before serving, as the pumpkin and spices can settle while it sits.

Serve cold or warm.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 203Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 18mgCarbohydrates: 50gFiber: 3gSugar: 42gProtein: 1g

Nutrition information is an estimate and is provided for informational purposes only. For the most accurate information, please calculate using your specific brands and exact measurements.

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