As we approach Autumn, it’s time to start thinking of All Things Fall: leaves changing color, hand-knitted sweaters (courtesy of Mrs. Weasley?), and pumkpin everything. In fact, this week is usually the first week of the year when Starbucks offers its Pumpkin Spice Latte… For those of us who love Harry Potter, a Pumpkin Juice recipe is more appropriate.
Pumpkin Juice is a wildly popular drink in the Harry Potter books, and best of all – it’s super easy for Muggles to make too! In this post, you’ll learn all about pumpkin juice, plus discover my way-simpler-than-Veritaserum recipe for Pumpkin Juice – inspired by Harry Potter and friends. (In fact, the only easier potion I’ve shared on this site is Butterbeer!)
Read on to learn how to make Pumpkin Juice and enjoy the quintessential flavors of Autumn – and Halloween – in a glass.
Pumpkin Juice in the Wizarding World
Pumpkin Juice is a classic drink in the Wizarding World – it dates back to the 19th Century! (source) For Harry and other Hogwarts students, pumpkin juice was available aboard the Hogwarts Express. It was also served at a number of occasions, including breakfast, lunch, dinner, and special feasts. (It’s perfect for Halloween, obviously!)
Pumpkin Juice makes a number of appearances by name in the Harry Potter books. Here are just a few of the more memorable ones:
- In his second year, Harry dreams of pumpkin juice while flying the Ford Anglia to Hogwarts. (COS)
- The Gryffindors celebrate with pumpkin juice (and other treats) after Harry is named Triwizard Champion. (GOF)
- Harry, Ron & Hermione bring Sirius a flagon of pumpkin juice as he hides out in the cave near Hogsmeade. (GOF)
- Pumpkin juice was served at Bill & Fleur’s wedding, among other drinks. (DH)
And that’s just a sample of the many times pumpkin juice is mentioned in the books! It is a ubiquitous drink in the Wizarding World.
Speaking of the Wizarding World, Pumpkin Juice is also a popular drink you can buy at the Wizarding World in Orlando or Hollywood (and probably Osaka too, but I’ve never been there). This recipe was also inspired by the drink at those Universal Studios’ experiences. Hopefully, if you’ve bought Pumpkin Juice there, you’ll agree that my recipe is equally delicious!
How to Make Pumpkin Juice
Now that I’ve sold you on why Pumpkin Juice is a big part of the Wizarding World, you might wonder how tricky this potion is to make. Luckily – it’s not! With a few ingredients (admittedly, they’re pretty specific so you might need to order them online if you can’t find them in your local store), you can whip up a delicious drink to celebrate your team’s Quidditch victory or the festive Autumn holidays.
Because of its versatility – it’s served at every time from breakfast to Halloween to post-Quidditch-win parties –, it’s safe to assume that Pumpkin Juice isn’t too sweet – you want it to wake up your mouth without tasting like dessert!
Start by collecting those ingredients. You need:
- Apple Cider – I used Martinelli’s non-sparkling
- Apricot Nectar – I used Hero
- Pumpkin Purée – I used the Whole Foods store brand
- Brown Sugar – I used Swerve, to cut down on the sugar a little
- Pumpkin Pie Spice – Again, I used the Whole Foods store brand
- Vanilla – I used imitation vanilla, but you can use real vanilla extract if you have it
Start by adding the apple cider (1.5L) and can of pumpkin purée to a big bowl. Use a whisk to mix the two together, then add the apricot nectar.
Next, it’s time to add a lil sugar and spice: add the brown sugar, pumpkin pie spice, and vanilla, and mix it all together.
Now you’re ready to serve! I ladled my pumpkin juice into Irish Coffee mugs over ice, for a little extra flair. I also used a funnel and poured the remainder of my pumpkin juice back into the Martinelli’s glass bottle to keep it in the fridge.
Harry Potter-Inspired Pumpkin Juice Recipe
Are you ready to make this magical Pumpkin Juice recipe for yourself? As you can see, it’s super easy – so here’s the recipe!
- 1.5 L Apple Cider
- 1 can Pumpkin Puree
- 1 C Apricot Nectar
- ⅓ C Brown Sugar
- 2 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
- 2 tsp Vanilla
- Combine the Apple Cider, Pumpkin Puree, and Apricot Nectar in a large bowl.
- Whisk to combine the ingredients until the puree is fully integrated.
- Add the Sugar, Pumpkin Pie Spice, and Vanilla, and stir to mix.
- Ladle the drink into glasses over ice and enjoy!
Have any questions about making this Wizarding World and Harry Potter-inspired Pumpkin Juice recipe? Let me know in the comments!