Pumpkin juice is a lightly spiced fruit juice made with apple cider, apricot nectar, pumpkin puree, and cozy fall spices. Serve it chilled over ice or warmed up in a mug!
If you're a fan of Harry Potter, you may recognize this as the preferred beverage of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. In the Harry Potter universe, pumpkin juice is as common as orange juice. It's served at breakfast, lunch, dinner, and special occasion feasts.
Don't let the idea of pumpkin juice scare you off - this flavorful juice is like an amped up apple cider. It's got a hint of apricot, pumpkin, and fall spices blended in, and can be served hot or chilled!
This recipe makes about ten 8-ounce cups - perfect for your next fall party, Harry Potter themed birthday, or Halloween. Serve alongside a plate of pumpkin pasties!
Ingredients and substitutions
- Apple cider - Apple cider is a seasonal, non-alcoholic, uncarbonated beverage in the US that is commonly found in the fall months. It's essentially an unfiltered apple juice, and may be labeled as cloudy apple juice in other countries. If you can't find apple cider, apple juice can be used instead.
- Apricot nectar - This may be the toughest ingredient to find on the list. I found apricot nectar and apricot juice (either will work) at my local grocer in the juice aisle. It may be sold in cans or bottles. If you can't find apricot nectar, peach or pear nectar will also work in a pinch.
- Spices - Cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and allspice can be substituted with an equal amount of pumpkin pie spice if you have it on hand.
- Pumpkin puree - For this recipe, you'll need a 15 ounce can of pumpkin puree. Make sure you're using pumpkin puree, which has no additional ingredients (just pumpkin), not pumpkin pie filling. The difference is that pumpkin pie filling has added sugar and spices, which would make the juice too sweet and heavily spiced.
- Vanilla extract - Enhances the flavor of the pumpkin juice. Can be omitted if desired.
Tips and tricks
- Use a whisk - Use a whisk to fully incorporate the pumpkin puree with the rest of the ingredients.
- To serve cold - Allow your pumpkin juice to come to room temperature after cooking, then serve over ice. Keep leftovers in a pitcher in the refrigerator. This is my preferred method, - the pumpkin flavor really shines when served cold!
- To serve hot - Serve immediately after cooking. After storing leftovers in the refrigerator, reheat on the stove top over medium heat until warm, then serve.
- Stir leftovers - Give leftovers a stir before serving - some of the ingredients can settle over time.
Frequently asked questions
It tastes mostly like apple cider with added spices. It's sort of like a mix between apple cider and pumpkin pie - it's smooth, sweet, and lightly spiced.
This recipe was inspired by the beverage frequently mentioned in the Harry Potter fantasy book series. Served like orange juice in the muggle (non-magical) world, it is enjoyed at every meal and is usually served cold.
The only place you can buy pumpkin juice is at Universal Orlando in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter land.
- 64 ounces apple cider, or apple juice
- 16 ounces apricot nectar , or peach nectar
- 15 ounces canned pumpkin puree
- ¾ teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon ginger
- ½ teaspoon nutmeg
- ¼ teaspoon allspice
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- In a large stock pot, add apple cider, apricot nectar, pumpkin puree, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and allspice. Whisk to combine.
- Turn heat to high and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract.
- Pumpkin juice can be served hot or chilled and served cold. Stir juice just before serving as ingredients may settle.
- Apple cider in the US is an unfiltered apple juice that's non-alcoholic and made with just apples. It may be labeled as cloudy apple juice in other countries. If you can't find apple cider, it can be substituted with apple juice.
- Juice will keep for 4-5 days in the refrigerator.
- Cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and allspice can be substituted with 2 teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice.