This delicious pumpkin juice recipe tastes just like the Harry Potter pumpkin juice at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. This magical drink will take you into the Harry Potter books and welcome you into the fall season thanks to the delicious pumpkin, apple cider and spices in the smooth, heartwarming beverage.

Top off your fall recipes with this pumpkin juice and enjoy it with some other pumpkin recipe favorites including pumpkin coffee cake, pumpkin scones or pumpkin pancakes!

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Why This Recipe Works

  • Better than the Harry Potter pumpkin juice at Universal Studios! I’ll tell you my secret to this: Apple cider! The Harry Potter pumpkin juice is made with normal apple juice concentrate. However, by using apple cider, we’re getting a much stronger spiced flavor that makes a huge difference.
  • Delicious fall drink. This is such a fun drink to make for fall parties, for Halloween or for Thanksgiving! It’s also a fun drink to accompany any Harry Potter parties, too.
  • Can enjoy hot or cold. The glorious thing about this pumpkin juice recipe is that it tastes amazing served either hot or cold! Enjoy it hot on a chilly night or serve cold on Harry Potter’s birthday in July!
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Ingredients

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  • Apricot Nectar: You can find this in the drink aisle in your grocery store. If you can’t find it, an appropriate substitution would be apricot preserves (but I would blend it so it has a smoother consistency).
  • Apple Cider: As I mentioned above, using apple cider instead of apple juice gives us a stronger and richer flavor.
  • Pumpkin Puree: Be sure to use the puree and not the pumpkin pie filling.

Step-By-Step Instructions

  1. Add the apple cider, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, brown sugar, and apricot nectar to a large pot over medium heat. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and cover. Simmer for 15 minutes. 
A large white pot full of apple cider, pumpkin puree, brown sugar, and pumpkin pie spice.
  1. Remove from heat. Serve warm, or place in fridge and chill to serve cold.
Pumpkin Juice in a large white pot.

Recipe Tips

Apple Cider: I highly recommend using apple cider rather than apple juice because the apple cider has more spices and flavors to it. You can buy apple cider in most grocery stores OR you can buy the dry packets of spiced apple cider and make your own until you have 64 oz worth. 

Pumpkin puree: Use regular pumpkin puree, not pumpkin pie filling. 

Brown sugar: light or dark brown sugar, you choose your preference. 

Apricot Nectar: You can find this in your local grocery store in the juice aisle. If you don’t have access to apricot nectar you can substitute 1/2 cup apricot preserves.  

Storing instructions: refrigerate leftovers for a week. Can freeze leftovers in freezer-safe ziplock bags for 3 months. Thaw in the fridge overnight, then decide if you want to serve it warm or cold. If serving warm, place the juice back in a pot and heat it over medium heat until warm. 

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FAQs

What does Harry Potter pumpkin juice taste like?

Harry Potter pumpkin juice tastes like a spiced apple cider with notes of pumpkin and apricot flavors. It’s a delicious fall-flavored drink that can be enjoyed hot or cold.

Why do they drink pumpkin juice in Harry Potter?

In the Harry Potter books, pumpkin juice is a popular drink in the wizarding world, along with butterbeer.

Is drinking pumpkin juice good for you?

I’m always looking for an excuse to have something sweet, and adding pumpkin to treats and drinks — like this pumpkin juice recipe — is a great way. Pumpkin is high in vitamin C and vitamin A.

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5 from 1 vote

Pumpkin Juice

This flavorful pumpkin juice is filled with apple cider, pumpkin puree, pumpkin spice, and apricot nectar.
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 25 mins
Servings: 10 servings

Ingredients
 

  • 64 oz apple cider
  • 15 oz pumpkin puree
  • 1 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar - packed
  • 2 cups apricot nectar - see notes

Instructions
 

  • In a large pot over medium heat add the apple cider, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, brown sugar, and apricot nectar. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and cover. Simmer for 15 minutes. 
  • Remove from heat. Serve warm, or place in fridge and chill to serve cold. 

Notes

Apple Cider: I highly recommend using apple cider rather than apple juice because the apple cider has more spices and flavors to it. You can buy apple cider in most grocery stores OR you can buy the dry packets of spiced apple cider and make your own until you have 64 oz worth. 
Pumpkin puree: Use regular pumpkin puree, not pumpkin pie filling. 
Brown sugar: Light or dark brown sugar, you choose your preference. 
Apricot Nectar: You can find this in your local grocery store in the juice aisle. If you don’t have access to apricot nectar you can substitute 1/2 cup apricot preserves.  
Storing instructions: refrigerate leftovers for a week. Can freeze leftovers in freezer-safe ziplock bags for 3 months. Thaw in the fridge overnight, then decide if you want to serve it warm or cold. If serving warm, place the juice back in a pot and heat it over medium heat until warm. 
 
 

Nutrition

Calories: 148kcal (7%)Carbohydrates: 37g (12%)Protein: 1g (2%)Fat: 1g (2%)Saturated Fat: 1g (5%)Sodium: 13mg (1%)Potassium: 337mg (10%)Fiber: 2g (8%)Sugar: 31g (34%)Vitamin A: 7281IU (146%)Vitamin C: 4mg (5%)Calcium: 35mg (4%)Iron: 1mg (6%)
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
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