Healthy Copycat Harry Potter’s Pumpkin Juice Recipe

Today we have a delicious and tasty pumpkin juice recipe inspired by the Wizarding World and Harry Potter books. It is a delicious drink and magical treat created from simple ingredients that is perfect for your next Harry Potter movies marathon.

You can’t read the Harry Potter books, without wanting to try a taste of Harry Potter’s pumpkin juice! I had my first taste of it when I visited The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Studios. It is so much more than just the flavor of the pumpkin juice because it is the perfect treat for the fall season or Halloween parties!

Glass bottles decorated with a spider and an owl hold orange Harry Potter pumpkin juice with paper straws
This healthy snack is perfect for your Harry Potter party!

I took the time to really try to figure out this popular drink on Dragon Alley. This Harry Potter World copycat recipe has magical flavor that bewitched my tastebuds. I would challenge Harry Potter to a taste off because once I created this specialty drink, taste test results were overwhelmingly positive! This Harry Potter Pumpkin Juice recipe is the best I’ve ever had! 

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What Does Harry Potter Pumpkin Juice Taste Like?

“We liked to say that Pumpkin Juice tastes like Christmas. The flavor is like apple juice with cinnamon, nutmeg, and a whole lot of sugar. Naturally, this drink is very sweet and we only recommend it for those with a strong sweet-tooth – like kids!”

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Our version simmers pumpkin spice in the form of whole spices, fresh ginger and vanilla bean with apple juice (instead of apple juice concentrate) to infuse all those delicious fall flavors into it. Then it’s blended with soaked dried apricots (instead of apricot nectar or apricot juice), real pumpkin purée, and a little nutmeg.

The apricots and apple juice sweeten it so there are no added refined sugars or brown sugar.

Bottles of Pumpkin Juice from Universal Studios sits in strange bottles that have pumpkins instead of normal lids.
Universal’s Harry Potter Pumpkin Juice came in a much cuter container. I’ll have to figure that part out, next!

It’s perfect for a Halloween party where some guests may have some food allergies because it’s gluten-free, soy-free, egg-free, dairy-free, nut-free, and refined sugar-free! This vegan drink is perfect all year round, for my die-hard Potterheads!

Harry Potter Pumpkin Juice Recipe

Recipe by Kathy Hester from The Ghoulish Gourmet: A Bewitching Collection of Vegan Halloween Recipes copyright 2016 printed with permission as a healthy Halloween recipe idea.

There’s more to pumpkin juice than just breaking into a haunted pumpkin patch, fending off the zombies, and juicing a pumpkin. My version simmers spices, fresh ginger, and vanilla bean – with apple juice to infuse it. Then it’s blended with soaked dried apricots, pumpkin purée, and a little nutmeg. It’s sweetened only with dried apricots! That natural source of sweetness really makes this healthy vegan pumpkin juice a hit! 

Ingredients Needed for Hogwarts Pumpkin Juice

  • 10 dried apricots
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 2 cups apple juice
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 7 whole allspice berries
  • 2 (2-inch) pieces of thinly sliced ginger
  • 1/2 vanilla bean, split (or 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract)
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Directions to Prepare Pumpkin Juice

Step 1

Soak the apricots in the water for at least 4 hours or overnight in the fridge.

Step 2

  1. Add the apple juice, cinnamon stick, allspice, ginger and vanilla bean to a saucepan.
  2. Bring almost to boil, then turn heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. Take off heat and let it cool a bit.

Step 3

Add the apricots and the soaking water to a blender and blend until smooth.

Step 4

Add the pumpkin purée and nutmeg and blend again.

Step 5

Strain the apple juice mixture into the blender to make sure only the liquid comes through.

Blend until smooth.

Step 6

Put a fine mesh strainer over a pitcher and strain the pulp so that only the thick juice drips into the pitcher.

Sprinkle with ground nutmeg before serving.

Harry Potter's Pumpkin Juice - the Healthy Halloween Treat

Ingredients

  • 10 dried apricots
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 2 cups apple juice
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 7 whole allspice berries
  • 2 (2-inch) pieces of thinly sliced ginger
  • 1/2 vanilla bean, split (or 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract)
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Instructions

1. Soak the apricots in the water for at least 4 hours or overnight in the fridge.

2. Add the apple juice, cinnamon stick, allspice, ginger and vanilla bean to a saucepan.

3. Bring almost to boil, then turn heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes.

4. Take off heat and let it cool a bit.

5. Add the apricots and the soaking water to a blender and blend until smooth.

6. Add the pumpkin purée and nutmeg and blend again.

7. Strain the apple juice mixture into the blender to make sure only the liquid comes through.

8. Blend until smooth.

9. Put a fine mesh strainer over a pitcher and strain the pulp so that only the thick juice drips into the pitcher.

10. Sprinkle with ground nutmeg before serving.

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