This beautiful blend of pumpkin and apple flavor makes a perfect pumpkin juice recipe that’s synonymous with Halloween and really nails the autumnal flavor. It can be served either hot or warm, and only takes less than 20 minutes. The best part is since we’re using purely real pumpkin puree and pure apple juice (no added sugar), what you’ll get is a healthy and wholesome juice to celebrate Halloween (and a step into the world of Harry Potter!).
What is Pumpkin Juice at Universal Studios?
If you are a fan of Harry Potter, you probably know that pumpkin juice is a popular drink in the books. At The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios, they serve pumpkin juice in The Three Broomsticks, bottles with a cute pumpkin cap cover (just like in the book!). It is a great gift for any Potterhead! If you ever get the chance to visit Universal Studios, give this juice a try! Refreshing from the very first sip, you can taste apple and pumpkin, and then a hint of cinnamon and nutmeg. So good!
So what’s actually in the Harry Potter pumpkin juice? The label on the pumpkin juice bottle says that this juice contains water, apple juice concentrate, pumpkin puree, artificial flavors, and preservatives.
How We Made Our Healthy Harry Potter Pumpkin Juice
There are a variety of recipes online seeking to create Harry Potter pumpkin juice. Some of those use bottled apple juice or canned pumpkin puree. To make a healthier version, we checked the ingredients of pumpkin juice and tried to re-create the most authentic version, using homemade pumpkin puree, raw apple juice, and natural sweeteners like honey or maple syrup. Here are some tips for our tasty, healthy homemade pumpkin juice:
–For the pumpkin puree: to make pumpkin puree, people usually steam the pumpkin cubes before blending. But for us, roasting is the best option. Roasting helps water of the pumpkin flesh to evaporate and maintain its natural sweetness. Fill your baking sheet with an inch of water to avoid burning your pumpkin. Making pumpkin puree requires a little time and effort, but you’ll find that it’s worth the while— it can be used for many different dishes (check out our healthy pumpkin soup recipe here) and be kept in the refrigerator for a week.
–For the apple juice: fresh apple juice turns brown when exposed to the air even for a short time. This polyphenols process actually doesn’t reduce the quality of the juice, it simply makes it look less delicious. A trick to stop it from discoloring is to add some drops of lemon. You can add a pinch of salt to balance the sweetness and enhance the flavor of the apple.
The Health Benefits of Pumpkin Juice
Pumpkin: many people think of pumpkin as Halloween decorations, but there’s so much more to this superfood. Pumpkins are nutritious, rich in vitamin A and relatively low in calories. Besides boosting your immunity and keeping eyesight sharp, fiber-rich fruits like pumpkins keep you full for longer, aiding weight loss.
Apple: this crunchy, juicy fruit doesn’t just satisfy your thirst but is also a storehouse of nutrition. Apples are packed with vitamin C, antioxidants, and soluble fiber, and effectively lower blood cholesterol levels. Being high in water and fiber, and only containing 80 calories (for a medium-size), apples are a brilliant healthy snack. Quick tip for you: apple peel contains most of the nutrients, so eat apples with their skin.
Two Ways to Enjoy Pumpkin Juice
Cold: if you are looking for something refreshing and delicious for Halloween, nothing beats a good swig of pumpkin juice. Cover it with ice to bring out the sweet apple juice, maple syrup, and pumpkin.
Hot: while pumpkin juice is usually served cold (in the movies as well), warm juice is an interesting option. Much like a comforting mulled cider, the heat unites all the fall flavors; pumpkin blends together with apple and pumpkin spice. A cozy cup for Halloween!
Harry Potter Pumpkin Juice Recipe
- 6 cup raw apple juice
- ¾ cup pumpkin puree
- 4 tbsp maple syrup
- ½ tsp pumpkin pie spice
- In a small pan, heat pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, and syrup over medium heat. Stir until all ingredients are smoothly combined.
- Pour in apple juice. Slowly stir until the liquid is hot but not boiling.
- Serve the beverage, cold or hot.
2. Shake before using to recombine all the flavors.