I nailed it spot on. That heavenly warm apple pie taste (because let’s be honest, Universal Studio’s Pumpkin Juice doesn’t taste of pumpkin juice) that comes out of the adorable packaged pumpkin bottle from The Wizarding World of Harry Potter? Yes, I figured out how to copy it.
I’ll give you the trick straight up. You need to simmer it. Mixing it together cold and leaving as is, doesn’t help release the spices. By heating, it infuses the spices with the juice, leaving you with a richer taste.
I hauled back a bottle of the pumpkin juice from Universal’s Studio of Adventure, and sipped it as I trialled the recipe until it tasted the exact same.
I’ve seen different recipes using frozen apple juice concentrate and canned pumpkin. Unfortunately we don’t get either here in Perth, so this recipe to replicate the pumpkin juice that you taste at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is made from scratch. You can try using canned pumpkin in place of the pumpkin juice and apple concentrate instead of the apple juice, which means you might not have to simmer it for as long, but I can’t vouch for it.
And while we’re at it, as adorable as the Harry Potter pumpkin bottles are, it didn’t match with the image in my head when reading the books. So you’ll find a free downloadable pumpkin juice label that I felt matched better with the book.
- half of a butternut squash
- 2 cups water
- 1.25 cup pumpkin juice
- 3 cups apple juice
- ½ cup apricot nectar
- ½ tsp vanilla essence
- 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- ½ cup sugar
- Start by placing your half a pumpkin or squash in a baking tray lined with a layer of water. Roast for approx 40 minutes at 180C until soft when fork is pressed in.
- Remove from oven, cool and remove skin.
- In a blender, combine the squash and water and blend. You can also put the pumpkin through the juicer, following it with water (putting just the pumpkin through does next to nothing).
- In a saucepan, combine the 1.25 cups of the pumpkin juice with the apple juice, apricot nectar, vanilla essence, 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice and sugar. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer for 20-30 minutes.
- The whole point of this? By simmering you'll be reducing the water so it'll have a more concentrated taste and will help the spices infuse with the juices, which plays a big part in the taste.
- Chill and serve (although served hot is wonderful too!)
Free downloadable Harry Potter pumpkin juice label
Made to fit 8 onto an A4 sheet.