What does Harry Potter pumpkin juice taste like?
The Universal Studio’s version of Harry Potter pumpkin juice tastes like autumn. Served in an adorably packaged pumpkin bottle, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter drink, surprisingly, tastes less of pumpkin pie and more like warm apple pie.
And yes, I figured out how to copy it.
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.
On the pumpkin juice bottle, the ingredients read: water, apple juice concentrate, pumpkin puree, apricot puree, sugar, natural and artificial flavors, citric acid, acesulfame potassium, sodium benzoate. The last ingredients are sweeteners and food preservatives, while the natural and artificial flavors would include spices.
I’ll give you the copycat 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.
To replicate the pumpkin juice that you taste at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, we’re making this recipe from scratch so anyone around the world can make it.
Can I use any type of pumpkin/squash to make pumpkin juice?
You might imagine a sugar pumpkin or a jack-o-lantern pumpkin when you reach for canned pumpkin, but in fact, most canned pumpkin is made from the species cucurbita moschata. For example, Libby’s uses a type of Dickinson squash, so the best alternative would be butternut squash or crookneck pumpkin, both of which are from the same species as the Dickinson.
These squash are best for baking due to their sweet and creamy taste and texture. You’ll also be able to find butternut squash easily in the UK and Australia.
What if I don’t have pumpkin pie spice?
Pumpkin pie spice is a mix of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and allspice. To make your own batch, mix together 1 part ground nutmeg, 2 parts ground cloves, 4 parts ground ginger and 8 parts ground cinnamon. Mix together well. Any additional spice can be stored in a small airtight container for future baking.
Can i make pumpkin juice in advance of my harry potter party?
Yes, but fresh is best, so I’d suggest whipping up a batch of pumpkin juice the day before your party.Print
Free downloadable Harry Potter pumpkin juice label
You can find replica Wizarding World pumpkin juice packaging over at Deviantart. However, I’ve also made an old-fashioned label that better matched the image in my head when I was reading the books. Download them for free below, then print them out on sticker paper to attach to your own glass bottles.