Hello, and happy Wednesday! I hope you all had a great Halloween! While the spooky festivities are officially over (side note: HOW is it already November?!) now we can deep dive into all of the holiday baking and fall treats that November has to offer! With this brief window of time of hanging onto fall and moving straight into Christmas, we have about a month left to enjoy the champion of Autumn, pumpkin spice flavoring. In an effort to concoct something apple cider related, but I thought it would be the perfect time to try out a mock recipe for the pumpkin juice from Harry Potter! I am currently reading Order of The Phoenix, and since I’ve been reading the series I have been super craving the pumpkin juice that seems to show up at every fictitious meal. In my head, I imagined it to taste like a mildly thicker apple cider (pumpkin puree is pretty mild), so that’s what I aimed to recreate with a few simple ingredients! I also tried to make it as healthy as possible, so I sought out organic apple juice to ensure there wasn’t any added sugar, and I for the sugar I did use (pumpkin has a slightly bitter taste so it needed to be balanced out) I decided on coconut sugar, and found that very little did the trick!
- Apple juice
- Canned pumpkin
- Coconut sugar
- Vanilla extract
- Pumpkin Pie spice
I mixed mine in a large mason jar, and I’d personally recommend making it by the glass rather than a pitcher just so the flavors are more concentrated. I started with a large glass of apple juice, 4 tablespoons of pumpkin, and a 1/4 teaspoon of coconut sugar. After mixing thoroughly (pumpkin puree mixes really well, so you should be fine with using a spoon), I added a few dashes pumpkin pie spice, a dash of cinnamon and nutmeg, and a splash of vanilla extract. I stirred the mixture again, plopped in a few ice cubes, and let chill in the refrigerator for about a half hour.
Keep in mind that the pumpkin puree will have a super mild taste, but will definitely add a really delightful contrast to the apple flavor! I feel like this be really cute to serve at any fall festivity you may throw, or even to accompany a book or movie binge of Harry Potter!
What fictitious food or drink from a book/movie/TV show would you love to try?