Every Harry Potter fan must, at some point, try and sip of Pumpkin Juice. The delicious beverage has been manufactured since 1837 by London Pumpkins & Sons, but with this recipe you can try to make your own. (Thanks to HealthySlowCooking for the idea).
- 10 dried apricots
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 2 cups apple juice
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 7 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
Soak the apricots in the water for at least 4 hours or overnight in the fridge.
Add the apple juice, cinnamon stick, allspice, ginger and vanilla bean to a saucepan. Bring almost to boil, then turn heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes. Take off heat and let it cool a bit.
Add the apricots and the soaking water to a blender and blend until smooth.
Add the pumpkin puree and nutmeg and blend again.
Strain the apple juice mixture into the blender to make sure only the liquid comes through. Blend until smooth.
Put a fine mesh strainer over a pitcher and strain the pulp so that only the thick juice is in the pitcher.
Another version is the “adult” Pumpkin Juice:
- 1/2 cup (4 oz.) apple cider
- 1 tablespoon pumpkin puree
- 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin spice
- 1 1/2 ounces bourbon whiskey
- 1 cup ice, plus more for serving
Dip the rim of an Irish coffee mug (or highball glass) in maple syrup, then dip it in a cinnamon-sugar mixture. Fill the mug halfway with crushed ice. Set aside.
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously for 30 seconds. Strain into glass over ice.