I totally meant to post this before Halloween but this recipe is also suitable for Thanksgiving, so it still works out. This summer I was able to go to Harry Potter world with my Mom. And for those of you who don’t know me too well, I live for Harry Potter! I am obsessed! The first thing I wanted to try when getting into the park was the Butterbeer, a classic Harry Potter world drink. But I totally forgot that they would also be serving Pumpkin juice, another drink that is popular in the wizarding world. So obviously I got both and was blown away with how delicious they both were! The Butterbeer was everything I thought it would be, although a little too sweet for my liking. It is a drink that is definitely made for the younger kids. But the real star was the Pumpkin juice! I could have had 4 bottles of that stuff in one sitting. The drink is so refreshing, with just the right amount of spice, and fantastic pumpkin flavor!
So I did a little research and found a recipe that I thought I would tweak around with and my experimenting paid off! I perfectly replicated the Pumpkin juice from Harry Potter world! Seriously, PERFECTLY! This will be a recipe that I use throughout the holiday time because it is so fitting for Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas time. Don’t be scared to make this because you think it might be funny to put pumpkin into cider. Trust me, it is AMAZING! The pumpkin flavor is there just enough to say hi to your taste buds, but it is not overwhelming and the overall lasting taste you get is the yummy spices and cider flavor in the end. I should also note, that I made this in my slow cooker, but you could just as easily make this in a big pot on the stove if you don’t have a slow cooker.
- 3 Quarts apple cider, divided
- 2 pieces of fresh ginger, about 1 inch sliced
- 1 tablespoon of ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground clove
- ½ teaspoon of allspice
- 1 tablespoon of pumpkin pie spice
- 1 32 oz apricot nectar
- 1 28 oz. can pumpkin puree
Pour the apple cider into a slow cooker or saucepan; add the ginger slices, cinnamon, ground clove, allspice, and pumpkin pie spice. Stir to combine well. Next add in your can of pumpkin puree. Use a whisk to really break up the puree and incorporate it into the cider. Finally add in the apricot nectar, stir well, and set your slow cooker to low or high (depending on how quickly you want your cider to be ready). Serve warm or refrigerate the mixture until well-chilled, or up to a week.