A few weeks ago, the hubby and I got a chance to visit Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure in Orlando, FL for a few days! We have been before, but decided that for our birthdays this year, we would do a trip, instead of big gifts to each other!
We had a BLAST – and ate as much Fish and Chips as our little bodies could hold (… I have always thought I was born in the wrong time period, now I think I was supposed to be born in the UK somewhere…) We rode a lot of rides, spend hours walking around the new Diagon Alley at Universal and even though we left our phones at the hotel most days, we still managed to take some fun pictures! If you would like to see some pictures from our vacation, scan to the bottom of this post!
We totally loved the Butterbeer at Universal, and are planning on making a recipe at home soon, but I figured PUMPKIN JUICE might be an easier place to start! The ingredients listed on pumpkin juice seem pretty straight-forward… apple juice, apricot juice, pumpkin. So I made my own little recipe at home a few days ago and it turned out lovely!
Homemade Harry Potter Pumpkin Juice
– 1 can concentrated apple juice
– 3 1/2 cans of water
– 8 oz (1 cup) of pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
– 4 tablespoons apricot preserves
– 1-2 teaspoons Pumpkin Pie Spice (or nutmeg and cinnamon)
– splash of vanilla extract
Easy Version: In a big juice container, mix apple juice concentrate, pumpkin and preserves in with about 2 cans of water. You may need to whisk it, because the preserves are jelly based and take a little while to disburse. Once the mixture is lump-free, add the rest of the water, 1-2 teaspoons of Pumpkin Pie Spice and a splash or 2 of vanilla extract.
Harder Version: I read, after the fact, that apple based drinks are BETTER if you cook them first- that it sets the mulling spices and releases more of the flavor. I would assume you add all the ingredients (except for the vanilla) in a pot and cook it until boiling, simmer for a bit and then let cool before drinking. When I make it again, I will try it and let you know 🙂
This recipe is easy, fast and totally Fall appropriate! We have kept it in the fridge all week, sipping off of it! Just make sure you stir it before serving. PLUS, the raw pumpkin gives you a lot of vitamins and minerals (potassium, magnesium, vitamin B and E, iron, etc) that you don’t always get in cooked pumpkin products. HEALTH BONUS!
So! Next time you are making apple juice for the kiddos, or if you are having a Halloween Harry Potter marathon, make up your own batch of Pumpkin Juice… and let me know how it turns out!! 🙂
Here are just a few of our favorite pictures from Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure…
We had such a good time and it was just good to get away – the two of us – and enjoy being goofy.
Hope you have a wonderful, goofy, repurposeful day! xo- Court
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