We were fortunate enough to visit Universal Studios Hollywood last summer. I have wanted to go particularly to see the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. We were not disappointed. The park is amazing. There are details everywhere that make you feel like you stepped into the books or movie. Even little things like the bathroom have details. We stopped in early and could hear Moaning Myrtle. At first I didn’t realize what I was hearing and then I just got this huge smile when I realized she was in the “loo”.
We ate breakfast at The Three Broomstick and the food was great. My youngest son isn’t a fan of butterscotch so he decided to try the pumpkin juice. It was delicious. I am planning to add a number of Three Broomstick meal options to this site in the future.
I have tried a few versions of pumpkin juice i have found online, but I am usually disappointed that they are not exactly like what was in the park. Often they are more of a cider than a juice, and while yummy, not what I was looking for, so I decided to give it a try myself. This version of Pumpkin Juice is very close to what we had in the parks. I used the bottle we brought home to confirm ingredients. While pumpkin juice does contain pumpkin, a lot of the flavor comes from apple and apricot juice.
When making the simple syrup included in the recipe, don’t be alarmed if some of the pumpkin pie spice leaks into the syrup. This adds a lovely deep color without making the syrup too grainy. I prefer using the simple syrup approach as opposed to adding the spices directly to the juices as I want to keep the clear, smooth juice vs. a cider type beverage.
I hope you will enjoy this as much as we have!
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup water
- 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 1 cup canned pumpkin
- 4 cups apple juice
- 2 cups apricot nectar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup water
- In a small saucepan, combine 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water. Put pumpkin pie spice into a tea ball and submerge in the sugar liquid. Heat to a boil, then reduce to simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat.
- Place the canned pumpkin and 1 cup water in a blender. Blend until the pumpkin is a thick juice.
- Add apricot nectar and 3 cups apple juice (this is due to not having enough room in the blender for all the juice). Blend.
- Add vanilla and ½ cup pumpkin spice simple syrup and blend.
- Add one cup apple juice to a pitcher and pour all contents from blender into the pitcher. Stir. Keep in refrigerator until ready to serve.