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Jul172010

Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Harry doesn't have any specialty cocktails available at Hog's Head Pub as of yet. But he should. And, if he did, these recipes that we created would be them!

Golden Pumpkin
Originally drunk as an elixir to keep acromantulas at bay, this delicious cocktail has been found to also cure deathly chills on a cold night.

  • 1 part Goldschlager (or other cinnamon schnapps), 3 parts Pumpkin Juice. Served piping hot.


Pumpkin Cobbler

Rich spices and sweet peaches join forces to cast a powerful spell that you won't soon forget. 

  • 1 part Goldschlager, 1 part peach schnapps, 1 part good vodka, 3 parts Pumpkin Juice. Shake with ice and serve up (in a chilled martini glass) or on the rocks. For a twist on this cocktail you could substitute other sweet liquors for the peach schnapps, such as Chambord, Midori, banana schnapps etc.


Potterpolitan

So good, so unique that you must show this cocktail proper respect by bowing before it. Remember, yuh always wait fur the Potterpolitan to make the firs' move.

  • 1 part Chambord, 1 part Absolut Citron (or other citrus vodka), 2 parts Pumpkin Juice and a squeeze of lime. Shake with ice and serve in a chilled martini glass.


Potterita

You don't choose the Potterita, the Potterita must choose you. And you'd better hope it does, magic must have been involved to create this smooth and tangy twist on the original.

  • 3 parts tequila, 2 parts sweet and sour mix, 2 parts Pumpkin Juice. Shake with ice and serve on the rocks or blend with ice. Either way, serve in a sugar rimmed glass.


Hot Buttered Pumpkin

Allegedly a stolen recipe from Dumbledore's office, this amazing recipe is begging to be made at your next holiday party. Literally, it's begging. Would you just hurry up and make it already to shut it up?!

  • 1 part rum, 3 parts Pumpkin Juice, 1 teaspoon of butter per 8oz drink. Microwave or heat the pumpkin juice on the stove with the butter. Once the butter is melted, stir and then add the rum.


Spiced Butterbeer

Served at all the wizard parties . . . well, the cool wizard parties.

  • 1 part spiced rum, 1 part Stoli Vanil Vodka, 4 parts butterbeer (or other cream soda), serve neat (without ice) and top with rediwhip whipped cream that's been beaten to remove the bubbles and thin the consistancy slightly. Be sure your ingredients are ice cold or you'll have a warm drink. If making as a punch, float a single large ice cube (made in a bread pan) as to not water it down and have the whipped cream in a bowl for topping.


Pumpkin Juice

I know what you've been thinking . . .

"These look great, too bad I can't get my hands on any of that awesome pumpkin juice."

I'm sure you've found the recipes out there that call for a pumpkin that's chopped and juiced and mixed with things like pineapple juice. While I won't say they may not be good in their own way, I will tell you that they're not even close to what's at WWOHP as they're missing a few key ingredients to get the right flavor profile. You know PTTP wouldn't let you down! I haven't met the recipe our sophisticated squade team can't crack - enjoy the closest thing you can get without hopping on your broom for a trip to Florida.

 - Because the pumpkin juice ingredients are in such small proportions I'm breaking from the part measurement standard for this recipe.

Pumpkin Juice Recipe

  • 8oz apple juice, 3oz Petit brand pear nectar, 3 tablespoons of pumpkin pie filling, 1/8 teaspoon apple pie spice, 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg. Blend the ingredients in a blender to properly incorporate. Yes, it's supposed to be a little "pulpy", just like it is in WWOHP.


These cocktail recipes are original creations by Party Through The Parks. If you post them on other sites, please link back here to give credit. Thank you!

Reader Comments (33)

Thanks for sharing this recipe. I can't wait to try it. I have a question about one of the ingredients in the Pumpkin Juice, though. You list 3 tablespoons pumpkin pie filling. I thought the main difference between pumpkin pie filling and canned pumpkin was the addition of the spices, but you have those listed in the recipe as well. So, should we use the pumpkin pie filling that already comes with spices plus the spices in the recipe, or canned pumpkin? Thank you.

October 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMarie

You are right - that is the difference in the canned pumpkins but to get the exact flavor we needed to bump up a few of the spices individually. So use the 'pumpkin pie filling' can and the extra spices. Trust us - this is just like the real thing! Enjoy and let us know what you thought!

October 12, 2010 | Registered CommenterPartyThroughTheParks

Thank you so much for this. My husband has been experimenting, and I haven't liked any so far. I am going to get him to try this.

I am wondering if you can link me to a recipe for butterbeer? We want to serve that at our party!

November 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSharelle

Sharelle - You'll have to let us know what you thought of the pumpkin juice. We haven't experimented with a butterbeer recipe yet, but a basic cream soda with a whipped topping is very similar to the regular butterbeer, and a frozen coffee drink is very much like the frozen. We haven't tried any recipes online yet, so we can't recommend any at this time. If we do make a recipe in the future you'll be able to find it right here. Hope your party's a hit! :)

November 8, 2010 | Registered CommenterPartyThroughTheParks

My bottle of Pumpkin Juice from the park on the opening day of WWOHP has apricot puree and not pear nectar or pineapple juice. I'm wondering how you came up with pear nectar rather than the apricot puree?
Thanks!

November 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTom W.

Our bottle was from about a month after opening, did they change the recipe? Hard to say - for awhile bottles weren't listing detailed ingredients at all. What I will say though, ours tastes EXACTLY like the real thing that's currently served at the park. Think "pear" and give the stuff from the park a taste, whether it's on the bottle or not, it's definitely in there!

November 19, 2010 | Registered CommenterPartyThroughTheParks

Where did you find "apple pie spice"? I have never seen it before.

December 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCourtney

Courtney - Ours is made by McCormick and you should be able to find it in the spice section of your grocery store.

December 13, 2010 | Registered CommenterPartyThroughTheParks

Just made this, and sadly didn't live up to expectations. I about died when I tasted the pumpkin juice at the parks because it was so good. I followed this recipe exactly, and mine came out rather bland. Off to look for another recipe to try.

January 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNikki

Our latest trip to Universal (1/29/11) included another pint of pumpkin juice and we've got some disturbing news to report. The recipe has clearly been altered. The ingredient list on the back of the bottle remains the same (well, the same since they took "pear nectar" off of it) but the juice is now thinner with significantly less pumpkin and spice flavors. The apple juice flavor is now much more pronounced than in the original recipe as well. This looks like a cost cutting measure by Universal; we're keeping our original recipe as we think it's substantially better than the new stuff. But, if you're dead set on re-creating a less tasty drink here's my off the cuff guess - in our original recipe cut the pumpkin down to 1 tablespoon and cut the spice amounts in half, reduce the pear nectar down to 1.5 oz and increase the apple juice by 1.5oz and I think you'd have a very similar (and much cheaper if you're making it in 100 gallon batches) beverage.

I'm sorry to read we've got a disappointed cocktail maker. With nearly half a teaspoon of spices on top of three tablespoons of pre-seasoned pumpkin in each 12oz batch I would think bland would be the last word to come to mind. Makes me think something may have gone wrong; were you able to find the petite brand pear nectar? That stuff's got quite a bit of flavor on it's own. Did we use pumpkin pie filling or just canned pumpkin? There's a big difference and it'd be an easy mistake. Other than that, as long as all of the amounts were followed correctly the only thing I can think of is spices that lost their potency while sitting on a shelf or maybe spices that didn't have a good amount of bite to begin with, I highly suggest McCormick spices - they're pricey but, in my opinion, they're worth it.

February 4, 2011 | Registered CommenterPartyThroughTheParks

We just got back fro WWOHP. I loved it, however I am desperate for some butterbeer. I've read about a few recipes online, but they don't seem right. Your recipe for pumpkin juice seems spot on. I can't wait to try it. Have you tried to make butterbeer yet?

February 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLexie

Lexie - Our recipe is what the original Pumpkin Juice used to taste like - thicker, pulpy and pie-like.. I'm sure you've read the comments where we acknowledge the recent changes to the recipe. Regardless of the label, our recipe hits the original flavor on the head.

As far as Butterbeer, well, we've never done a recipe because it basically tastes like a good cream soda (think IBC) with a good frothy, whipped topping. The frozen is like a frozen coffee drink, so not as much desire to recreate those beverages. Don't get us wrong, we enjoy a glass of Butterbeer on occasion while at wwohp, but it isn't unique enough to recreate at home when a glass of IBC is close enough.

February 18, 2011 | Registered CommenterPartyThroughTheParks

I just came back from the WWOHP and I already miss the Pumpkin Juice. I didn't find the juice to be pulpy at all, so they definitely changed the recipe since PTTP recipe was first posted. I am eager to try making it at home. I'll let you know how it turns out.

February 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJonelle

Jonelle - Which do you prefer? The pulpy-er version or smooth? We like the pulpy just because it makes it so unique! Let us know how your home batch turns out. :)

March 1, 2011 | Registered CommenterPartyThroughTheParks

This is a very good recipe and as close as I can imagine to what I had at the park. I was in disbelief about the pear nectar so I tried pear versus apricot and the pear is definitely the winner despite the ingredients listed on the label.

March 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHypaspazz

Hypaspazz - Exactly! That's great to hear you tried them both back-to-back - and you came to our same conclusion! Thank you for the comment!

March 21, 2011 | Registered CommenterPartyThroughTheParks

We just returned from Universal this week. I saved my pumpkin juice bottle. It lists apricot puree and pumpkin puree, I do not see pear listed anywhere. I thought this was delicious. It was not pulpy at all but was spicy. Reminded me of the Hallowine I buy in the autumn, without the alcohol flavor. Will try your recipe and see how it works. Thanks for sharing. I have a butterbeer recipe, but it is a lot "richer" than what they serve at the park. My daughter prefers mine, but my husband and I like the butterbeer at the park, because you can drink more than one.

March 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLeeLee81

LeeLee81 - If you read the previous comments we discussed how the flavor profile has changed since grand opening, which is the time that we made our recipe. Let us know what you thought after whipping up your own batch.

March 24, 2011 | Registered CommenterPartyThroughTheParks

I think readers are misunderstanding you and thinking you are saying the park's version is pulpier than yours.
Many people are not careful readiers.

June 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJulia

I just tried this out for a harry potter party I'm having soon and it was PERFECT!!! I absolutely love it. straight from the park.

July 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGrace24

Grace24 - That's great to hear! Have an awesome Potter-party!

July 1, 2011 | Registered CommenterPartyThroughTheParks

Thank you so much for all the time you put in to this! We just got back from WWoHP recently, and while I liked the pumpkin juice, I thought it didn't seems as thick or "pie-ish" as I imagined.
I can't wait to make yours!

July 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKivara

I would like to let everyone know that I made pumpkin juice this weekend and it was absolutely amazing! Just like the kind you get in the park! I tweeked it a little and this was the winning recipe! I tripled the below to make a pitcher.

8 oz of Apple Cider
3 oz of Peach Nectar
3 tbs of pumpkin pie filling or mix
dash nutmeg
dash pumpkin pie spice
dash cinnamon

Combine in a blender and chill.

If it wasn't for this site I never would have been able to replicate it so well. ENJOY!

July 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMarika

Marika - Sounds like a neat variation on the park's recipe! :)

July 18, 2011 | Registered CommenterPartyThroughTheParks

Quick question about pumpkin juice recipe, you said you use the pumpkin pie filling in a can, do you add the evaporated milk and eggs the can calls for or just the straight up filling right out of the can. Would like to try it but need to know if the evaporated milk and eggs are required or not.

August 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLex

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