Do you love pumpkin juice but don’t want to travel all the way to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter to get it? Starbucks has a super secret formula that you can order!
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When our family first began our journey into our almost obsessive love of Harry Potter, we found the Flying Cauldron Butterscotch Beer to try. It is cloyingly sweet for my taste, but the boys all had fun drinking it hoping that it tasted like real butterbeer. It doesn’t, but for fun, it is a good substitute. You can make your own butterbeer, but it’s never quite right, and just handy to have something readily available. You can get it from Whole Foods, and other specialty food shops or on Amazon.
Then, one year, while shopping at Aldi, I found a pumpkin cider. I grabbed 2 bottles to bring home for our Harry Potter’a’thon we were having for the weekend. It was brilliant! The next year, we bought a case. This year, we’ll be special ordering a few cases! If you don’t have an Aldi, but do have Sprouts, check there, as well.
Once we went to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter parks in 2015, I had high hopes for Pumpkin Juice. I knew I’d love it more than Butterbeer, and it didn’t fail me (though it is really sweet if you’re not a fan of sweet drinks). It is refreshing in small doses (we would share a glass and it was perfect – but even better is the Pumpkin Fizz..lighter, fizzier…wonderful!).
Where to find Pumpkin Juice
Starbucks! (or you can make it yourself!)
But … what happens when you’re not at the parks, you need pumpkin juice because pumpkin season is upon us, and Aldi hasn’t gotten the pumpkin cider in? You go to Starbucks, of course! Thanks to my friend, ShawnatheNerd on Instagram, I found out that Starbucks has a secret menu and Pumpkin Juice is on it.
Shh…It’s Super Secret!
In fact, it’s so secret, that the employees of Starbucks don’t always know what you’re talking about when you ask for one! So be sweet, ask in a nice voice, and offer them the formula. You may still get quizzical looks, but at least during the fall when they are offering the Pumpkin Spice Latte and other pumpkin flavors, this should be available for you to order.
Starbucks’ Secret Pumpkin Juice Formula
That you can totally make yourself!
2 pumps of Pumpkin Spice Syrup
Apple Juice to the top line
Fill with Ice
Kick it up a notch – add a shot of Cinnamon Dolce!
For a Venti, use 3 pumps, a Grande needs 4 pumps
Tip: We found that we like this best after we’ve allowed the ice to melt a little first, diluting the taste and thinning it out a bit.
Now, of course, if you are like us and in love with pumpkin juice and use it to celebrate fall, a Harry Potter movie marathon, or just because… $3.50 a pop is a lot. Sometimes you can get them to ring it up as a lemonade which is about .50 cheaper. But it’s still expensive if you want to drink it more than once a month. Your option is to buy the Pumpkin Spice Syrup by the bottle! For our family, that’s the price of 2 trips to Starbucks, without the hassle of the DIY version, for a fraction of the cost.
Of course, the other option is to buy the Pumpkin Juice directly from Universal. It’s expensive, but not as expensive as a trip to the park!
Now..with pumpkin juice in hand….come celebrate Back to Hogwarts Day with us!