Yuletidal Wave Cocktail Recipe

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 16, 2024


The Yuletidal Wave is a festive concoction that embodies the spirit of Yuletide with a tropical twist. It was created to merge the warmth of traditional holiday spirits with the brightness of tropical flavors, making it perfect for those who enjoy celebrating the season in sunnier climates or simply wish to bring a bit of warmth to colder holiday evenings.

  • Ideal for holiday parties
  • A favorite among those who appreciate a complex, layered cocktail
  • Often enjoyed by guests seeking a festive drink with a unique profile

How Yuletidal Wave Tastes?

The Yuletidal Wave offers a symphony of flavors, with a robust foundation of rum, bourbon, and cognac that provides a rich and warming sensation. The pear liqueur and pineapple juice introduce a fruity and tropical sweetness, while the Licor 43 and allspice dram add spicy undertones. The lemon juice and Angostura bitters balance the sweetness with a refreshing tartness, and the nutmeg garnish contributes a quintessential holiday aroma.

Interesting facts about Yuletidal Wave

  • The cocktail's name is a playful take on the traditional Yuletide season and the powerful oceanic phenomenon, the tidal wave.
  • It's a versatile drink that can be enjoyed both on the rocks and straight up.
  • The combination of spirits from different categories makes it a unique choice for spirit enthusiasts looking to explore complex flavor profiles.



0.75 oz of Rum adds a touch of sweetness and a hint of molasses, setting a strong base for the cocktail. Omitting rum could make the drink less robust.

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Bourbon Whiskey

0.75 oz of Bourbon Whiskey introduces vanilla and caramel notes, which meld with the sweetness from the Rum. Without it, the drink may lose some warmth and depth.

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0.75 oz of Cognac brings a rich fruitiness and oak undertones. Its absence could result in a less rounded flavor profile.

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Pear Liqueur

0.75 oz of Pear Liqueur gives a fresh fruity note, balancing the stronger spirits. Skipping it would reduce the cocktail's fruit complexity.

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Licor 43

0.5 oz Licor 43 contributes a unique blend of citrus and vanilla, creating a sweetly spiced layer. Without it, the drink might lack that special zing.

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Allspice Dram

0.25 oz Allspice Dram adds a touch of winter spice, perfect for the 'Yuletidal' name. Less allspice dram could make the drink less festive.

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Pineapple Juice

2 oz Pineapple Juice introduces tropical brightness, adding balance to the spices. Less juice could result in a heavier and less refreshing drink.

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Lemon Juice

1 oz Lemon Juice provides a necessary acidic contrast to the sweet and spicy elements. Without it, the cocktail could become cloyingly sweet.

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Semi-Rich Simple Syrup (1.5:1)

0.25 oz adds just enough sweetness to harmonize the flavors. Leaving it out might make the drink slightly more tart.

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Angostura Bitters

2 dashes Angostura Bitters bring complexity and a hint of bitterness, which enhances the overall depth. Without the bitters, the cocktail may taste too sweet.

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Grated Nutmeg

A garnish of Grated Nuteg adds a fragrant, festive finish. Not using it would take away part of the holiday charm.

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Recipe. How to make Yuletidal Wave Drink

  1. Fill a shaker with ice.
  2. Add all the ingredients except for the nutmeg into the shaker.
  3. Shake vigorously until well chilled.
  4. Strain into a chilled glass filled with ice.
  5. Garnish with freshly grated nutmeg on top.

Pro Tips

  • Always use fresh lemon juice for the best flavor.
  • Chill the glass before serving to keep the cocktail cool.
  • Grate the nutmeg fresh over the drink to release its full aroma.

Perfect Pairings


  • Cheese platter: The richness of cheese complements the complexity of the cocktail.
  • Spiced nuts: Their crunchiness and the light spice harmonize with the Allspice Dram.

Main Courses

  • Roasted pork: The savory flavors pair well with the sweetness of the pear liqueur and the spices.
  • Grilled chicken: The citrus notes from the lemon juice will brighten up the grilled flavors.


  • Apple pie: A classic that goes well with the warming spices and fruit notes of the cocktail.
  • Gingerbread cookies: Their spicy, sweet profile is a match for the cocktail’s holiday spirit.

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What you could change in Yuletidal Wave

  • Rum: A dark rum can be used for a deeper flavor.
  • Bourbon Whiskey: An aged bourbon can add more complexity.
  • Cognac: Brandy can be a suitable substitute.
  • Pear Liqueur: Apple liqueur can be used for a different fruit profile.
  • Licor 43: Vanilla syrup can be used, though it will lack the herbal notes.
  • Allspice Dram: A pinch of ground allspice mixed with simple syrup can be a makeshift substitute.

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Red Yuletidal Wave

  • Swap out bourbon for rye whiskey for a spicier kick.
  • Use cherry liqueur instead of pear liqueur for a deeper fruit flavor.
  • Add a splash of cranberry juice for color and a tart contrast.

Frosty Yuletidal Wave

  • Substitute pineapple juice with coconut water for a lighter, more tropical twist.
  • Serve over crushed ice in a frosted glass rimmed with sugar and coconut flakes.
  • Garnish with a sprig of mint and a slice of pineapple.

Spiked Hot Yuletidal Wave

  • Prepare all ingredients save for the juices and serve hot in a mug.
  • Replace pineapple and lemon juice with hot apple cider.
  • Top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon for a cozy winter warmer.

In case you forgot basics how to make Yuletidal Wave

The basic composition of simple syrup is relatively straightforward – a 1:1 ratio of sugar and water. This mixture is heated until the sugar dissolves, resulting in a clear, sweet syrup.

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Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

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Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Yuletidal Wave

Can I make the Yuletidal Wave cocktail in a large batch for my holiday party?

Yes, you can scale up the ingredients proportionally to serve the Yuletidal Wave cocktail in larger quantities. Just ensure you mix it thoroughly before serving and provide nutmeg garnish for each glass.

What type of glass is recommended for the Yuletidal Wave cocktail?

A rocks or old-fashioned glass is suitable for this cocktail to accommodate the ice and allow the aromas to come through.

Is it possible to make a non-alcoholic version of this cocktail?

Certainly! You can substitute the alcoholic ingredients with non-alcoholic spirits, pear juice instead of liqueur, and a combination of juices and syrups to mimic the other flavors.

How long does it take to make the Yuletidal Wave cocktail?

Preparation time is usually about 5 minutes, considering you have all your ingredients ready to mix and the garnish prepared.

Can I use ground nutmeg instead of grating it fresh?

While fresh-grated nutmeg has a more intense and fresh flavor, ground nutmeg can be used as a convenient alternative.

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