Forthcoming Book by Hugh Stewart

We will shortly be publishing Cocktails & Kicktails by Hugh Stewart.  This book contains twenty-three cocktail recipes, each of which is accompanied by a humorous poem and the story behind it.  The book is beautifully illustrated with tempting photographs and amusing illustrations.  Useful cocktail-making tips are included along with sections on the ingredients and equipment needed to make the perfect cocktail.  The book ends appropriately enough with some rather unorthodox hangover cures.

The reason for the book’s title? That answer lies with legendary actress Mae West, one of whose famous lines was: “This kicktail’s got a cock like a mule”. In Hugh’s family, cocktails have always been known as kicktails.

Hugh grew up in the Grampian Mountains of Scotland, in a remote cottage without electricity. It lies just 50 feet below the house that until recently was the highest in the country. Just 20 miles away as the grouse flies, lies Dufftown which has almost as many distilleries as houses. Here, the sought after Balvenie whisky is made from water that flows over the bones of Stewart ancestors. As a boy Hugh loved the stories of people building illicit whisky stills in the glens. These early influences led Hugh down the treacherous path of experimentation, the results of which are described in this book. Making his own whisky remains an ambition but for now Hugh’s sticking with the cocktail shaker.

Priced at £13.99, Cocktails and Kicktails will be published by Rowan Books on 1st November 2021 and will be available on the website www.rowanbooks.co.uk and from selected booksellers and wines & spirits shops.