Cocktails & Kicktails

Book by Hugh Stewart – Available Now

Cocktails & Kicktails by Hugh Stewart was published in November 2021. This book contains twenty-three cocktail recipes, each accompanied by a humorous poem and intriguing back-story. The book is decorated throughout with beautiful photographs and amusing cartoons and illustrations. Useful cocktail-making tips are included along with guidance on the ingredients and equipment needed to make the perfect cocktail. Some rather unorthodox hangover cures are also provided, should they be needed!

The reason for ‘Kicktails’ in 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.

Priced at £13.99, Cocktails and Kicktails is available through the website shop and from selected booksellers and wines & spirits shops.


“This is an engaging and entertaining collection. If some of Hugh’s ‘innovations’ are half as good as his Breachacha Prayer I will abandon Scotch…”
Charles Maclean M.B.E., Master of the Quaich

“An infusion of whimsey garnished with doggerel and a twist of finesse, served long with a splash of savvy. This is a frisky and effortlessly elegant literary concoction highly recommended to all cocktail lovers.”
Henry MacRory, journalist and author

“I write a lot of obituaries and given the amount of burrling, cavorting and generally engaging in hazardous activities described in this marvelous book I may well be writing a few more. But what a way to go, powered into the next world by these delicious rocket fuel concoctions and tickled pink by a barmy rhyme. Cocktails and Kicktails lifts cocktailing to a new art form.”
Sir Maxwell Macleod, polemicist

“Mildly amusing”
Author’s wife