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Cocktails & Kicktails


Inspired by a delightfully witty poem by Ogden Nash about a Martini called “A Drink With Something In It”, Cocktails and Kicktails – Life Saving Recipes & Rhymes to Lift Body and Soul contains twenty three cocktail recipes, each accompanied by amusing anecdotes, phenomenal photographs, entertaining illustrations and a poem in the same style. The book is accompanied by an interactive ShakerApp, costing £3.99 as a standalone but available free if you buy the book either from this website or in a shop (in which case contact us for a download code). The App contains over 400 recipes for cocktails and alcohol-free “mocktails”, and lots of useful features to make your cocktail party go with a bang.



Rowan Books published Cocktails & Kicktails by Hugh Stewart in November 2021.  This beautifully illustrated book contains twenty-three cocktail recipes, each accompanied by a humorous poem and back-story behind it’s creation.  Included are tips on ingredients and the cocktail making paraphernalia needed to make the perfect cocktail.  The book ends appropriately enough with some rather unorthodox hangover cures.

The book’s title? One of legendary actress Mae West’s 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 to order through the Rowan Books website and from selected booksellers and wine & spirits shops.

SPECIAL OFFER – If you buy the book through the Rowan Books website you will get our Cocktail Shaker App for free (normal price £3.99). If you buy the book from a shop contact us and we will provide you with a free download code.


“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


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