Veggies Are the Secret Ingredient Your Cocktail Is Missing

This recipe looks healthy, but tastes divine.

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I love serving a specialty sneeky, even when a neighbor is just stopping by. It makes it seem like you went the extra mile! This arugula cocktail is green, so it looks healthy, but it's soooo delicious.

Arugula Sneeky

Serves 2

  • 4 ounces gin, vodka or tequila
  • 1 ounces fresh lemon juice
  • 2 ounces fresh cucumber juice
  • 1 ounces herb simple syrup, plus more to taste (recipe below)
  • ¼ cup fresh arugula leaves

Fill a shaker halfway with ice. Add all ingredients and shake-shake-shake, then strain into two glasses over ice. Garnish with slices of cucumber and rosemary sprigs.

Herb Simple Syrup

  • ½ cup each of fresh rosemary, mint and basil leaves
  • ¾ cup agave syrup
  • ¾ cup boiling water

Combine all ingredients in a bowl, stir, cover and let stand for an hour. Strain syrup into a glass container and store in the refrigerator. It's also great drizzled on top of fruit, or for sweetening iced tea or lemonade.

This story originally appeared in the May 2017 issue of House Beautiful.

 

Lulu's Top Picks for Super Bowl 50 Treats and Sweets

It has been quite a week in my house! Between our dog's preparing the Super Bowl to my knee surgery (walking cast now, wahoo), it's been pretty crazy. And now we are all very excited for the big game this weekend - although I have to admit I am really looking forward to the funny commercials! 

 

Wondering what Sneeky to make for Sunday? Try my Dark and Stormy for a tasty alternative to beer that will have all the men (and women) at your party cheering for more. This rum and ginger-infused creation is sure to score you some major points as you watch your favorite team score some of their own! 

Lulu's Dark and Stormy Sneeky

1 1/2 Ounces Gosling's Black Seal Rum or any other dark rum
Splash of bitters (optional)
About 1/2 cup ginger beer
1/2 lime

Fill a highball glass with ice, add the rum, a splash of bitters  (if desired) and top with ginger beer. Squeeze the lime into the glass, stir, and squeeze the lime into the drink.

My favorite thing to add to my Super Bowl snacks is a decadent cheese platter. I recently shared my favorite cheeses and decorating tips with House Beautiful in this article

Variety is the spice of life, as they say... it's also the spice of any cheese spread you lay out! I suggest adding an array of cheeses that vary in texture, taste, and color. Don't forget to add some nuts and pretty dried fruit for an extra special touch. I love putting dried orange slices, sliced bread, and specialty crackers out to accentuate the already mouth-watering display. 

I also love these awesome ideas I found on Pinterest! Check out my Board for recipes like Individual Seven-Layer Dips, Pretzel Dog Bites with a Beer Cheese Dip, Duck-Fat Chex Mix (Lulu's Tip: I would love to add some crispy bacon to this one!), and this adorable Football Field tablescape. 

Check out the rest of my favorite Super Bowl food and entertaining ideas on my Super Bowl Board on Pinterest!  Be sure to follow me for year round inspiration and fun.

And if you do try out one of these recipes before Sunday kick off, I invite you to comment below and let me know which was your favorite!

Go Broncos! 

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Sally's Quick Scrumptious Weekend Treats

"There is nothing like a soirée thrown by my childhood friend Sally Horchow" She is an incredible host. As I watched her walk around the party making sure everyone had a sneeky (a spicy Sally or glass of rose) asking if everyone was good. That's a good host. You want your guests to have a great time. C'mon everyone likes to feel they are being taken care of.

Sally is bringing back the Fritos along with her crab dip which was scrumptious. Simple prosciutto wrapped melon, and s’more bites.

Hey put some Fritos in a bowl with a big spoon and your good to go. Fritos are  ol school. Recently I was served Fritos in an ol silver gravy boat with a ladle looking spoon. First thought: chic presto bingo you have a "snack" for your guests. All it takes is keeping a bag of Fritos in your pantry.

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Sally's Scrumptious Crab Dip

1 lb lump crabmeat

1 can quartered artichokes

2 8 oz. pkgs cream cheese, softened

1 cup mayo

Juice of 1/2 lemon

Tabasco to taste

Sea salt to taste

300 degrees in the oven for 20-30 minutes (stir halfway through) Serve with Fritos!

Sally's S’more Bites

3 tbsp butter

1 bag (10oz) marshmallows

6 cups rice-crisp cereal

1 cup melted semisweet chocolate chips

71/2 rectangular graham crackers (or 15 squares)

1 cup marshmallow creme (such as fluff)

In a medium saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Stir in marshmallows and cook, stirring until smooth, 2 minutes; remove from eat. In a bowl, combine marshmallows with cereal; mix well. In the bottom of a 9”x 13” pan, spread half of the cereal mixture into a thin, even layer. Top with warmed chocolate. Place graham crackers in single layer over chocolate, breaking crackers as needed to fit; top with creme. Spread remaining half of cereal mixture over creme; lightly press to cement layers together. Let s’mores sit at room temperature for at least 15 minutes before cutting and serving.

Spicy Sally Sneeky

1/2 lime

1/2 oz 100% agave tequila

2oz pineapple juice

1/4 oz agave nectar or simple syrup

3 fresh jalapeño slices, divided

2 to 3 sage leaves

Club Soda (optional)

Squeeze lime into cocktail shaker and add tequila, pineapple juice, agave nectar, 2 jalapeño slices, and sage. Muddle, add ice, and slake well. Strain into a Collins glass filled with ice. Top with Soda if desired. Garnish with remaining jalapeño slice.

*single serving

Cucumber Spiked Vodka

Today is the first day of June and I'm spending this glorious day outside, sipping on one of the simplest, most refreshing sneekys!

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Cucumber Spiked Vodka

This is ridiculously easy to make and you can prepare it in large batches, making it perfect for parties and hosting!

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups coarsely chopped seedless cucumber
  • 1 bottle vodka

Steps:

  • In a food processor or blender, puree cucumber.
  • Pour vodka and cucumber into a pitcher. Stir well.
  • Refrigerate until chilled. Strain and serve.

Tequila! Tequila Salmon and Cilantro Margarita

Tequila! Tequila Salmon and Cilantro Margarita

I've always been a big fan of tequila but even more so in the summertime. Yesterday I posted to my Facebook a picture of my dinner, Tequila Salmon, and I got tons of requests asking for the recipe. Your requests have been answered! Here is the recipe along with a great tequila sneeky to accompany it!

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National Wine Day

Happy National Wine Day! For the spirited day (pun intended), I wanted to share two of my favorite wines. 

The first is, Carpineto Dogajolo Rosato by Opici Wines. My sister introduced me to this wine and it was love at first sight. I thought the label was gorgeous and what inside the bottle is just as appealing as the outside. I love that it's a nice quality wine that 's reasonably priced as well. If you love rose, this wine is for you!

The second favorite won me over by it's name but I kept coming back because of it's fantastic taste. It's called Lulu Sauvignon Blanc by Hewitson Wines! Naturally, I had to love it! Name aside, it's a wonderful fresh, crisp white wine. I'm also good friends with the chief wine maker and CEO of the company, Dean Hewitson. In fact, I just had lunch with him at Son of a Gun in Los Angeles last week! Here we are sipping on a glass of wine. Wonderful man and wonderful wine. 

No matter what your preference, just be sure to enjoy the day to the fullest with a full glass of wine!

Check out my new stationery line!!!

I recently joined forces with cocodot, a chic online invitation company, to come up with my own line of stationery. You can use my new line to send out online invitations or order printed stationery!! I had such a blast designing this line! Each collection of cards holds a precious memory from the collection of cards originating from my beloved Dad's pants called Jimmy's Cocktail Slacks to the photos of my family from Nantucket and holiday memories. Please check out the entire collection!!! I hope you enjoy them just as much as I enjoyed making them. Lulu Powers "The Summer Entertaining Collection"

SUPER BOWL TIPS AND TRICKS!!

Throwing an easy Super bowl bash Step 1: Serve Theme Cocktails No, this is not in lieu of beer, it's in addition to. Beer is football's best friend. Theme cocktails are simply the fastest way to get your buzz on. Besides, they're cute. And serving one for each team gets the rivalry going. Green Bay Margarita 1 bottle Corona 1 can (12 oz.) limeade Tequila 1 drop of green food coloring In a pitcher, dump the Corona and the limeade. Take the limeade can and fill it to the brim with tequila. Add that to pitcher along with the food coloring. Mix it up and add ice. Voila! Fun tip: Rim glasses with green tinted salt or green sugar and serve over ice or shaken well in a martini glass. Hint: Juice glasses are also great for serving these. If you're feeling splashy, try these 7-ouncers from crate and barrel, http://www.crateandbarrel.com/dining-and-entertaining/bar-and-drinking-glasses/rings-7-oz.-juice-glass/s213748. They're great to serve wine in, too, and harder to break than regular wine glasses. Steelers: Dark and Stormy cocktail 1 1/2 ounce Gosling’s Black seal rum or any other dark rum About 1/2 cup ginger beer 1/2 lime Splash of bitters optional Fill a highball glass with ice,add rum,a slash of bitters,if desired and top with ginger beer. Squeeze the lime into the glass,stir and add lime to drink. Step 2: Get Crafty. The Brilliant, Under-$20 Decorating Idea Set the table (and create the mood) by serving food on your own football field. • Get a big piece of green felt from your local craft store, or a piece of green Astroturf from your hardware store. Make sure it's the right size to cover your table. (Hint: measure before you ask the guy to cut off a swath.) • Once you get the felt or Astroturf home, use white chalk or painters' tape to draw the field lines. • You can also use white paint. Your hardware store will have professional paint pens that dry fast. • Use the "field" as your tablecloth. It's totally festive and easy. And if someone spills beer on it, so what? Hint: If you want to go all out, you can paint the end zones with green paint for the packers and yellow for the steelers. Mark out the space with the painter's tape and get letter stencils to paint the team names. Step 3: Let Them Eat Bacon There's nothing easier than roasted-bacon almonds, and they're a guaranteed crowd pleaser. Did we mention they involve bacon? Roasted-Bacon Almonds: 2 cups roasted almonds (16-oz. bag) 2 strips bacon 1 tsp. salt 1 tsp. sugar A pinch of pepper

Substitutions: You can use 1 tsp. honey or agave nectar instead of the sugar. Instructions: • Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees. • Cook your two strips of bacon in a frying pan until they seem crispy. Take out of pan and drain on paper towel. • Put your almonds into a bowl and mix with the bacon grease. Give them a good stir and then spread on to a cookie sheet. • Bake for 5 to 7 minutes. • Mix sugar, salt and pepper together in a separate bowl. • Take the almonds out of the oven and place in a brown paper bag (shopping or lunch bag works great). • Grip the top of the bag closed and shake, shake, shake. The grocery bag will absorb any extra grease. • Take the coated almonds out of the bag and place in a mixing bowl. Crumble your bacon into bits and add to nuts. Then, add the mixture of sugar, salt and pepper. • Ta da! Put the nuts in to a serving bowl and watch them disappear. Hint: To make the day-of preparations easy, you can make the Roasted-Bacon Almonds a few days before and store them in a Tupperware container. Step 4: Serve a Finger Food Smorgasbord This trio will ensure that no guest goes hungry -- and you'll be sane enough to sit back and enjoy the game.

Pizza Gets a Makeover Whether it's frozen or delivered, use clean kitchen scissors to cut the pizza into strips and pile on a cutting board. You can even sprinkle with fresh herbs...looks homemade, baby!

Mini–Grilled Cheese Sandwiches Who doesn't love these? Use truffle oil and fancy cheeses to make them seem gourmet. 1/2 lb. (2 sticks) salted butter, melted 20 slices potato bread (or other bread if you don't have potato bread) One 12-oz. package 4-cheese blend or grated Asiago, Parmesan, Fontina and Provolone 3 cups fresh baby spinach or arugula leaves Truffle oil or chili oil (optional) Instructions: • Add a few drops of truffle oil or chili oil to the melted butter if you want to be fancy. • Place a piece of wax paper on each of 2 baking sheets. Spread out 10 pieces of bread on each baking sheet. Using a pastry brush, brush each piece with butter and turn it over, or if you don't have a pastry brush, just drizzle with butter. • Sprinkle two tablespoons cheese on each bread slice and cover with spinach or arugula. • Place the other piece of bread on top and butter the top of the bread completely. • You can cook the sandwiches in a large frying pan or on a griddle. Spray a frying pan with olive oil spray and bring to medium-high heat. Place four five sandwiches in the pan and let them brown for two to three minutes. Flip them over and cook for two to three minutes, or until brown. (I press a weight on the top of the sandwiches to get them crispy, but you can use a spatula to hold each one down.) • To serve, cut off the crusts, then cut each sandwich into 6 bite-size pieces. Serve warm. Hint: You can make these before Super Bowl Sunday and store. After you cut off the crusts, place the pieces in a freezer bag, separating the layers with wax paper. To reheat frozen sandwiches, place them on a baking sheet and bake them in a 375 degree oven for 10 minutes. They will keep for up to one month in the freezer. Peanut Butter & Bacon Bonanza Cut out white bread with a football-shaped cookie cutter or just make the shape with a knife. Toast the bread, spread with peanut butter and adorn with crumbled bacon -- different and totally divine. Step 5: Chow Down on Theme Cupcakes Top your favorite flavor cupcake with dyed coconut in the teams' colors. Because what's not to love about coconut and cupcakes? How to Dye Coconut: Just use the liquid food coloring you can find at any grocery store. • Place one bag of shredded coconut in a large bowl. • Sprinkle a few drops of food coloring (green for the packers,Black for the steelers), being careful not to add too much as you can always add more. • Wearing rubber gloves, toss the mixture with your hands until all of the coconut is uniform in color. If you don't have gloves, put the coconut in a plastic Ziploc bag, sprinkle with the food coloring, zip and seal the bag, and shake, shake, shake! • Adorn your frosted cupcakes with the colored coconut and watch guests fight for one in their team's color.