Veggies Are the Secret Ingredient Your Cocktail Is Missing

This recipe looks healthy, but tastes divine.


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.


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!


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


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

Watermelon Galore!

Next Friday we welcome the wonderful National Watermelon Day, which always falls on August 3! Though not an official holiday (not recognized by Congress), it's always been recognized in the Powers household. For me, this big fruit, deserves a big day. And so, I'm serving up not one, not two, but THREE juicy recipes in honor of the tasty fruit.


My first recipes goes out to all my alcohol lovers out there. Even if you aren't a big drinker, this is the perfect drink to sip on at a summer picnic.



  • 1oz Sparkling wine
  • 1 oz Vodka
  • 1 oz fresh juiced Watermelon
  • 1 oz limeade
  • 1  oz Soda water

Put all ingredients in a ball jar.  SHAKE, SHAKE SHAKE, SHAKE YOUR SNEEKY! Then pour over ice cubes or a big watermelon ice cube (See recipe HERE)