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Home Entertainment System illustration by Heather Skovlund for 360 Magazine

Three Ways To Amp up Your Home Entertainment

Your home should be the place you are most comfortable. On top of that, if you’re the kind of person who loves to entertain guests, you want your home to be a place where others can not only be comfortable but have a memorable experience. Here are three things you can do to create a home where you can maximize entertaining others or simply allow yourself to really unwind. 

1. Audio Is Everything 

When you think of an entertaining event, is it possible to think of one that’s totally silent? One reason people love seeing movies in theaters is because the surround-sound audio seems larger than life. When you attend concerts, nothing gets your blood pumping quite like feel the bass resonating in your chest cavity. Whether you aim to entertain with a great home theater or with quality parties, your home audio Nashville must be top-notch. Watching movies is one thing; experiencing them is another. 

2. Drinks Must Be on-Hand

Any good event has interesting drinks available. That doesn’t even mean they have to be alcoholic — having a unique craft soda available can add a unique element to a get-together. Make sure the space you’re hosting parties in has drinks nearby. You might want to have a mini-fridge stocked in the basement, or you could even use an everyday cooler. However it’s done, the point is to make sure nobody has to ask for a drink or question where they might be. 

3. Lighting Is the Cherry on Top 

Going to a friend’s house for some drinks is a party, and parties are great. However, the difference between a party and an event is the ambiance. Imagine going to the exact same event, but their living room has been rearranged and they’ve hung up some interesting lights to create a completely different atmosphere. You are bound to remember that event more than the other everyday parties you’ve attended recently. 

You can accomplish unique lighting in many different ways, and most of them are very simple. The easiest is to buy some string lights that simply plug into your outlets. They can easily be hung temporarily and stored for later use — it shouldn’t take any longer than 10 minutes to set them up every time. You can even experiment with using various colored bulbs in your existing fixtures. You don’t have to go crazy, but just doing something a little different will make a big difference. 

It doesn’t take much to make a party stand out. If you have a quality sound system, you’ll already be leaps and bounds above the average event that has TV speakers or a run-of-the-mill stereo. Just like going out to eat, your friends will be happy if they never have to ask for a refill on their beverage, and you can really make the event memorable by changing the atmosphere. Don’t think you have to do all of this for other people, though — doing all of these same things for yourself will make for an incredibly relaxing night in. 

COVID HANDCRAFTED COCKTAILS

While social distancing measures mean we can’t travel, that doesn’t mean we can bring the spirit of our favorite destinations to our own homes. The chefs at Brisas Hotel Group, a leading Mexican hotel brand renowned for their local hospitality, have shared some of their favorite drinks inspired by the flavors and history of Mexico. For an added touch, stream the live beach cam feed from Brisas’ luxurious NIZUC Resort & Spa in Cancun.

Red Fruit Mojito

Ingredients:

  • 3 strawberries (medium sized)
  • 2 blackberries
  • 2 raspberries
  • 5 mammoth basil leaves
  • 4 ounces of cranberry juice
  • 1 ounce of natural syrup or 3 sachets of refined sugar
  • Lemon Juice
  • Lemon Soda
  • White Rum

Instructions:

  1. Combine the fruits, basil, sugar and a dash of lemon juice in a mortar and begin grinding it with a pestle while adding in the cranberry juice.
  2. Put it in a cocktail shaker with your favorite type of white rum and shake.  
  3. Serve in a high ball glass over ice.
  4. Top it off with some lemon soda and garnish with a fresh sliced strawberry.

Tepache Pina Colada

Ingredients for the Tepache:

Tepache is a great drink on its own so this recipe is for 5 liters so you can have a carafe ready for enjoyment. Tepache is a traditional Mexican drink that dates to Pre-Columbian Mexico and was popular amongst the Nahua people of central Mexico.

Ingredients for the Tepache:

  • 4 pieces of pineapple peels
  • 2 pieces of cinnamon bark
  • 2 whole cloves
  • 5 liters of water
  • 500 grams of unrefined sugar (preferably piloncillo)

Instructions for Tepache:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a jar and let sit for three days. Then strain and add ice to have a home-made tepache.

Instructions for Tepache Pina Colada:

  1. Combine 3 ounces of the tepache, with an ounce of pineapple juice, with 2 tablespoons of grated coconut and your favorite rum.
  2. Serve in a margarita class and garnish with a fresh slice of pineapple.

Donaji

Ingredients:

  • Worm salt
  • 2 ounces of lemon juice
  • 4 ounces of orange juice
  • 3 ounces of espadin mezcal
  • 2 ounces of grenadine syrup

Instructions:

  1. Moisten the edges of the glass with lemon juice and frost with worm salt
  2. Mix the lemon juice, orange juice and the mezcal
  3. Take your glass and add the grenadine syrup to first then pour in the mezcal mixture
  4. Add ice and mix before drinking