Inspire | 16 December 2020

Luxury Living: An Entertainer’s Dream Home

by Carlisle Homes

Hosting a party is made easy in your Carlisle Affinity Collection home – equipped with a beautifully styled formal dining, all-weather alfresco area and spacious kitchen!

Love nothing more than entertaining friends and family? Then you need a home that delivers everything, from large, flexible living spaces and smooth indoor-outdoor connection to easy-to-use storage.

With the homes in our Affinity Collection, you’ve found exactly what you’re looking for. Enjoy an intimate cocktail party under the stars or have all the family over for a casual weekend barbecue in your covered, all-weather alfresco area, or host an elegant dinner in your formal dining area – and you’ll love how easy prep and serving is with the spacious open-plan kitchen and oversize island (which doubles as the perfect bar!).

Our Affinity homes have everything you need and more to entertain both large and intimate parties, thanks to meticulously designed open-plan layouts and luxury inclusions. Pictured is Canterbury Grand.

Keep your surfaces clear and your home entertaining-ready with the large butler’s pantry (just the spot to plate up your hors d’oeuvres and store glassware, food and benchtop appliances) and keep away any dirty dishes.

Slip away to the discrete butler’s pantry where you can create mouthwatering cocktails and canapes for your guests, while keeping mess at bay in the visible kitchen. Pictured is Langholm.

Whatever the size of your party or the age of your guests, our Affinity Collection homes have you covered. There’s something to keep everyone entertained, with both formal and casual living areas, a dedicated home theatre where the kids can watch a movie or play games and a backyard for the littlies to run off some energy. There are communal areas where you can gather and socialise as well as a variety of spaces where you can retreat and enjoy a little peace and quiet when your guests have gone home.

The large rumpus room is the perfect space for children to chat and play. Pictured is Matisse.

And that’s not to mention the Affinity Collection homes' four generous bedrooms (including a huge parents’ retreat with walk-in robe), each with a luxurious ensuite, a study where you can set up your home office, an airy kids’ chill-out and storage zone, and double garage. Plus, there are optional upgrades galore, such as a grand dressing room, an additional master suite, a fifth bedroom for the kids or overnight guests, and a super-sized balcony and alfresco area.

Entertaining has never been so easy! To help you get the party started, here are some refreshing summer cocktails and mocktails to try.

Serve this thirst-quenching Orange and Thyme Gin Cocktail at your next party – it’s the perfect way to beat the heat this summer!

Orange and Thyme Gin Cocktail
Prep time – 5 minutes
Servings – 4

1/2 cup Gin
2 teaspoons Angostura Bitters
1 cup Orange Juice
4 Sprigs Fresh Thyme to serve
4 Orange, thinly sliced to serve
Ice to serve

Step 1: In a large jug, add gin, bitters and orange juice. Stir until combined.

Step 2: Divide crushed ice into 4 serving glasses and pour over cocktail mixture. Serve with a slice of orange and sprig of thyme.

If you enjoy indulging in both a margarita and a mojito, you will love this cocktail hybrid that combines the best flavours of both drinks.

Tequila Lime Cocktail
Prep time – 5 minutes
Servings – 4

1 cup Tequila
1/2 cup Lime Juice
1 cup Fresh Mint Leaves
2 tablespoons sugar
2 cups sparkling water
1 Lime, thinly sliced
Crushed Ice

Step 1: Mix two drinks at a time. Tear the mint leaves into pieces and add half to a cocktail shaker. Add half of the lime juice and tequila, 1 tablespoon sugar and crushed ice to the shaker and shake well.

Step 2: Strain the cocktail, dividing between two serving glasses and top with sparkling water. Serve with a slice of lime.

Treat the kids to this delicious and healthy summer punch, loaded with fresh seasonal fruit and fun fizz.

Strawberry and Apple Summer Punch
Prep time – 5 minutes
Servings – 8

2 punnets Fresh Strawberries
3 cups Sugar-Free Lemonade
2 cups Unsweetened Apple Juice
2 cups Sparkling Water
1 cup Brewed Green Tea, chilled
1 cup Mint Leaves

Step 1: In a blender, blitz half the strawberries until smooth. Strain through a sieve into the punch bowl.

Step 2: Finely chop the remaining half of strawberries and add to the bowl.

Step 3: Add the lemonade, apple juice, sparkling water and tea to the bowl and stir to combine.

Step 4: Garnish with strawberries and mint leaves and serve with ice.

This Lemon Drop Martini is the ultimate refreshing summer drink. It’s a little sweet and a little sour, the perfect combination for relaxing with friends.

Lemon Drop Martini
Prep time – 5 minutes
Servings – 4

2 tablespoons White Caster Sugar, for rim
60ml Orange Liqueur
180ml Vodka
60ml Fresh Lemon Juice
Crushed Ice

Step 1: To prepare the serving glasses, dip the rim in lemon juice and shake off the excess. Then dip into the sugar until rim in evenly coated.

Step 2: Mix two drinks at a time. In a cocktail shaker, add half of the vodka, orange liqueur, lemon juice and a handful of ice. Shake well.

Step 3: Strain the cocktail mix into the serving glasses. Serve immediately.

Our take on the classic Gin and Tonic is re-vamped with the addition of cucumber and lime and is simply delicious. This will be your new go-to beverage of the summer.

Cucumber Lime Gin & Tonic
Prep time – 5 minutes
Servings – 4

1/2 cup Gin
3 cups Tonic Water
1 Lime, sliced into rounds
1/2 Cucumber, sliced into rounds
Crushed Ice, to serve
Mint Leaves, to garnish

Step 1: Prepare serving glasses with ice. Divide the gin between the glasses evenly. Add a slice or two of lime and cucumber.

Step 2: Pour over the tonic water. Top with mint leaves and serve immediately.

Want more inspiration? Look out for more summer recipes and entertaining tips on our Home Files blog or follow us on Instagram @CarlisleHomes.

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