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Rachael | Set the Table

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Welcome to Set the Table! My name is Rachael and I'm here to help you set your table with beautiful, healthy, delicious food your family and friends will love. More importantly, I'm here to encourage you to welcome everyone to your table. Talk. Listen. Laugh. Eat. Be kind. 

Sunny Clementine Margaritas

Sunny Clementine Margaritas

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Can I be real with you all for a quick moment?

Blogging while being a stay at home mom to two kiddos is harder than blogging while being a stay at home mom to one kiddo. For some reason, I thought that maybe it would get easier but it definitely didn't. Between the school schedules and swimming lessons and karate and refereeing sibling scuffles in between, my time and energy are split in so many directions that when I sit down to write something here I simply cannot put words together. My brain is mush. It's really frustrating.

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So, until life evens out a bit (HA!) I'm going to be kind to myself. I'm going to do what I can so that I still LOVE this space and all that comes with it. I'm also going to remind myself more often that someday I'll be sitting in a quiet, empty house while the boys are both at school and I'll have all the time and energy in the world to pour into Set the Table. Until that time comes, I'm going to post when I have the time and energy to do so. I may not have a million followers/readers, but you know what? I adore this cozy little space and those of you who visit it. And I want to make sure to keep bringing you high quality posts when I can rather than so-so posts just for the sake of posting a certain number of days per week. Sound good? Can we all get on board with that? I hope so.

clementine margarita | Set the Table Blog

On that note, I have a DELICIOUS cocktail for you today that embodies everything I love about this time of year: the promise of spring is just barely making itself known while winter is keeping us cozied up inside eating allllll the sweet, juicy clementines. I'm not the only one, right? Margaritas scream warm weather to me, but using seasonal citrus fruits make it perfectly lovely for these late winter snow days when we need a little reminder that sunshine and heat are on their way back to our lives.

clementine margarita | Set the Table Blog

I typically rim my margarita glasses with salt, but this time I chose to use a pinch of black lava salt (!) as a dramatic finishing touch to this vibrant cocktail. It adds the perfect subtle saltiness while dressing up what would otherwise look like a run of the mill marg. If you don't have black salt laying around (which would be me if I hadn't gotten mine as a thoughtful Christmas gift) it is FINE. Use something else that is bright and contrasts with the orange tinge of the drink itself. A slice of red chili pepper or a sage leaf are perfect garnishes as well.

I hope you are all able to take a step back from the things that make life hectic and appreciate what makes life beautiful right now. It's harder than it sounds but so good for the soul. And if you have one of these margaritas in your hand while you ponder, it may be a tad easier!

clementine margarita | Set the Table Blog

Sunny Clementine Margaritas

Makes 2 drinks

  • Juice of 4 clementines (about 4-6 oz total)
  • juice of half a lime (about 1-2 oz)
  • 2 teaspoons agave
  • 2 oz white or silver tequila
  • course salt or other garnish (sage leaf or sliced chilis work well)
  • lime wedge for garnish
  1. Strain the juices and agave into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Add the tequila and shake until chilled.
  2. Pour the margaritas into 2 ice filled glasses. Sprinkle with salt (or other desired garnish), garnish with a lime wedge, and serve immediately. Cheers!
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