05/04/2012 01:17 pm ET | Updated Aug 31, 2012

Summertime Cinco De Mayo Cocktail: Tequila Sunset


Photo Credit: Small Kitchen College

Recently I turned 21, which opened a door to happy hour, classy cocktails, and purchasing alcohol for more than two bucks. Basically I feel like I've entered actual adulthood. And yes, I will admit to fully exercising my newly minted ID card by purchasing incredibly girly drinks (champagne... oh you fancy, huh?).

And for those of us on the West Coast, we have started to get some amazing summer weather, which makes me crave summertime vegetables, strawberries, corn, walking around barefoot and being tan. I'm ready to not resemble a Cullen.

So what better to celebrate the approaching season (and Cinco de Mayo!) with a margarita-esque cocktail? I personally am a HUGE fan of margaritas. You've got your salty and sweet and that amazingly fresh citrus. Great, now I want to make myself one of these cocktails and it's only one in the afternoon. Well, it's 5 o'clock somewhere right? Or rather, I'm in college, so why not?!

Kelsey Krasnigor is thoroughly enjoying her newly minted 21 year old license and giving it lots of love.


The Tequila Sunset
Serves 1

Coarse salt
1 shot of Tequila
Juice of one lime (depending on lime-y you like your beverages)
1 tablespoon of honey (or simple syrup)
1/4 tsp. fresh grated ginger
A splash of cranberry juice

Fill a plate with coarse salt. Wet two glasses (or random plastic cups that you have accumulated, like myself) and then rub the moistened cups on the plate of salt. Fill the cups with ice. Cut up lime, juice into a glass. Add tequila, honey and cranberry juice. Cover the glass and shake. Then pour over the cups of ice and enjoy! And then pour some more... and then some more. Do you get where I'm going with this one?

—Kelsey Krasnigor for Small Kitchen College