6333252189_8860d8bbbf_zTequila is traditionally thought of as a summertime spirit. On any sizzling summer day, there’s nothing more refreshing than a tangy mojito or frozen margarita. Still, now that we have entered autumn, we’ve come to think that tequila should also be considered a transitional beverage. Without a tropical twist, tequila can actually compliment many flavors of fall. So with today being National Taco Day, we urge you to celebrate by pairing your tacos with these tasty recipes for seasonal tequila treats.

Apple Cider Margarita (1 serving)

  • 5 oz. apple cider
  • 1 oz. grand marnier
  • 1 oz. tequila
  • splash of triple sec

Mix together all the ingredients and serve over ice. This cocktail rendition has quite a sweet sip, so combine yours with a savory taco selection such as Acorn Squash Tacos with Avocado.

Orange Salted Caramel Margarita (1 serving)

  • 1 ½ oz. tequila
  • 1 ½ oz. orange juice
  • 1 oz. salted caramel sauce
  • ½ oz. triple sec
  • ½ oz. lime juice

Rim a chilled margarita glass by dipping it in some salted caramel sauce then in a combo of salt and sugar. Combine all the ingredients in an ice filled cocktail shaker and shake for at least 30 seconds. Pour into ice-filled glasses and enjoy. If you’re wondering what to pair with this drink, go for these more-than-basic Pumpkin Spice Tacos.

Blackberry Thyme Margarita (1 serving)

  • 9 blackberries, divided
  • 1 ½ small sprigs of fresh thyme
  • ½ cup crushed ice
  • 2 ½ tbsp. tequila
  • 2 tbsp. simple syrup
  • juice of half a lime
  • ½ tbsp. orange liqueur (i.e. triple sec)
  • 2 tbsp. sparkling water

Blend 7 of the berries together with the thyme leaves. Pulse to puree until smooth. Strain the mixture into a bowl (press on the solids to extract as much liquid as possible). Combine the puree, ice, tequila, simple syrup, lime juice, orange liqueur and sparkling water in a blender. Blend until smooth and well mixed.

Pour into a glass and garnish with the remaining berries and/or additional thyme. Try this cocktail with Chorizo-Yam Tacos with Lime-marinated onions—you won’t be sorry.