11 Inventive Takes on the Traditional Margarita Recipe

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You know the original -- tequila, triple sec, lime juice -- and you also know the travesty/exquisiteness of a Señor Frog's frozen margarita and its giant, plastic-cupped ilk. So, because almost anything with tequila can be considered a margarita, let's meet in the middle with these 11 super-creative homemade margarita interpretations.

Citrus margarita with lemon, lime, and ginger rim
Courtesy of A Thought for Food

The citrus zest rim jazzes up this simple grapefruit juice concoction. Recipe here!

Pineapple margarita
Courtesy of Recipe Girl

For those who don't actually like tequila, but love juice. Get the recipe here.

Strawberry jalapeño margarita
Courtesy of The Chic Site

Muddle all the elements and strain for a refreshing summer drink with a kick! Recipe here

Rosemary grapefruit margarita
Courtesy of The Chic Site

Savory rosemary actually pairs quite nicely with sugared-up grapefruit juice. Get the recipe.

Cranberry margarita
Courtesy of Damn Delicious

With the addition of lemon-lime soda it's almost more of a cranberry cooler, but it's got tequila so it's definitely a margarita. Recipe here.

Grapefruit margarita with cucumber
Courtesy of Joy the Baker

Cucumber adds a secondary fresh element. Add crushed ice if you're feelin' fancy. Get the recipe here!

Firecracker berry margarita float
Courtesy of Half Baked Harvest

Blueberries, strawberries, honey, Cointreau, lemon-lime soda water, vanilla ice cream... tequila. This recipe is definitely a margarita!!

Chambord margarita
Courtesy of Iowa Girl Eats

Chambord -- a red and black raspberry, Madagascar vanilla, and XO Cognac liqueur -- gives an otherwise standard margarita a sweet twist. Here's the recipe.

Pineapple cinnamon margarita
Courtesy of The Chic Site

Spice it up with a pinch of cinnamon, enjoy with disco taquitos. Get the recipe

Spicy rosemary rhubarb margarita
Courtesy of Adventures in Cooking

Turns out rhubarb has more uses than just in a pie. Just make sure it's in season so this blended cocktail really counts. Recipe here!

Apple cinnamon margarita
Courtesy of A House in the Hills

The apple juice and cinnamon add an interesting note, and it does have tequila, but honestly, I'm having trouble keeping up this charade. Tasty Tex-Mex this way!

Carrie Dennis is an associate editor for Thrillist and likes her margaritas how she likes her men: simple with crushed ice. Follow her on Twitter: @CarrrieDennnis.