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Review of Bethenny Frankel's Skinnygirl Margarita

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo With a Low-Cal Skinnygirl Margarita

While perusing the liquor store for libations to enjoy with old friends, Bethenny Frankel's much-touted Skinnygirl Margarita ($13) was staring me in the face. I love a good margarita as much as the next person, so I took the plunge and brought two bottles to a friend's house.


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Bottled margaritas are what I would call a caloric nightmare. A 10-ounce margarita can run upwards of 700 calories. The high calorie count paired with the fact that bottled cocktails are generally made with high fructose corn syrup, yellow dye #5, and preservatives are what led to Bethenny creating a low-calorie, all-natural prepared margarita. And that she did. With only 100 calories in a four-ounce serving of Skinnygirl Margarita, you can get your margarita fix without consuming all those calories.

Keep reading to learn how this low-cal beverage tasted.


Photo: Lizzie Fuhr

When I first tried Skinnygirl Margarita, I immediately noticed its tart taste. A Skinnygirl Margarita contains only 0.2 tablespoons of sugar per serving; it's no wonder it tastes quite tangy. This drink may not taste very sugary, but you can certainly taste the alcohol. At 12.7-percent alcohol, this drink will get the party started in no time. For folks who love cocktails but don't necessarily want to taste the alcohol, this drink isn't for you.

If hard alcohol is not your thing, check out the rest of Bethenny's Skinnygirl cocktail and wine lineup. There are a ton of new low-cal options to take the guesswork out of your boozy Spring adventures.

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RhettW RhettW 3 years
I feel I also should mention that a 4oz serving of 12.7% alcohol is much less than a typical 6oz serving of wine (which runs 12-15%), or a real cocktail with a 40% or higher spirit. So in the end you'll be drinking more of this product thereby consuming more calories (around 160 per serving if you adjust to the average alcohol consumption per drink). If you adjust for serving size by pouring a 6oz glass of this "Skinny" Margarita the following products have FEWER calories per serving:\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0 spirits, light beer, white wine, stout, sherry, sparkling wine, dry cocktails (2oz of a spirit with no more than 1/2oz of vermouth or liqueur), sour cocktails (meaning they contain citrus juice), lager beer, port, and some pale ales.\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0 I just don't understand this product or the people who drink it. An "all natural prepared Margarita" is one you just make yourself at home with real, fresh ingredients. Also, a Margarita does NOT contain 5 tablespoons of sugar, I have no idea where you're getting this information. Ok, I'm done ranting. Sorry, I just feel that companies like this are taking advantage of women who are worried about their weight and calories. I just hope that everyone tries to make informed decisions and doesn't blindly trust ad campaigns.
RhettW RhettW 3 years
This article is inaccurate. A REAL Margarita, not a pile of slush, flavouring, and sugar, is simply tequila (usually 1.5oz), Cointreau (1oz or less), and lime juice (3/4oz). The calorie content of what I just listed is about 200, NOT 700 like you say. And once again, a "preprepared" cocktail with all of those additives you listed is not a Margarita. Go to a real bar where the bartenders know what they're doing and order one and you'll get what I said - tequila, Cointreau, lime juice. No blender involved and definitely not 10oz. Secondly, why bother with "skinny" products when you can have properly made cocktails with fresh ingredients - a dry Martini has 120 calories and a properly made Sour of any kind with fresh ingredients is only about 140 calories. Or better yet: straight spirits (whiskey, gin, etc) have 66 calories per oz, a light white wine has 95-130 calories per 6oz glass, stout is only about 110 calories per 12oz sleeve, sherry is only about 120 calories per 3oz glass, and dry sparkling wine has about 120 calories per 6oz glass. (Yes, you're drinking the same amount of calories in a 12oz sleeve of Guinness as you are in one of these "Skinny" Margaritas).Look at all those options that are not only better tasting, but also contain just as much if not less sugar, and no sodium benzoate. Products like this are encourage a lack of drinking knowledge and taking focus away from REAL quality products (spirits, beers, wines, etc).
jrossi831 jrossi831 4 years
I love the new Skinnygirl Sangria.  I actually prefer it to the Skinnygirl Margarita.  The Skinnygirl Margarita needs to be doctored up a little with lime and lime juice.
selenar selenar 4 years
I have never tried skinny girl, but I hear its pretty good. I have always gone for my voli light vodkas at sam's clubs...honestly its the best and super low calories
Shbebes Shbebes 4 years
The skinny girl margarita is an aquired taste, I personally think. The first time I had it I wasn't quite sold on it but I squeezed the juice of half a lime in it and it gave it quite a zing. Much better now, at least for me. I just bought the sangria and white Cosmo today but haven't tried them yet.
a-lee a-lee 4 years
I tried the skinnygirl sangria this weekend and prefer it to the margarita, personally.
kelzinopolis kelzinopolis 4 years
i am trying this for the first time right now. i don't care for it straight out of the bottle, but i added a little bit of grenadine and it helped alot.
khall2 khall2 4 years
skinny girl margarita is gross. i just bought a bottle this past weekend. awful. imagine a margarita with no flavor. that's what it tastes like.
arcticpuppet arcticpuppet 4 years
love skinnygirl margarita!!!
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