In 2009 Bethenny Frankel walked into a bar and asked for a skinny girl margarita. It sounds like the intro to a joke, but the success Bethenny has found with her line of low-calorie cocktails is nothing to laugh at. She’s done what few in the beverage industry thought possible — create a line of ready-to-serve drinks marketed directly to health-conscious women.
A television personality from the Real Housewives of New York City, Bethenny knew what women wanted — a great-tasting drink that wouldn’t sabotage their diets. So she gave the bartender her personal margarita recipe, he whipped it up, and in that moment, the idea for Skinnygirl Cocktails was born. In March 2011, the brand was acquired by premium spirits company Beam Inc. and has grown to offer wine, ready-to-serve cocktails, and flavored vodkas.
Recently, Bethenny shared a few of her newest creations with the WorldLifestyle team, who happily agreed to review three of her summery flavors: Mojito, Sweet ‘N Tart Grapefruit Margarita, and Moscato. Hey, it’s all in a day’s work!
Tasting Notes: Lightly sweet with citrus and herb aromas and subtle lime and mint flavors.
“The flavors were there, but muted. Adding fresh lime juice and mint helped immensely. I loved how light and not-too-sweet it tasted. On a hot day or balmy night, the last thing you want is a heavy, cloying cocktail.” Vicki, –WL Associate Editor
Sweet ‘N Tart Grapefruit Margarita
Tasting Notes: Moderately sweet with aromas of grapefruit and honey and a pleasantly strong citrus flavor.
“I found the drink really refreshing and strong. I would definitely buy a few bottles for summer to keep in the fridge.” –Christina, WL Beauty Editor
Tasting Notes: Slight effervescence, aromas of melon and peach, and agreeably sweet tropical fruit flavors.
“It is very light, crisp, and surprisingly strong.” –Celeste, WL Editorial Assistant
In the Skinnygirl Cocktails, much of the calorie reduction comes from their reduced alcohol-by-volume — 9.5 percent, compared to 12-13 percent in wine. Additionally, at $15 a bottle, they’re as pricey as a decent bottle of wine, which contains roughly the same number of calories per serving. Nevertheless, the cocktails are a refreshing and super convenient summer drink that won’t send your blood sugar into the stratosphere.