Friday, July 29, 2011


It's summer, it's hot it's time for a margarita- make mine skinny please!

I did some much needed research on the Skinny Margarita craze last weekend. In the name of science, of course, I tested Bethanny Frankel's uber successful Skinny Girl brand as well as Jose Cuervo's light brand. Both are touted as being around 100 calories per drink, but on closer inspection it appears that that number is for a 4 ounce drink.  Four ounces-that's a taste, a taunt, certainly not what I would consider a proper margarita drink!  So let's rework the numbers-a 6 ounce drink is around 150 calories, still way below 500 for the frozen fishbowl variety I slurp at my local Mexican haunt.  On the taste front, they were both good but not fantastic. I wasn't getting the fresh lime taste I crave in a good margarita.  (I did prefer the taste of the Jose Cuervo brand out of the two-but the Skinny Girl bottle is fantasatic)

I made my own light variety and it was a snap. Three ingredients and your choice to salt the glass rim or not. A 6 ounce glass is 130 calories.
So easy, so skinny-I feel better already! Have a great weekend!

Easy Skinny Margarita
1 ounce premium or silver tequila
1/2 ounce Cointreau liqueur
1.5 ounces fresh-squeezed lime juice
Shake with 3/4 cup of ice; garnish with lime.


Linda at beachside cottage said...

Hi - thanks for the review!

Am your Newest Follower - LOVE your blog and all your glamorous, gorgeous Hampton Hostess adventures!

Thanks for taking the time to share with all of us!

Have a marvelous weekend (I KNOW you will ;o)

beachside cottage

Dumbwit Tellher said...

My daughter was wanting Skinny Girl margarita's last week and we could not find them anywhere. Thank you HH for the great recipe. I shy away from marg's purely because of the calories; no more! Have a fabulous Friday.

Cheers ~ Deb

The enchanted home said...

Love this, I love of my favorite drinks when done right and you are so spot on, the lime is key! My friend also bought and tried the skinny girl version and didn't like it at all, she said was "skinny" on taste, and sounds like you thought the same. I will have to give your version a try...thanks!

red ticking said...

been wondering about skinny girl... i am a fan of bethany and applaud her for her amazing work to make her life better... she is sooo fortunate to have found that amazing man... he is so darling and her daughter is too!

will we have one in august??? xx

quintessence said...

I'll have to try your recipe. In general I'd rather have the real thing and just have less - although 4 oz is as you say a tease. I want to try the tequilla I featured on Wednesday - Terry says it's fabulous!!

Vanessa@Luxuria said...

Wow! the whole Skinny Brand is amazing. I only learnt about her recently when she was interviewed by Piers Morgan; very inspirational. I'm thinking of buying her new book. Has anyone here read it?
As for the Margarita-ENJOOOOOY!!!!
Hugs from Spain xx

Donna in Potomac said...

Ditto on best taste and bottle! For me, Skinny Girl has an aftertaste, so thanks for testing a low-cal fresh version. I wonder how her new Skinny Girl Sangria compares. p.s. I'm new to your blog. I spent many summers (mid-70's) in the Hamptons, so I'm reading with renewed interest.

Jamie Herzlinger said...

Thanks for the recipe and the sunflower post and the others are great!
Have a wonderful weekend!
Jamie Herzlinger

Melissah said...

I just discovered your lovely blog and have signed up as a follower. I've just put the finished touches on my new blog ‘Coastal Style’ and have added you to my blogroll. I had a lot of fun putting it together so maybe you would like to check it out if you have a spare minute.
It will have lots of inspiration on beach houses, resortwear, summer food, travel and anything ‘beachy’.

Pearl Maple said...

thanks for the review, one needs to have lots of drinks options this time of year