I know what you’re thinking… a Skinnygirl Margarita review from the “It’s just the booze dancing…” crew? Before you mock, let me give you the back story…
This past Sunday, while on the way to the In-Laws, I made a stop at the Canal’s liquor store in Berlin, NJ to see if they had any interesting beers in stock (the Sam Adams Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA 12 pack is on my “Must Buy!” list). Before I went in, Mrs. G-LO asked me to pick up a bottle of the Skinnygirl Margarita since she was curious to give it a try. I laughed, I mocked, but while pulling together a mixed six-pack, I was overcome with a wave of generosity and decided to see if they carried this potentially vile concoction. It turns out they actually stocked the stuff, so I reluctantly picked up a bottle ($15 for a 750ml bottle!). With my purchases made, I walked back to the car and headed to my In-Laws.
Mrs. G-LO and my Mother-In-Law each had a glass of the Skinnygirl Margarita, while I had a Yuengling Lager with my Father-In-Law and grilled some marinated flank steaks. Curiosity got the best of me, so I decided to take a sip. To say that it was weak would be an understatement! When made correctly, Margaritas are supposed to be tart and VERY potent (remember my reverse beer goggles story?). This was neither. But don’t just take my word for it. Here is a brief Q&A that I had with the Mrs. about an hour ago:
- G-LO: You do realize that you left that bottle of Skinnygirl Margarita at your Mom’s on Sunday.
- Mrs. G-LO: Yeah. It wasn’t very good.
- G-LO: Aha! So you agree with me! So what exactly didn’t you like about it?
- Mrs. G-LO: I dunno… I guess it wasn’t tart enough. It fell a little flat.
While I applaud Betheny Frankel’s attempt to create a tasty, low calorie drink, there is no way in hell that I can endorse this product. It may be low calorie, but it’s far from tasty.
If you want a real Margarita, I recommend that you try the following recipe from David Wondrich and Esquire magazine:
- Silver Tequila 2 ounces
- Cointreau 1 ounce
- Lime Juice 1 ounce
Shake well with cracked ice, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass that has had its rim rubbed with lime juice and dipped in coarse salt.
Keep it simple! Keep it strong!
One last thing…
While this review may be harsh, Betheny Frankel is having the last laugh. Her Skinnygirl line of low calorie cocktails was recently sold to Fortune Brands Beam Global (makers of Jim Beam Bourbon) for around $120 million. Meanwhile, I’m out fifteen bucks.