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Jul 8, 2010 07:46 PM

Skinny Girl Margarita

Has anyone actually tried Bethenny Frankel's margarita mix in a bottle? I'm just curious! I sort of want to buy it, but I'd like to read some reviews before I fork over my cash. :)

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  1. I'm pretty sure you just walked into the kitchen of a top-rated restaurant and asked, "how good is Campbell's soup?"

    I can't imagine using a Margarita mix, at least not for anyone that I like.

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    1. re: EvergreenDan

      Way to be a snob, really. It's not some crappy supermarket mix, it's made with premium tequila and agave nectar, and is free of preservatives and the like.

      Have you tried it? Can you compare it to something like Campbell's soup based on experience, or are you just being pretentious over something you've never even tasted? I'm willing to bet that with you, it's the latter.

      1. re: raspberry sorbet

        Easy, now. . . .

        The man’s simply pointing out that you’re bringing your inquiry to a group populated with a lot of serious booze purists. Hell, there’s folks around here that won’t drink a tequila unless they’ve been shown a sworn affidavit proving the aging dates. Frankly, I got a kick out of his analogy. At the end of the day, a mix is a mix. Chefs make their own stock for a reason.

        A “skinny girl” margarita is just a margarita where calories are reduced by substituting agave for simple syrup. Like any other cocktail (or food stuff for that matter), it’s best made from scratch using fresh ingredients. (But, then again, what do I know – I'm just an old man who still thinks that you make a martini with gin . . .)

        Oh, and by the way, welcome.

        1. re: MGZ

          You're right, my reaction was a little much, sorry. Sorry, EvergreenDan. But this site has an entire board dedicated to chain restaurants; I didn't think a margarita mix query would make me look like that much of a plebian!

          And thanks for the welcome. I sure know how to create a first impression, right?

          1. re: MGZ

            Also, lime juice goes bad quickly and pasteurizing it makes it taste very different. Think the difference between fresh lime + sugar and Rose's Lime Cordial.

            Agave isn't any lower in calories than sugar and is less healthy than sugar (it's akin to high fructose corn syrup just from a more poetic source).

            1. re: yarm

              >>>Also, lime juice goes bad quickly and pasteurizing it makes it taste very different. Think the difference between fresh lime + sugar and Rose's Lime Cordial<<<

              excellent point -- the pasteurization takes away the natural brightness that manufacturers often try to re-introduce (or boost) by adding citric acid.

              1. re: yarm

                >>>>Agave isn't any lower in calories than sugar and is less healthy than sugar (it's akin to high fructose corn syrup just from a more poetic source).

                Spot on, thank you very much.

                I get so tired of the organicistas singing the praises of agave syrup as though it had some magical properties endowed by the agave gods. I've stopped being a pedant on the subject and just nod my appreciation for their vast knowledge of food chemistry.

                Chemically, and nutritionally, agvave syrup is closer to HFCS than any other sweetener. If you want the trace of agave flavor it may (emphasis on may here) add to your margarita, just buy a better tequila.

                1. re: Gustavo Glenmorangie

                  "May" indeed. I haven't tried the darkest stuff available yet, but the medium amber version just tastes very, very, very sweet to me. Needs to be quite diluted to work well in a cocktail in any case.

                2. re: yarm

                  I cut agave syrup quantities in half when substituting for simple. It's like honey versus honey syrup.

                  That said, it does have a subtle flavor, although it is a bit hard to taste because it is so sweet. When I use up my supply, I'm not sure I'll replace it, though. I bet it's pretty subtle in any cocktail with any substantial flavor.

                3. re: MGZ

                  MGZ: Is there such as thing as a Vodka Martini? I often try ordering one of my favorite gin drinks in most bars and get a blank stare [Gin Buck] ....

                  1. re: hawkeyeui93

                    Nothing like having to walk a bartender through making a cocktail instead of simply placing an order. I've heard stories, possibly apocryphal, of guys carrying printed cards containing instructions for their favorite drink.

                    1. re: MGZ

                      I actually have printed them for me and my two daughters, but I only use them when I get a blank stare..

                4. re: raspberry sorbet

                  No hard feelings. Sometimes humor doesn't transmit well on the internet.

                  I think others have made my point. A bottled mix isn't fresh because it's pasteurized and therefore cooked.

                  OTOH, this forum seems happy to go on and on over Bloody Mary mix. I bet some tomatoes, cucumber, green pepper, onion, worcestershire sauce, fresh horseradish, lime, hot sauce, salt, pepper, and celery seed in a blender would kill any bottled brand. Now that I've typed up the idea, it sound both delicious and a lot of work.

                  On a vaguely related topic, I recently had the best gazpacho I've ever had. The big difference? No canned juice of any kind, just pureed vegetables and other ingredients.

                  I can make a Margarita in about the same amount of time as a typical drink (Manhattan, Martini, Negroni, etc.). You also have the freedom to mix it the way you like it. I find most recipes, including the one ChowHound just emailed me today, to be too sweet. I like 2:1:1. That way it is a tart, sipping drink that doesn't go down too quickly. It is also "skinny" because there is less sugar from the orange liqueur. If you want to make it skinnier, you could add a little fresh orange juice, which would have fewer calories than the tequila and orange liqueur.

                  A Margarita also requires good ingredients. It's mostly tequila, so you taste it a lot. Cheap triple sec will ruin the drink. I like Cointreau, but any quality orange liqueur will do.

                5. re: EvergreenDan

                  It's terrible - very bitter - don't waste your money

                  1. re: donnacc

                    I'm with you. Pretty bad. Not worth the calories....even reduced.

                6. I imagine it is about as good as Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill.

                  Seriously though, why take all the fun out of making a drink by buying a premixed product? Just like orange juice, lime juice is best when freshly squeezed, so the mix will never come close to the real deal. All you need to make your own is tequila, limes, and some orange liqueur. To make it "skinny" replace some of the orange with agave syrup. To make it really skinny, add a few drops of lime juice to a shot of tequila and drink.

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                  1. re: nickls

                    I second that. A nice reposado and a little squeeze of lime is a wonderful thing to sip.

                  2. Why not just buy 100% agave tequila, limes, and triple sec? What's the advantage of this bottle of stuff?

                    1. Can I just say that I think I understand why you want to try it in the first place? Bethenny's all over the TV these days, her books sell like crazy, and I can understand the curiosity. It's not like you're asking for help with a Sandra Lee recipe; you want to try a premium product by a celeb chef. I get it!

                      I haven't had it, but you should just give it a whirl. It's all natural, so it might not be the best thing you've ever tasted, but it won't kill you either. If there was any in my area to be found, I'd certainly taste test it for you.

                      Welcome to the boards. I like your fiestiness girl! :D

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                      1. About an hour ago, I saw the stuff for the first time. It's basically just a premade margarita - not really a mix. The ingredients are not actually listed, but the concoction appears to be agave tequila sweetened with agave nectar and flavored with "natural flavors." It was on sale for $16.99.

                        I drink tequila neat, don't watch reality tv, avoid processed foods, and have no interest in being a "skinny girl." Ultimately, the product seems like form over substance to me. On the upside, it seems like an easy way to get drunk . . .