I'm going to be honest: I've consumed an entire bottle of Bethenny Frankel's signature Skinnygirl Margarita in one evening. For a while, I was convinced that since it was "skinny," it was 100 percent guilt-free. The taste of it is so wonderful, so, this doesn't feel like I'm sacrificing taste for fewer calories delectable.
So you can imagine my excitement when I heard the news that the 40-year-old Housewife and entrepreneur was making a "skinny" white sangria. Considering I'm just about as obsessed with Bethenny as the rest of the cast of The Real Housewives of New York, I couldn't wait to get my hands on a bottle. I wondered: Will it be as good as my fave margarita? Will I want to drink two bottles?
Not to worry. I only had a 134-calorie, 5-ounce serving, and so did my lovely Stir coworkers. Read our review of Skinnygirl Sangria after the jump:
Looks: I carried the bottle into the office, and the whole room beamed with excitement. The first thing we noticed was its appearance. To say this sangria looks a little awkward inside the bottle is an understatement. It's almost the exact same color as urine. Or apple juice. But most of us went with the former.
Alcohol content: The sangria has 10.5 percent alcohol/volume, which ranks it almost as much as a glass of your average wine at 12 or so percent. You can definitely taste the alcohol in this one. As one of our writers put it, "I think I could get drunk pretty easily off this stuff."
Taste: If we could describe it in one word, it would be apple-y. Dignify it as an adult version of apple juice, if you will. One writer said the sangria, in fact, doesn't really taste like sangria at all. I assume this would change if we sliced up some fresh apples and oranges, marinated the two in the refrigerator, and served it over ice. The drink by itself goes down smoothly and leaves a tangy aftertaste.
Overall: It doesn't take a genius to tell you that nothing can beat the sugary goodness of sangria made from scratch with fresh fruit. But if you're going to do it on a calorie budget, which Bethenny daringly attempts here, then this is your pick. Jill, our copy editor, said it best: "Decent, cheap, and a relatively healthy alternative. Good job, Bethenny."
Have you tried Skinnygirl Sangria? Are you a fan?
Image via skinnygirlcocktails.com
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