Bethenny Frankel's Skinnygirl Cocktails Banned From Whole Foods


skinnygirl cocktailsWhole Foods just can't get it together these days. The grocery chain has gotten a lot of bad press lately for its decision not to promote Ramadan and halal foods (which it is now denying), as well as a former employee who made public a very disgruntled resignation letter highlighting many unflattering things about the store.

Whole Foods did make a move in the right direction this week, however, by removing Bethenny Frankel's Skinnygirl Cocktails from its shelves. Apparently, management had the same issue that I do with the drink -- namely, what in the world is it made out of?

Don't get me wrong: I love Bethenny Frankel and think her original recipe for the low-cal Skinnygirl Margarita is quite brilliant. If you ask a bartender to make it for you, it consists of clear tequila, fresh lime juice, and a splash of Triple Sec over ice -- it's fresh-tasting and, admittedly, not too bad, especially if you are watching your weight.

But the Skinnygirl Margarita in the bottle is a whole different story; it's too weak and sugary for my taste. (And I won't even discuss the new Skinnygirl Sangria because I have nothing nice to say about it.) Not to mention the fact, there's no ingredient list on the bottle. Bethenny herself has marketed the product as containing "natural flavors, lightly sweetened with agave nectar and made with premium Blue Agave clear tequlia," but that's the extent of what we know about its ingredients.

Apparently, this wasn't enough for Whole Foods. The chain allegedly removed the product from its shelves because they discovered that the "natural flavors" weren't so "natural" (as if that term has any meaning anyway).

Now, just because the Skinnygirl Margarita in a bottle isn't to my taste doesn't mean I don't think it's a good product or that others shouldn't enjoy it. But I do applaud Whole Foods for demanding transparency and accountability for at least one of its products -- isn't that the whole point of shopping there?


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bether89 bether89

I thought that everything had to have a label with the ingredients on it.

Melis... Melissa042807

If every store (and consumers, for that matter) demanded total honesty from the food manufacturers, the products on our grocery store shelves would be a whole lot different. Good for Whole Foods. They may not be perfect but at least they're doing something right.

nonmember avatar Chell

"But the Skinnygirl Margarita in the bottle is a whole different story; it's too weak and sugary for my taste."

THANK YOU! Made fresh on your own, it's yum. But that bottled stuff tastes like ass. No tequila-lover will like that stuff. It's horrible. Because of that, I won't try anything else that's "SkinnyGirl".

And on a side note - she freaks me out. She looks like the Joker.

L1558 L1558

Chell-- exactly! Yes to all that. I second whatcha said.

nonmember avatar Anna

I wouldn't buy the bottled kind but the homemade ones are awesome! I actually didn't know that her recipe (silver tequila, lime juice, and triple sec) was the same as mine. I make those quite often at home and they taste great! I didn't know they were actually low-cal as far as drinks are concerned...I drink them because they are yummy!

SCMom... SCMomof2kids

 I am so shocked Bethany  did not  think to add the ingrants  I thought that was a law anyway? I gave her more  credit  for having more  brains they  she cared to show by aproving  the bottles with no ingredients

elasmimi elasmimi

Good for Whole Foods! And I thought it was a law too.

Maryam Sarshar

didnt care for the margarita at all...i did buy the sangria to try but have not opened that up yet. our grocery stores cannot sell any alcohol anyways!

Bitte... BitterKittens

Jim Beam got suckered into a $120 million scam... the only thing they got for their money was the name "Skinnygirl."  Bethenny really pulled one over on everyone.  I actually tried the SG margarita... it is plain awful.  The opened bottle and remaining liquid is still sitting in my refrigerator... will pull it out when someone comes over and wants to try it and they can save their $13!  It is spit-out-able...

Bling Luxe

I hear this is NOT an original recipe by Bethenny Frankel. Check out the Atkins low-carb margarita from many years ago. However, the bottling & marketing is genius. Kudos to her for that. On that note, the taste is GROSS. That's all.

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