AT THE BAR
The Bistro Group
T.G.I. Friday’s Skinny Margarita, left,
and Skinny Blackberry Margarita.
The National Culinary Review | May 2011
Health-conscious patrons want
drinks with fewer calories, and savvy
operators are meeting the need.
moneymaking decision for restaurant
operators. And with several choices of
low-calorie sweetener on the market,
skinny drinks don’t have to compromise on
taste or flavor, either.
By Lauren Kramer
and alcoholic beverages are calorie-
laden. That makes them a sore point with
those who want to socialize, enjoy the
buzz and color of a drink in hand and still
watch their waistlines.
Mixologists and beverage specialists are
rising to the challenge with a selection of
skinny drinks that weigh in at 200 calories
or less. In terms of cost, they’re a wise
THE RIGHT BALANCE
With 64 restaurants across the U.S.,
Newport Beach, Calif.-based Fleming’s
Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar was
one of the skinny-drink pioneers, with a