Gotham Gossipist: Skinnygirl Getting Sued Over Inferior Tequila
New York’s favorite Housewife has some explaining to do. Bethenny Frankel’s Skinnygirl Margarita company and Beam Global Spirits are being named in a $10 million class action lawsuit claiming that they intentionally lied on the label for Frankel’s signature drink, Skinnygirl Margarita.
Two very astute tequila drinkers, Christopher Rapcinsky and Erin Baker, claim that the label for the pre-mixed, low calorie alcoholic beverage that states it is “all natural” with “no preservatives”, is total fibbery.
According to the New York Post, Rapcinsky and Baker say in their lawsuit that instead of the agave nectar and 100 percent blue agave tequila that the label states are the only ingredients, the drink actually appears to be “a lower quality and purity tequila by-product called mixto – essentially a mash of tequila and some unknown additives (rarely organic) which may comprise as much as 49 percent of the final mixed liquor.”
Beam Global, the company that bought the margarita mix from Frankel for $100 million, called the suit “frivolous.” The company continued, “Skinnygirl Margarita is made with premium blue agave tequila and meets the highest quality standards. We will defend our case vigorously, and we are fully confident we will prevail.”
Since Frankel is no longer the owner of the product, she herself will not be sued, but she still felt the need to defend her drink earlier this year when other claims against its naturalness were made, “[E]veryone loves to try to tear down a success. This is a non-event.”