Thursday, July 12, 2012

Sinless Margarita Review & Giveaway!

Oh, boy, I can't even describe how excited I was to do this review! When a company called Sinless Cocktails contacted me to ask if I'd like to try their Sinless Margarita mix, I think I replied in no longer than five seconds. Heck yes, I will try your margarita mix! (Just FYI, this post is not sponsored, and Sinless Cocktails didn't even require me to write a review).

Before I lost the weight, my very favorite drink to order at a restaurant was a margarita on the rocks (with a salted rim, of course). I was hugely disappointed when I discovered that the typical margarita has 360 calories (source)--for 8 ounces, and I always ordered the huge "fishbowl" size ;) I don't think I drank a single margarita the whole time I was losing weight, because I just couldn't justify that many calories on a single drink.

I've heard of lower calorie mixed drinks (Skinnygirl Margarita is one), but they use sweeteners I am not a fan of. I am very picky when it comes to sugar substitutes--I don't like the taste of any artificial sweeteners, and I don't like agave syrup (which is what the Skinnygirl Margarita uses). I was excited to see that the Sinless Margarita mix uses all natural ingredients, and is sweetened with Stevia.

The mixes are liquid, and because they are natural ingredients, must be refrigerated. Check out the stats and ingredients:
I am the first to admit that I know NOTHING about mixing cocktails--which is why I stick with wine and beer at home. So the fact that you only have to mix this with tequila (no triple sec!) was a huge bonus for me. I don't like to buy a ton of ingredients for a drink.

The directions say to mix 1 part tequila with 2-3 parts margarita mix (depending how strong you like it). I rimmed a glass with salt (just dip the edges of the glass in water, then dip into margarita salt). Then I filled the glass with ice and poured 1.5 ounces of tequila with 4 ounces of margarita mix. I like my margaritas on the rocks, rather than frozen, but I imagine they would work just fine if you blended it with ice).
I have to admit, I was skeptical that I was going to love it. But all it took was one little sip to make my eyes grow wide and announce to Jerry, "This is AWESOME!" He took a sip of mine and liked it so much that he wanted me to make one for him too, right away.
Yes, I like a lot of salt... don't judge! ;)
We both just kept sipping and saying, "Wow, this is good!" The total calories were only 111 per drink. They didn't taste watered down at all (which I can't stand!) and I didn't taste a single hint of bitterness that Stevia sometimes has. In fact, I never would have guessed that it was made with Stevia.



The next morning, I was still thinking about the tart sweetness of the margarita, so I decided to make a shake with the same kind of taste I was looking for: Key Lime Pie Protein Shake! I used some of the Sinless Margarita mix in it, and it was heavenly.

Key Lime Pie Protein Shake

1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1/4 cup Sinless Margarita mix
1 serving vanilla protein powder mix
1 Tbsp. lime jello mix
1 Tbsp. cheesecake pudding mix
1 tsp. lime juice (not necessary, but I wanted mine extra limey)
8-10 ice cubes
1/4 tsp each xanthan gum and guar gum (optional, for a thicker, creamier texture)

Put everything in a blender and blend until smooth. (With my protein powder, the shake's totals came out to--223 calories, 2.6 grams of fat, 24.3 grams of carbs, 25.8 grams of protein)

This tasted exactly like key lime pie--so good!



After absolutely loving the original margarita mix, I wasn't quite as excited to try the Strawberry Margarita Mix. I've never been a fan of strawberry margaritas. I made the strawberry margaritas the same as the original. I took a sip and wasn't too thrilled with it. I thought it was decent, but like I said, I'm just not a big strawberry margarita fan.

Notice the tequila bottle is now half-empty... ;)
Jerry, however, LOVED the strawberry one. He said he liked that one better than the original. So it's just a matter of personal preference!
Overall, I absolutely loved the original Sinless Margarita mix, and would definitely buy it to have on hand (it keeps for 6 months unopened in the fridge). The ONLY drawback for me is that it's a little pricey--$8.49 per bottle plus shipping. I would love to see it in a store around here (you can check their website to find out if it's in a store near you, or to request that your store carry it).



Sinless Cocktails has very generously offered to give away a bottle of mix to one Runs for Cookies reader! To enter the random drawing, check out the Sinless mixes on their website and leave a comment here letting me know which one sounds the best to you. I will leave this contest open until Saturday (7/14) at 10:00 a.m. EST.  CONTEST HAS NOW ENDED.

(In full disclosure, I was given two bottles of Sinless Margarita Mix to try; I wasn't required to do a review, and all opinions are truthful).

165 comments:

  1. Oh man these sound awesome! I think I'd just want the basic margarita!

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  2. Oh man, the strawberry margarita mix sounds awesome! I miss margaritas so much!

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  3. These sound so good. Margaritas are my favorite. I would love to try the traditional mix.

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  4. I would love to try the original kind! :) also, I cant seem to get to any page but where you put in your zip? I am on my phone though...lol!

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  5. This looks amazing! I'd love to try the regular margarita mix.

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  6. I love plain margaritas, I'd definitely go for that one!

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  7. i usually go for the original, so that's the one I'd go for.

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  8. Strawberry sounds terrific! (Pam)

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  9. These sound soo amazing. I would try the sweet and sour mix! I like the recipes on the website

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  10. I've tried the Skinnygirl margarita and sangria. I don't really care for them too much. Maybe it's the sweeteners. As for the Sinless products, I would love to try the original margarita mix!

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  11. The plain margarita mix sounds awesome...now I want a cocktail!

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  12. I love an good old original margarita!

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  13. I would love to try the sour mix and make amaretto sours, yum!

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  14. I would love to try the margarita mix!

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  15. Cheryl (in Buffalo)July 12, 2012 at 9:32 PM

    I love fruity margaritas, so the sinless strawberry margarita mix sounds great!!!!

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  16. I think I'd go with the strawberry margarita mix!

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  17. I'd probably go with the plain margarita mix. I do like sour but I've been shying away from that. And if it's on the rocks, I definitely prefer the original to anything else. Annnnnd now my mouth is watering for a margarita.

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  18. strawberry margarita for me!

    Cindy

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  19. I'd love to try the strawberry. This sounds awesome!

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  20. sinless sour! I would love to find a way to skip the sugar! Angela

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  21. I really want to try the sour mix!

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  22. Definitely strawberry margarita!

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  23. Sinless margarita sounds good to me. Karen

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  24. I would love the original margarita mix! Sounds so yummy!

    http://jessicasjourneytoanewlife.blogspot.com/

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  25. Ooh yum! Strawberry marg for me! :D

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  26. I'd probably go for the strawberry version- gotta get my 3-5 servings of fruit per day somehow!

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  27. I definitely want to try the strawberry margarita mix! Thanks for reminding me I need to try this. My company actually supplies the packaging for this, so I saw some (empty) containers of it around Christmas and meant to go buy some to try... guess I need a better memory :)

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  28. Oh yum! Definitely sinless marg! Yummy

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  29. I would have to go for the regular margarita mix. I had never had a margarita in my entire life until after I had my youngest son in August and then I tried one and LOVED it. :) My husband got me hooked.

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  30. After checking the recipes, the sweet and sour mix for sure!

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  31. The original sounds great. would love to sit outside with one on a hot summer night!

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  32. yummmm, the sour mix would be so good!

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  33. I'm thinking the sour mix! I've been craving an amaretto sour with a maraschino cherry.

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  34. i think the sour mix would be awesome- perhaps with some Midori ;P

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  35. I am an original margarita on the rocks kinda girl! Sounds delicious!!

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  36. The strawberry margarita sounds good!

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  37. The strawberry margarita mix sounds great, a close second is the sour mix!

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  38. the strawberry margarita mix would be awesome, i am a fruity taste kind of girl!!

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  39. I would try the regular margarita, even though Very Bad Things happen when I drink tequila.

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  40. I'd definitely try the regular margarita.

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  41. Those look so yummy!! I would definitely love the Regular Margarita. However they all sound AMAZING!!

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  42. I would like to try the original margarita mix. I'm with you, not a huge fan of strawberry margaritas.

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  43. Love an original margarita, and like you, the more salt the better! The bottles look so cool!

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  44. I'm from Mexico and usually drink my tequila straight. But will definitely like to try the original.

    One comment Katie, to rim the glass try to put some lime juice before dipping it in salt, instead of water. You'll like it better.

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  45. I love margaritas and would love to try the strawberry mix!

    Jen

    www.justamomgivingitatri.blogspot.com

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  46. I would just go for the basic mix.

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  47. The original sounds awesome!

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  48. Hmm, even though I love all kinds of fruits, when it comes to Margaritas, I feel like classic is best! Straight up, on the rocks, mucho salt...I've been meaning to try a low calorie mix for a long time, but I love that this one is all natural! Thanks for the input :)

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  49. The original margarita mix! Yum!

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  50. Definitely the original! Love strawberries but nothing flavored strawberry - weird, I know. Thanks for the contest!

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  51. I love love love margaritas on the rocks! and I can never find a yummy mix! I would love the original one. I looked-- none sold around here :(

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  52. I would love to try the original mix--both as a margarita and in the key lime shake recipe you posted :)

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  53. I am a original rita kinda girl!!!

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  54. original! With just as much salt as you put! :)

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  55. I'd like to try the strawberry one!!

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  56. Oooh, Yumm! I will take the original margarita mix please!

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  57. The strawberry mix sounds sooo good. Although it will probably make me crave Mexican food!

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  58. These sound incredible! I'd love to try the traditional mix.

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  59. I would try the sour....I am still recovering from cinco de mayo or I would try all of them!!!

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  60. This sounds amazing! I'd try the original.

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  61. Yum. Sounds delicious. Weird, though, that the only two locations anywhere near me are restaurants. I'll be on the lookout, though. I love a good margarita!

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  62. Yum, they all sound good but my first pick would be the original margarita. Awesome giveaway!

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  63. The regular margarita mix looks great. And I did find a store that carries it 3 blocks from me!

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  64. I would probably go with the original mix, sour is not my thing and the salt goes much better with the regular. Sounds so good!

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  65. I love margaritas - original or strawberry. It's all good!

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  66. With 6 kids going in a thousand directions......Margaritaville sounds like paradise! I too prefer the original.

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  67. I am SO stoked about this review! I avoid having a drink because just like you I hate spending that many calories on one but I am really excited to try this! I want to try the Strawberry Margarita Mix, I'm not a huge fan of lemon-lime anything(I know, I know, call me crazy). Thanks for sharing!

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  68. I want to try the original! I'm shocked at the low calories! :)

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  69. I'm with Jerry- I want to try the strawberry!

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  70. I would love to try just the basic margarita mix!!

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  71. The original margarita mix sounds tasty! I love the salt, too :)

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  72. I love margaritas! Though I'm terrible at mixing cocktails at home as well! To me nothing says vacation like a margarita in my hand :D

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  73. I think they all sound great, but I think I'd like to try the Sweet & Sour Mix - just to have something a bit different.

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  74. This is what I've been searching for! I'm excited about it. There are VERY limited low calorie mixes in the area, but this sounds perfect (because of the ingredients). I'm most excited about the sweet/sour one because we use that as a margarita mix more often than regular margarita mix!

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  75. Yummy- definately the sweet & sour. They all sound great, but I miss sweet & sours!

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  76. The strawberry sounds awesome. So much goodness with so little guilt! What could be better?

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  77. The strawberry mix sounds awesome to me!

    I love that you used the mix for a protein shake! Thanks for sharing the recipe! Sounds awesome!

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  78. I prefer the original margarita. Key lime Pie shake sounds delicious!!!

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  79. I have tried other low calorie mixers (I like Baja Bobs!) and would venture to guess that Sinless would be similar. The sour mix sounds good and the website has some pretty interesting recipes. If I won, I'd review on my blog too!

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  80. Sounds yum!! Thanks for including the ingredient list - I'm thrilled to find out that there isn't anything in there that I'm allergic to! Woo hoo!!!! I would choose the original margarita flavor!
    ~Judy

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  81. Definitely the original margarita flavor!!

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  82. Strawberry for sure
    sallen 322 at yahoo

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  83. I would love to try the original margarita flavor! :)
    Jenn

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  84. These sound great! I think I'd prefer the regular margarita mix, however the sweet and sour is intriguing!

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  85. I think I'd like to try the sour mix. I'm not fond of regular margarita's, but love strawberry, so that would be my second choice... but the sour one really sounds best!

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  86. I want to try the original margarita mix! Yum!

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  87. I love a good margarita! I would love to try the sour! Just the same I often avoid margaritas because of the calorie content. I will say that I thought that stevia was an artificial sweetener and "worse" for people (a kin to aspartame etc) than agave (which I thought was natural like honey)? I dunno I guess I have some research to do...

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  88. the strawberry sounds delicious!

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  89. One tequila, two tequila, three tequila, Floor!! I'd love to try the origional flavor, por favor!---Jenn D.

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  90. I would love to try the original on the rocks - love tons of salt too! Thanks!

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  91. I would LOVE to try the original flavor! I think I am an original flavor kind of girl too!! EXTRA EXTRA SALT PLEASE!!!

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  92. I would love to try all of them! But...if I must choose one, I say the original, on the rocks with lots of salt!
    Even if I don't win, I am ordering some tonight =)

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  93. I would take the strawberry mix but I prefer the Mango margaritas. YUM! Too bad they didn't have Mango flavored or I would order a bottle immediately! But I am willing to try my second favorite, Strawberry :) Thanks Kate!

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  94. I love Gin & Tonic....so I would love to try the Sweet & Sour mixer! But they all sound good!

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  95. I would like to try the regular margarita mix. Seems like you could use that as a base for other flavors too!

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  96. I'm in for the regular Margarita mix. I avoid most sweeteners, but it would be nice to try one with stevia versus something artificial. I do miss Margaritas.

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  97. These look great! I'd have to go with strawberry!

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  98. Oh, I'm definitely a margarita girl, so regular margs it is!

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  99. I would definitely try the regular margarita.. Even the smoothie recipe sounds amazing!!

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  100. Would Love to try the margarita mix. Sounds Yummy!
    Chrissy

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  101. Yummy - Love all margaritas - I think either flavor would be delicious. I'm not a fan of sour mix though (i dont think!).

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  102. Those look GOOD! I am not a fan of the SkinnyGirl Maragaritas (sadly) and I had lost hope of finding a healthier margarita. I'd love to try the strawberry!

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  103. I would love to try the regular flavor! I haven't really gotten into this whole Stevia craze yet though!

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  104. The recipe for Sinless Georgia Peach looks like something right up my alley! Thanks for the review!

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  105. They had a tent set up at one of my races...tried them both and really liked their original :-)

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  106. definitely original. I like it on the rocks with salt too. YUM!

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  107. The strawberry margarita sounds amazing! Thanks for hosing the giveaway :)

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  108. I would like to try the strawberry.

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  109. I am not a big drinker, so I think I would want the original, so I could make the key lime smoothie...that looks awesome!!!!!
    Thanks Katie!!!!
    ~Laura

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  110. I'd love to try the regular margarita mix!

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  111. I'm going to join Team Jerry and try out the strawberry. Frozen strawberry margaritas are my favorite, though I haven't had one in ages because of the calories. Or maybe I'll go crazy and mix the lime and strawberry together!

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  112. I would love to try the regular margarita flavor. I love your blog although I don't have one of my own. I would still love to win this. My e-mail is dandiful@hotmail.com. Thanks! Veronica

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  113. I would love to try the original mix. Sounds yummy!

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  114. I would like the regular flavor. It sounds delicious. I don't drink margaritas because of the calories either. Thanks for the giveaway!! My email is suepado@gmail.com.

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  115. Would love to try the sweet and sour.

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  116. I have also tried the Skinnygirl cocktails and thought they were disgusting! This sounds much better! I would love to try the Strawberry Margarita one! :)

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  117. The strawberry sounds yumm, would love to they that one :)

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  118. Strawberry for sure. I have not had a maragrita in FOREVER

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  119. Reg margarita for me please! :)

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  120. STRAWBABY, BERRY! Oops... I mean, STRAWBERRY, BABY!! :)

    ~~Aundrea P.~~

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  121. Strawberry sounds delish!!! I am so excited to try something new! I've been so inspired by reading your blog. I found it on Pinterest and have been following you for months. I am finally down 30 lbs and have taken up running :) YOu are such an inspiration!

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  122. What a great find! Margaritas used to be drink of choice too until I also discovered how many calories they had! It took me 3 years to lose 135 pounds and I don't think I've had a single one in 3 years! My favorite was always frozen strawberry margaritas. I'll have to see if they sell them near me and splurge for a special occasion!

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  123. Oh I would love to try the Sin-less Basic Margarita mix. I LOVE margaritas, but cant justify the calories when I go out to dinner.

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  124. The strawberry mix looks really good!

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  125. That's so cool! I'd love to try the strawberry mix!

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  126. I would like to try the strawberry mix!

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  127. Strawberry mix would be my favorite!

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  128. My name is Tessa, not unknown, btw.

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  129. LOVE margaritas, but like you, never drink them anymore. It's hard to justify all those calories, so I would love to try this mix!

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  130. Strawberry sounds really good! There is actually a store that has the mix not too far from where I live, I'm going to have to try it!!!

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  131. I really want to try the strawberry flavor!

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  132. I really want to try the strawberry:)

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  133. Original on the rocks sounds PERFECT to me!!!
    -Jessica

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  134. The strawberry one sounds like something that I would love to try!!! :)

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  135. I would love to try the original! :)

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  136. I love fishbowls too!! lol but the orignal sounds amazing, cant wait to look for it in my area.

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  137. I think i would like the strawberry the best! excited to try it. especially in the summer time. yum!

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  138. The regular margarita, but I would love to try it frozen...

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  139. This makes me so happy to hear!! I LOVE margaritas but have stop drinking them because of the calories. Orifinal would be the one I would love to try :)

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  140. Plain old margarita on the rocks is my favorite! Mmmm! Thanks for the heads up, I've never heard of these.

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  141. I would like to try the traditional. Like you, my favorite margarita is a classic "on the rocks."

    I think most margaritas are way too sweet, so this mix sounds perfect. Just lemon and lime juice and a little bit of stevia. Yum!

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  142. The sweet and sour mix sounds really good but sometimes I like to have something a little fruity so I would try that Strawberry Margarita :)

    P.S. - Your key lime pie smoothie sounds and looks delicious!!

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  143. I would like to try the traditional margarita. Sounds so good right about now! :)

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  144. Original is my pick! Cant wait.to try it....so.glad.i.found.your blog

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  145. Sinless Appletini!!! I have never calculated the calories of a regular appletini.. not sure I want to know because I can never have just one

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  146. The sour one, but they all sound good!

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  147. I like the original Margarita!!

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  148. The Strawberry one sounds yummy! :)

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  149. I like the original Margarita!! :)

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  150. Original sounds perfect to me!!

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  151. I like the original mix! Similar to you i prefer regular margaritas on the rocks minus the salt :)

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  152. I think the strawberry sounds perfect! But I'd love the original to try with your shake recipe! Both sounds good!

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  153. I would choose the original margarita mix. I too do not like to drink margaritas because of the high calories. I would love to try lover calorie margaritas that taste great!

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  154. I love margaritas and I think the strawberry one sounds great! I would probably blend it in ice with some frozen strawberries! Yum!

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  155. I think I would try the original first, for a baseline, but they all sound great to me!!

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  156. Based on your review I think I'd like the original'

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  157. Yumm! They all sound so good but I love strawberry, so I would love to try the strawberry margarita!

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  158. I would love to try the strawberry mix.
    Jennifer Bass

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  159. As my favorite alcoholic drink is an Amaretto Stone Sour, I would probably like the Sweet and Sour mix the best... but I do love a good plain margarita every now and again!

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