Skinny Tailgating Drink
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Skinny Tailgating Drink – A Smirnoff Challenge

Are you a tailgater looking for a fun new tailgating drink recipe? Do you wake up early on Saturday and Sunday, paint your face with bright colors, throw on your prized team’s jersey, load up the car and head for the stadium? If yes, then you’re in good shape here, read on….

Tailgating is Not Skinny

I wouldn’t suppose you could find a soul out there who said they love tailgaiting because of all the healthy food and skinny snacks. In fact, traditioanl fare includes brats, beers, beans, brownies and all kinds of other bad for you bites. And that’s all there is to do as you wait for your game to start – eat, drink and traditionally not be so skinny. So what’s a healthy, happy, skinny girl to do? Well, she’s not going to miss the fun, that’s for sure. And she’s not going to risk the “ewwws” from the crowd by sporting traditioanl diet food and drinks either…

Skinny Solutions

She’s going to cleverly mix up a SkinnyTini using Smirnoff’s new Wild Honey flavor and Cyrstal Light. And she’s going to boast about how delicous it is, without feeling the need to mention that it’s Skinny!  Tailgating drinking is not slimming, and if you’re out there for hours at a time just knocking back cocktails, you have a real opportunity to save some serious calories here. Not to mention some unnecessary sugar, which is often a worse culprit for Monday morning headaches.

Skinny Tailgating Drink

The more the merrier with this one, with only 112 calories per serving,

Wild Honey Cinna-Lemonade

  • 6 ounce Smirnoff Wild Honey Vodka
  • 1 small packet of Crystal Light Lemonade Powder
  • 1 cup of water
  • 8 oz Soda Water
  • 1 fresh Lemon
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon

Calories: This recipe makes 4 servings with 112 calories each.


  1. Fill a shaker with 1 cup of water and add Cyrstal Light Lemonade Powder (use the small packets that are designed to be disolved into 20 oz of water). Add the cinnamon, and shake to mix well.
  2. In a large pitcher, add vodka, mixed lemonande, and soda water and stir well.
  3. Cut lemon in half, squeeze half into the pitcher and slice the other half into wheels for garnish.
  4. Fill a pint glass (or traditioanl red cup works well too!) with ice, top with Wild Honey Cinna-Lemonade, garnish with a fresh lemon wheel and serve.

Smirnoff and SkinnyTini Backstory

I’ve been a part of the Smirnoff Hub since it launched, and it has really been a great experience. I’ve been able to share some of their content and they have brodcasted some of my recipes through their network as well, like the Lean Mean SkinnyTini Machine and the Cronut SkinnyTini. I’m not new to Smirnoff, as coencidentally, I used Smirnoff’s Citrus Vodka in all of my original SkinnyTinis, buecause it had only 57 calories per ounce, compared with 64 of traditioanl vodka. So to be working with them collaborativly almost 5 years later is pretty cool. Periodically, they launch fun challenges and if you follow my blog, you know I love a fun challenge! So this post is the summary of my submission…let’s see if I win 🙂

Meeting the Smirnoff Teams

On my last trip to New York, for the marathon (stay tuned for a post next week if you’re curious how that went down) I was able to meet with the teams that are devoted to the product development, creative strategy, and of course all the fun marketing execution. We tasted a new flavor of Sorbet Light that is slated to release in January, participated in a robust wine tasting event at Diagio headquarters and attended a fun fashion event in Soho that Smirnoff had sponsored.  Let me just say, they’re a pretty cool group of hip chicks (and Matt!) and this California girl had a blast killing the afternoon and evening with them!

What’s your favorite tailgating trick? If you’re looking for a way to make something skinny, let me know, I may be able to help.

Go Team!

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