The summer months are long and hot. At the end of the day, you’re looking for a way to cool off and relax a bit from your time by the pool or the beach. Nothing satisfies like a cool, crisp, refreshing beer.

Even though you’re on vacation, you’re still trying to keep your diet on point. It’s only early summer and you don’t want to negate all the hard work you’ve put in this spring to get your beach body ready.

You still want to go out and have a fun time with your friends, it is summer after all, but the light beer choices at the bar are about as exciting as the concept of summer school.

Light beer can still come packed with almost 150 calories and if you’re on a serious calorie deficit, three or four beers would be equal to one whole meal for the day.

I have the solution for you, my friend. A solution that will allow you to still go out and have a great time and help you save those precious calories for other things like boardwalk slices of pizza.

Up first is one of the original classic cocktails that David A. Embury wrote about in his book The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks. This drink will not only keep you under 150 calories, but it’s one of the classiest drinks you can order.

Manhattans – 130 Calories


 – 2 ounces of bourbon (I use Buffalo Trace which has about 70 calories)

 – 1 ounce of sweet vermouth (use dry if you wish your call Brodowski both have around 45 cals)

 – 2 dashes of bitters

 – 1 maraschino cherry (optional)

How to Prepare:

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, combine whiskey, vermouth, and bitters. Shake well, around 20 seconds, then strain into cocktail glass. Add cherry or put in a twisted lemon peel and serve in a lowball glass or martini glass

Want to feel even classier this summer and drink like an old-school playboy?

Look no further than the drink choice of Don Draper. The man who caused women to swoon from the 1960s to the 2000s consumed a bourbon drink that is not only my go-to cocktail at fancy establishments, but also clocks in at 150 calories.

Carry on Don Draper’s spirit with this classy old fashioned drink.

The Old Fashioned – 150 calories


 – 2 ounces of bourbon (I use Angel’s Envy which has about 70 calories like Buffalo Trace)

 – 1/2 teaspoon of demerara sugar aka turbinado/brown sugar (has around 6 cals)

 – 2 dashes of bitters

 – 1 sliver of an orange peel

How to Prepare:

In an old-fashioned glass, mix the sugar and bitters until it becomes a paste, you may add a teaspoon of water to help it along.

 – Add the whiskey, fill glass with ice.

 – Stir for 20-25 seconds, a bit longer if you have large cubes.

 – Garnish with orange peel.

 – If you’d rather skip all the added sugar or extra stuff you can always have your drink on the rocks or neat.

When it comes down to it and I need to save a few calories, I skip all the added ingredients and drink my bourbon or whiskey straight.



 – 2 ounces of whiskey

 – Ice or a dash of water (optional)

 – 90 proof bourbons, Irish whiskeys, or Scotch clock in around 68-70 calories per serving. Meaning that with a 2-ounce pour, you’ve got 140 calories of deliciousness.

If You MUST Have a Beer, Have This One

If you are the beer-drinking kind of bro and just can’t do the finer things in life, number one Ron Swanson hates you and thinks less of you as a man, and number 2, there is but one beer option that is low in calories and doesn’t taste for four-day-old beach urinal piss: Guinness.

A 12-ounce serving of Guinness will set you back 126 calories. Sure it does not have the punch of alcohol like some micro brews, but it also won’t turn your six pack into a keg anytime soon.

Last Call

This summer, skip the daiquiris, the margaritas or the “ultra light” watered down beers and sip on these drinks poolside, in the club, or relaxing on the beach. You don’t have to skip a fun night out because you’re trying to stay lean for the summer.

By Fitmo Coach, Robbie Farlow

I am a gamer and for years, I gave up my pursuit of health and fitness. My body became like the unplayed games on my shelf, forgotten and unused. I had zero confidence, my stomach was beginning to ooze over the top of my pants, and I felt like a stranger was looking back at me in the mirror. Then I realized that I could accomplish these goals if I turned the process into a game and made it an adventure that played out like games that I spent hours pouring into. I’m now an online personal trainer and I see my role as your sidekick. A companion who assists and helps make your quest easier to complete.

Learn more about Robbie, and working with him via the Fitmo app here.

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