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The Best and Worst Summer Drinks for Your Belly

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It’s quickly creeping up to that wonderful time of year again…summer! That means BBQs, bikinis, beach, and umbrella drinks. As fun and seasonal as they are, umbrella cocktails will quickly turn your rock-solid, hard-earned beach body into a fatty, unflattering mess.

Below is a list of the most fattening summertime cocktails available. If you’re a huge fan of summertime drinking (who isn’t!? You might also want to look at something like these fake id sites should you want to purchase your summer alcohol), however, avoid the following cocktails and stick to healthier alternatives. You’ll keep your waistline slim and trim, and save yourself the hassle of buying a bigger bikini come August.


The Worst Summertime Cocktails

  1. Long Island Iced Tea (12 oz) – 780 calories, 44g carbs. Is this a drink or a meal? You could eat a big mac and small fries from McDonald’s for fewer calories. Swap out the Coke for Diet Coke and skip the lemon juice, you’ll save over 200 calories and a lot of sugar.
  2. Margarita (12 oz) – 740 calories, 56g carbs. Swap it out for a corona with lime. You’ll save about 600 calories.
  3. 107Pina Colada (6 oz) – 644 calories, 90g carbs. Not only loaded with calories, but it’s PACKED with sugar and fat.
  4. White Russian (5 oz) – 425 calories, 26g carbs. Any cocktail that’s made with cream is always going to be high in calories, fat, and sugar. This is nothing more than a drinkable dessert.
  5. Mai Tai (4.5 oz) – 350 calories, 35g carbs. This tropical mix looks really pretty in a glass…not once it’s in your belly.
  6. Gin/Vodka and Tonic – 200 calories, 14g carbs. Not awful in an absolute alcoholic world, but swap the tonic out for seltzer or diet soda and you’ll save over 100 calories.
  7. Banana/Strawberry Daiquiri (10 oz) – 614 calories. See Pina Colada.
  8. Chocolate Martini (6 oz) – 438 calories.
  9. Samuel Adams Triple Bock – 340 calories. Highest calorie beer available.
  10. Sierra Nevada Bigfoot – 330 calories. For a beer.
  11. Rum and Coke (10 oz) – 356 calories. Switch out the Coke for Diet Coke and save over 120 calories.
  12. Jager Bomb – 200 calories. Jager bombs are a lot of fun, but use carb-free Red Bull. You’ll save 100 calories and a lot of sugar.
  13. Mudslide – 417 calories. Sugary, fatty mess.


Top Notch, Lean Summertime Cocktails


  1. Rum and Diet Coke (6 oz.) – 133 calories.
  2. Guinness Draught – 120 calories. My favorite! Thick, creamy, delicious, and filling for only 120 calories. Extremely low in calories for a full-bodied, non-light beer.
  3. Vodka Soda with Lime – 65 calories. If you like vodka, seltzer adds calorie-free flavor and effervescence. Bloodymary
  4. Glass of Red/White Wine – ~100 calories. Red wine is a great option because it has high antioxidant content and improves blood cholesterol.
  5. Bloody Mary (5 oz) – 120 calories. Tomato juice & celery add antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals; Tabasco and horseradish boost metabolism.
  6. White Wine Spritzer – ~ 100 calories. Adds bubbles to white wine.
  7. Vodka and Diet Cranberry – 100 calories. Cranberry juice is jam-packed with antioxidants and flavonoids.
  8. Amstel Light – 95 calories, 5g carbs. Low carb for a beer.
  9. Corona Light w. Lime – 105 calories, 5g carbs. Great summer beer. This is a better alternative to Bud Light Lime, which has 116 calories and 8g carbs. Corona Light and lime is also the real deal…skip the copycats (ahem, Bud Light Lime & Miller Chill).
  10. Heineken Light – 99 calories, 6.8g carbs.
  11. Miller Light – 96 calories, 3.2 g carbs. One of the lowest calorie/carb beers.
  12. Yuengling Light – 98 calories, 6.6g carbs.


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Bryan DiSanto

Founder & Editor-in-Chief at Lean It UP
ELLO ELLO I'm Bryan DiSanto. I'm the Founder & Editor-in-Chief of Lean It UP, a CPT/CSN/Fitness Coach, Chef trained at Le Cordon Bleu – Paris, NYU graduate, ex-fat kid, and all-around fitness junkie.

I also contribute to Men's Health Magazine.

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