Summer Sunrises and Vodka Sunsets

The Thirst

Sometimes, nothing seems more pleasant than throwing your legs up and enjoying a cocktail or an ice-cold Summer Shandy on a hot summer day. Whether you’re grilling out, tanning by the poolside, or enjoying a book in the shade, a nice adult beverage can do wonders to help relax. Fitnatics struggle with this because their diets forbid excessive calories (or rather empty calories) and most drinks have too many carbs. Well, I’ve compiled 5 summertime recipes that try to get around that!

1. Mint Madness

Take 5-6 mint leaves, 1 tbsp of honey or agave nectar, 1 shot of Kentucky Bourbon, and 2 shots of either seltzer water or Diet Sierra Mist. Here, you’ll only have calories coming from the sugar in the honey, and the Kentucky Bourbon. Certainly a lighter drink than a regular Mint Julep!

2. The Wolf of Wall Street

Rightly named for this twist on the lemon drop (get it?). Mix 1 shot of vodka, 1 shot of fresh squeezed lemon juice, and a few drops of honey in a shaker with ice. Add a splash more of lemon juice, and you have a drink to sip on, instead of a shot to throw back! The citric acid in the lemon helps your metabolism pick up, and the honey has antioxidants in it!

drink beach photo3. Vodka Sunset

Grind a 1/4 cup of blackberries into the bottom of your glass, add some ice and 1 shot (or thereabout) of fresh-squeezed lemon juice, 1 shot of fresh lime juice, 1 shot of vodka, and a light splash of some sparkling wine. I prefer this one to a tequila sunrise, but that may be because I am certainly not a morning person! Be certain to squeeze your own lemons and lime, that way you don’t have the added (artificial) sugars from store-bought juice!

4. Pina Colada

What list of summer drinks would be complete without Pina Coladas? First, pour out 1 1/2 – 2 shots of coconut-flavored rum. Mix it with 3 shots of pineapple juice, 4 shots of sparkling water, 2 tbsp of honey or light agave nectar, and a few flakes of coconut! When you want to change it up, through it all in a blender with some ice and a banana.

5. Hallowed Hibiscus

If I had to choose, the healthiest and certainly the best tasting adult beverage recipes center around tea. There aren’t any calories in Tea, it’s cheap, and all teas (even herbal teas) carry a wealth of antioxidants. Take a break from your Arnold Palmers and your black teas, and venture out into the world of real tea cocktails.

First up, a recipe for a few guests: 4-5 bags of Hibiscus (herbal tea), 4-5 tbsp of honey, 1 cup of lime juice, and 1 cup of rum. Steep the tea in a pitcher of hot water for 2-3 minutes. Take the tea out, add the other ingredients, and fill whatever space is left in the pitcher with ice.

If you are more inclined to using actual tea leaves, try this wild berry cosmo! Boil 1 cup of water, and steep 3 Blueberry Acai tea bags (or another variation of blueberry tea) for about 3 minutes. Put the fresh tea in a blender, add 1 tbsp of honey, 2 shots of vodka, 1 shot of fresh-squeezed lime juice, a handful of strawberries, a splash of cranberry juice, and a handful of ice! I guarantee this will be your favorite drink all summer!


Don’t Forget

Hangovers are the price you pay for drinking. To avoid them, be certain you are drinking plenty of water before and after consuming alcohol, as well as a sufficient amount of B vitamins! I’ve found that B vitamins amply avoid any sign of a hangover.

On another note, metabolizing alcohol is both good and bad for you. There are studies that suggest it helps prevent prostate cancer – among others – and some imply that alcohol increases your risk for other cancers. I am no doctor, so it would be best to consult your physician before consuming alcohol. If you want more information, feel free to check out or website for the article I previously wrote on alcohol’s place in fitness.

Please Drink Responsibly.

and cheers!


About Nick

Nick Levato has been involved with the fitness community for over 8 years. Not only is he a Certified Personal Trainer but, has also been trained in martial arts. Nick has overseen the training of many individuals spanning all ages and fitness goals; and experimented most diets; for competitions, cutting, vegetarian, and general diets to coincide with weight training at the time. In addition to training on an individual level, Nick has also taught many group classes. He takes pride in pushing himself to his limits in the gym and in his everyday life.

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