A refreshing Bavarian drink that reminds me of an Arnold Palmer – but better! Try this Lemon Spezi recipe or the more traditional orange soda version.

I was recently perusing Bavarian Cooking by Olli Leeb and came across a Lemon Spezi drink.

With my strong Bavarian heritage, I felt compelled to give it a try.

Plus, it sounded infinitely more palatable than the “Suckling Pig” on page 70 of Olli’s book.

Lemon Spezi in a clear glass with a coke and lemon in the background.

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A Lemon Spezi is just Coca-Cola and lemonade mixed in equal portions over ice, but it’s better than it sounds. I was genuinely surprised by how good it tastes. (How could any drink with that much sugar be bad though, right?)

It tastes a lot like an Arnold Palmer (iced tea with lemonade) with the addition of carbonation.

Coke being poured into a clear glass with ice and lemonade.

If you’re feeling traditional, the original version of Spezi is made with orange soda (specifically orange Fanta). While you’re at it, you can pick up all your Spezi branded merchandise on their website. I’d love the flip-flops – anyone want to go in on shipping with me??

So there you have it: An official German drink that is NOT beer. Prost!

Lemon Spezi in a clear glass with coke and a lemon in the background.

Lemon Spezi

A refreshing Bavarian drink that reminds me of an Arnold Palmer - but better! Try this Lemon Spezi recipe or the more traditional orange soda version.
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 1 min
Total Time 1 min
Servings 2 servings
Course Drinks
Cuisine German
Calories 86

Ingredients 

  • Ice
  • 12 ounces lemonade
  • 1 (12 ounce) can Coca-Cola
  • Lemon wedges for garnish

Instructions 

  • Fill 2 glasses with ice. Pour 6 ounces lemonade into each glass. Divide the Coca-Cola evenly among both glasses and garnish with lemon wedges.

Notes

Barely adapted from Bavarian Cooking by Olli Leeb.

Nutrition

Calories: 86kcalCarbohydrates: 22gSodium: 11mgPotassium: 1mgSugar: 20gCalcium: 1mg
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  1. I first tried spezi as a little boy visiting my moms home town of Munich and almost 50 years later, though I drink little soda, I still make myself one from time to time. I still love it to this day and it brings back great memories.5 stars

  2. I first tried a spezi as a little boy visiting my moms home town of Munich and almost 50 years later, though I drink little soda, I still make myself one every now and then. I love it and it brings back some great memories5 stars

    1. Hi Dave, this is so amazing! I love it. I love that people actually drink it there (I heard from my relatives in Neufarhn that they do, but you never know when family is just trying to be nice). Thank you so much for the great story. -Meggan