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.
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.
If you’re a 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 Recipe
- 12 ounces lemonade
- 1 (12 ounce) can Coca-Cola
- Lemon wedges for garnish
- 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.