Starbucks may be synonymous with ‘coffee’, but it’s also well-known for its miracle drink: the Medicine Ball.  

The Medicine Ball Starbucks drink, aka Honey Citrus Mint Tea, is jam-packed with health-boosting ingredients.[1]

Not only is it known to help with colds and general malaise, it’s also minty, citrusy, and delicious! 

Whenever I feel the first signs of a cold coming on, I head over to Sbux for my Medicine Ball.  

Let’s get into how to order one, as well as how to recreate the original recipe right here! 

A traditional Starbucks Medicine Ball drink is made with ingredients that are known for boosting the immune system and improving overall health, which is why people order them when they feel under the weather. 

That gives you a general idea of what you can expect from sipping on one, but what’s actually in a Medicine Ball at Starbucks? 

There are 5 Starbucks Medicine Ball ingredients in the baseline recipe, but as is the case with all Starbucks drinks, it can be customized to certain preferences and dietary restrictions.[2]

Here’s the Medicine Ball recipe with no add-ons or alterations:

Key Takeaways

  • Medicine Ball is great for soothing/preventing cold symptoms
  • The Medicine Ball is a secret menu item 
  • It’s easy to make at home
  • 1
    Teavana Jade Citrus Mint Green Tea 
  • 2
    Teavana Peach Tranquillity Herbal Tea  
  • 3
    Steamed Lemonade  
  • 4
    Hot Water 
  • 5
    Honey 

Starbucks baristas start by filling the cup halfway with steamed lemonade and the rest of the way with hot water. 

Then, a Teavana Jade Citrus Mint Green Tea bag is added as well as a bag of Teavana’s popular Peach Tranquility Herbal Tea.

The drink is completed by adding 2 pumps of honey (or more depending on the size ordered), and some like an optional pump of peppermint syrup.

medicine ball starbucks ingredients

How To Order A Medicine Ball At Starbucks

How to Order Medicine Ball In The Store

The Medicine Ball is the most popular hot tea offered at Starbucks, so if you're ordering in the store or drive-thru line, just ask for a Medicine Ball Tea, and the barista will know exactly what to do. 

If by some chance he/she isn’t familiar with it, list out the ingredients or ask for the drink by its new official name: the Honey Citrus Mint Tea.

How to Order Medicine Ball on Starbucks App

Things are a bit different if you're ordering on the Starbucks app.

Since this is a custom Starbucks version of a drink and not listed as "Medicine Ball" on the original Starbucks menu.

In the past, I had to customize my order if I was using the app to include all of the ingredients the drink calls for. 

Luckily, Starbucks recently decided to make ordering one a bit easier, even from the app.

It’s now officially listed on the app under the 'Hot Tea' category as the Honey Citrus Mint Tea.  

Once you've selected that, just choose any add-ons or omissions before placing the mobile order at your local Starbucks store. 

person holding a Starbucks medicine ball drink

Make Your Own Medicine Ball At Home (DIY Copycat Recipe)

Like most handcrafted drinks at Starbucks, the Medicine Ball isn’t considered a necessarily ‘cheap' beverage. 

The smallest size costs about $4 with tax, so drinking one every day will add up to about $1500+ per year.

That’s a pretty steep budget for tea if you ask me! 

The good news is that there’s a budget-friendly alternative, and that’s to make yours in your own home.

The copycat Starbucks Medicine Ball recipe is actually very simple: Teavana tea bags in Jade Citrus Mint Tea and Peach Tranquility Herbal Tea, lemonade, honey, and water. 

For a single serving, here’s what you’ll need:  

  • 1 Jade Citrus Mint Green Tea Bag 
  • 1 Peach Tranquility Tea Bag 
  • 8 Ounces Lemonade 
  • 8 Ounces Water 
  • 1 Tablespoon Honey (or more depending on preference) 
  • 1 Teaspoon Peppermint Syrup/Oil (optional) 

Feel free to use similar tea flavors in the Medicine Ball recipe that aren’t from the Teavana brand, but to bring the Medicine Ball as close to the real thing as possible, it’s best to use Teavana’s signature flavors. 

Most of the ingredients can be found at major grocery store chains, but Teavana bags can also be found through Amazon. 

Here’s a step-by-step guide on what to do to make a copycat Starbucks Medicine Ball at home:  

  • 1
    Add the lemonade to a microwavable mug. Heat for 45 seconds until very warm. This will have the same effect as steaming.
  • 2
    Add hot water (slightly cooler than boiling water, or 190 degrees) to the mug with lemonade.
  • 3
    Add 1 tablespoon of honey, stirring to dissolve.  
  • 4
    Add both tea bags and allow to steep for 2-4 minutes, or to desired strength.   
  • 5
    If using peppermint syrup, add 1 teaspoon to the mug and stir. 
  • 6
    Allow the homemade Medicine Ball to cool slightly, sip, and let your taste buds sing! 
Starbucks medicine ball ingredients sitting on a kitchen counter

What Is The Starbucks Medicine Ball Good For?

It’s no secret that ingredients like lemon (or lemon verbena), honey, and green tea come with some health benefits, especially when you’re feeling under the weather.

Lemon, for example, is extremely high in vitamin C, making it great for heart health, weight loss, digestion, and even cancer prevention. 

Then there's green tea, which is packed with antioxidants that are responsible for promoting fat loss, improving brain function, and lowering the risk of heart disease.[3]

Honey is another powerful ingredient; it has antifungal and antibacterial properties that are ideal for soothing sore throats and helping with cold/cough symptoms.  

Not only are the ingredients beneficial to health, but so is the physical act of drinking hot tea.

In particular, sipping on a hot beverage, herbal tea has been proven to improve digestion, lower blood pressure, and reduce anxiety and stress.  

All in all, it’s clear that the Honey Citrus Mint Tea deserves the name Medicine Ball 


Starbucks Medicine Ball Drink Nutritional Facts (Is It Healthy Or Not?)

Still curious about the nutritional value of the Medicine Ball tea?

According to Starbucks nutrition facts, the 16-ounce Grande size has 130 calories, 30 grams of sugar, and 0 grams of fat.[4]

Calorie-wise, 130 isn’t much, especially when many items on the Starbucks regular menu and Starbucks secret menu contain 300+ calories.

Zero grams of fat is also great, but 30 grams of sugar is a bit concerning. This drink definitely can’t be considered a low-sugar option, and that’s mainly because of the lemonade and honey.  

If you want to cut back on some of this sugar, the best way to do that is to make your Medicine Balls at home. 

You can use sugar-free lemonade or just squeeze fresh lemon juice into the water instead. You can also omit the honey if need be, but keep in mind that this will change the overall flavor.

But does the Starbucks Medicine Ball help to cure a cold? Well, the truth is that there are a lot of natural ingredients out there which can supposedly fight a cold or flu.

Chamomile flowers and chamomile pollen, licorice root, rose hips, and other herbs have all been linked to your immune system but none of them feature in this drink.

However, the Medicine Ball does contain a lot of good ingredients like lemon, honey, peach tranquility, and mint which can help you feel better, and the warm liquid will do you wonders.

Next time you're feeling under the weather it wouldn't be a bad idea to make yourself a Medicine Ball cold buster.

person holding a Starbucks cup with medicine ball tea bags

Related Starbucks Medicine Ball Questions 

Can you get an iced Medicine Ball from Starbucks? 

Technically, you can order an iced Medicine Ball from Starbucks, but the healing properties in this drink are best served up hot.

Can I have a Medicine Ball from Starbucks while pregnant? 

It depends on who you ask about pregnancy and a Medicine Ball from Starbucks. Many health professionals say that drinking the occasional Medicine Ball during pregnancy is perfectly fine, but others will tell you that herbal teas of all kinds should be avoided. 

What's a good alternative drink from Starbucks when you're sick? 

A good alternative from Starbucks when you're sick is hot teas and green teas. They are a great drink during the cold and flu season for alleviating a cold, cough, or flu, and according to a 2020 MSNBC post“the Medicine Ball does provide a few of the recommendations that can help a cold, especially if you have a mild sore throat. That includes fluid, some vitamin C and a bit of honey.”[5]

How much does Starbucks Medicine Ball cost?

A Starbucks Medicine Ball costs upward from $3.15, though prices may vary per location. 


Try This Delicious Combination Today!

Even if it's not a cure-all, there’s no denying that the Starbucks Medicine Ball is one of the healthiest tea-based drinks out there. 

Ingredients like lemon juice, green tea, and honey have tons of benefits, and the Teavana tea flavors of Jade Citrus Mint Tea and Peach Tea make this drink truly unique.  

If ordering from a local Starbucks isn’t possible, making a Medicine Ball from home is super easy!

References:

1. https://health.clevelandclinic.org/eat-these-foods-to-boost-your-immune-system/

2. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/most-common-dietary-restrictions

3. https://medlineplus.gov/howtopreventheartdisease.html

4. https://www.starbucks.com/menu/product/2122274/hot

5. https://www.msnbc.com/know-your-value/can-starbucks-medicine-ball-drink-cure-cold-n1112381

Caitlin Shaffer

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Caitlin Shaffer
Caitlin Shaffer, is a knowledgeable coffee expert and passionate writer. Her articles are a mix of personal experiences, insights gained from her travels, and interviews, offering an extensive view of the global coffee scene. Caitlin enjoys embarking on new travel adventures, often to destinations celebrated for their unique coffee offerings, from Indonesia to Italy and Colombia, adding a worldly flavor to her articles. Her go-to coffee? Cold brew with homemade vanilla syrup – a personal favorite that keeps her love for coffee fresh and exciting.

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