Have a sore throat but still want to satisfy your Starbucks cravings? I've been there. No worries, there are plenty of Starbucks drinks to soothe a sore throat and help you stay hydrated.  

Here, I'll provide you with everything you need to know about the best Starbucks drinks for when you're feeling unwell, and how to go about ordering them from home.  

1. The Medicine Ball  (AKA Honey Citrus Mint Tea)

Starbucks Honey Citrus Mint Tea
Starbucks Medicine Ball Standard Ingredients
  • One Bag Jade Citrus Mint Tea
  • One Bag Peach Tranquility Tea
  • Hot Water
  • Steamed Lemonade
  • Drizzle of Honey

The medicine ball tea is a my top choice to soothe a sore throat. It’s on the Starbucks secret menu, but it’s the perfect drink to help with fighting that sore throat. Sometimes it's called Honey Citrus Mint Tea.

This tea is a soothing and popular drink that's sure to perk you right up if you're feeling under the weather - and has even been found to have some anti microbial effects. 

Not to mention, it's delicious! It's kind of like a hot Arnold Palmer with the combination of tea and steamed lemonade. 

I was surprised at how good it was the first time I had it. After all, it does have the word "medicine" in its name!

I like to make the flavor even more intense, so I customize the medicine ball further by adding a pump of peppermint syrup. 

How To Order a Medicine Ball
  • Ask your barista for a half tea/half steamed lemonade drink with one bag of each Jade Citrus Mint and Peach Tranquility Tea. 
  • Add in a little honey to taste. 

2. Peach Tranquility 

Starbucks Peach Tranquility Tea with Raspberry Syrup
Peach Tranquility Tea Standard Ingredients
  • Hot Water
  • 1 sachet of peach Tranquility Tea (ask for 2 for a stronger tea)

When I'm looking for something for sore throats that’s not the typical mint or honey tea, this may be the best Starbucks drink choice. 

Containing zero calories, the Peach Tranquility herbal tea is a Starbucks tea that combines peach, candied pineapple, chamomile blossoms, lemon verbena, and rose hips. I find it delicious and calming. 

It's the perfect Starbucks drink with no caffeine, but it's also warm, soothing, and fruity, with delicate flavors from the rose hips. 

If you'd like, however, you're more than welcome to add your own sweeteners, flavors, and toppings to this hot tea drink.

My only complaint about Peach Tranquility tea is that Starbucks discontinued the production of sachets for at-home use in 2022. I used to keep a stash on hand for the first hint of a sore throat, but now it's only available at Starbucks locations.

3. Mint Majesty 

Starbucks Mint Majesty Tea
Mint Majesty Standard Ingredients
  • hot water
  • 2 tea bags of mint majesty Tea

Another of the best Starbucks drink choices for a sore throat that doesn’t contain any caffeine, the Mint Majesty is great if you're someone that likes that refreshing and soothing flavor of mint on your taste buds.[2]

I love mint tea because I find that it has a cooling effect on my sore throat. Last time I had the flu, it was all I could stomach to sip on the whole first day, and boy was I thankful. 

Even if you're not a huge fan of mint, however, you might also like the Mint Majesty since it's a blend of both mint and lemon verbena.  

Like all Starbucks drinks, you can also add flavors, toppings, and sweeteners to this cold buster drink. I sometimes add a drizzle of honey. 

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4. Chai Tea 

Starbucks Chai Tea
Chai Tea Standard Ingredients
  • Hot water
  • 2 tea bags of Teavana chai

Chai tea might not be the first thing that comes to mind when I'm thinking of a sore throat, but the bold, distinct flavors often help mask my pain.

And when ordered as-is, Starbucks Chai tea doesn't have any calories. This is much appreciated when I'm downing chicken noodle soup and Gatorade like there's no tomorrow.

As it's a black tea, it does contain some caffeine, while the warm clove, cardamom, and cinnamon within the Teavana tea bags are both soothing and warming. 

As there's also ginger within the hot tea, it'll also help with soothing the inflamed throat. This is often my go-to when I'm working but feeling a cold coming on.

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5. Jade Citrus Mint Brewed Tea 

Starbucks Jade Citrus Mint Tea
Jade Citrus Mint Tea Standard Ingredients
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I was recently told by my barista that Starbucks is discontinuing the Jade Citrus Mint tea on store shelves, but thank goodness it will still be available at Starbucks.  

The Jade Citrus Mint brewed tea isn't just refreshing; it's also soothing and has bright tones to it that are far from your normal tea.[3 

This particular citrus mint green tea comes with lemon verbena and lemongrass along with just a hint of spearmint mingle. 

As there's no sweetener in it, it also contains no calories, and there's added vitamin C with antibacterial properties from the citrus.

If you’d like to add a touch of sweetness to your drink, feel free to add honey or even classic syrup to this tea. My favorite way to enjoy this one is to have the barista add in a splash of lemonade!  

Tips For Ordering A Jade Citrus Mint Tea
  • If your local Starbucks has taken Jade Citrus Mint Tea off its menu, you can still order it by asking for a Honey Citrus Mint without lemonade, honey, or peach tea. 

6. Royal English Breakfast Tea Latte 

Starbucks Iced Royal English Breakfast Tea Latte
Royal English Breakfast Tea Latte Standard Ingredients
  • Hot Water
  • 2 Black Tea bags
  • 4 pumps liquid cane sugar
  • 2% steamed milk

A traditional black tea that's exceptionally popular, I know I can't go wrong with this particular drink. 

The English Breakfast tea is a rich, full-leaf tea from India and Sri Lanka and is sure to please even the most discerning of drinkers.

Rather than just having it as an ordinary black tea, however, this particular one comes with liquid cane sugar for a BIG touch of sweetness, along with steamed milk and a velvety foam.

In terms of calories, this Starbucks tea has 150 calories for a grande and is the perfect warm and comforting drink if you have a sore throat. Every time I have one, it makes me wish I were strolling the streets of London.

It's even one of the cheapest latte drinks on the Starbucks menu!

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7. Emperor's Clouds & Mist 

Starbucks Emperor's Clouds & Mist Tea
Emperor's Clouds & Mist Standard Ingredients
  • 2 bags of Emperor's Clouds & Mist
  • Optional: honey 

There’s nothing quite like a softly sweet green tea to soothe that sore throat. The Emperor’s Clouds & Mist is exactly that.

The first time I saw this one on the menu, I thought it sounded super fancy and elaborate, but it's actually a very straightforward drink.  

It’s a gently smoked green tea that’s been cultivated at 3,500 feet. A simple infusion of water and two bags of green tea, it contains no calories at all.  

If you'd like, however, you're more than welcome to add a touch of honey to this Starbucks tea for subtle sweetness.

I like adding both honey and a splash of lemonade to mine!

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8. Steamed Apple Juice 

Starbucks Steamed Apple Juice
Steamed Apple Juice Standard Ingredients
  • 100% apple juice

If you've been around Barista HQ for any time at all, you know that I think Steamed Apple Juice is one of Starbucks' best kept secrets.  

While controversial, the sweetness and the warmth from the apple juice are exactly what I need to embolden your day when I have a sore throat. It's also what I offer my kids when they are sick, because all kids seem to love apple juice.

Filled with all of that apple goodness and vitamin C to help boost my immune system against the common cold, this steamed apple juice contains 220 calories in a Grande.  

I've known people to add peach or strawberry syrups to this one, but I feel like apple juice is just good as-is! 

Not sure about the sweetness? No worries, simply ask the barista to provide you with half a cup of hot water to help mellow out the sweetness. 

9. Pink Drink Starbucks Refresher 

Starbucks Iced Medicine Ball Tea
Pink Drink Starbucks Refresher Standard Ingredients
  • Starbucks Strawberry Acai Refresher
  • Coconut milk
  • 1 scoop strawberries
  • ice

While most of my top choices for sore throats are tea based drinks, I cannot discount how incredibly soothing coconut milk is on a sore throat.

Number 9 on my list is the popular Pink Drink from Starbucks. This fruity drink has a gentle cooling effect that can really calm throat irritation.

It's also literally ice cold, so if you like to alternate hot and cold therapies like I do, get a Pink Drink alongside your tea!

Coconut milk is known for helping fight both viral and bacterial infections, so your immune system will appreciate this one, too! 

How To Order Starbucks From Home If You're Sick

If you’re looking to order a Starbucks drink for a sore throat, you can most definitely order it from home where you feel comfortable.

There are basically three ways to do this:

  1. Order from the Starbucks App and go pick up your drink at the closest location
  2. Order through a food service like DoorDash to have it brought right to your door. (Don't forget to leave a tip!)
  3. Politely ask a friend to pick up your order. (I find it motivates my friends more when I buy them a drink, too!)
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Starbucks Drinks For Sore Throat FAQs 

What order should I get at Starbucks when sick? 

I recommend something from Starbucks that's hot with honey or lemon, as these are the best cold buster drinks for when you're sick.

What is a Medicine Ball at Starbucks? 

A Medicine Ball is Jade Citrus Mint green tea with one bag of Peach Tranquility tea, hot water, steamed lemonade, and a hint of honey. The medicine ball is sweet and tart because of the steamed lemonade, and it's great for a sore throat from the first sip.


Try These For Sore Throat Relief!

Everyone knows for a sore throat you need (mostly) warm liquids, but that doesn't mean you need to stick with a boring drink.

As you can see, there are plenty of other hot drinks I order and customize in accordance with my needs when I'm under the weather. If you're unsure of where to start, let me recommend the Medicine Ball next time you visit Starbucks. 

I hope you feel better soon!


References:

1. https://www.healthline.com/health/honey-for-sore-throat

2. https://www.starbucks.com/menu/product/873068754/hot

3. https://www.starbucks.com/menu/product/2122574/hot

Karmy Widjaja

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Karmy Widjaja
Karmy Widjaja, holding a degree in Hospitality Administration, combines her academic background with a profound passion for the world of coffee. Her work is enriched with a wealth of insights, not only about the art of coffee making but also about the broader aspects of the coffee industry. Her quest for coffee perfection is a central theme in her engaging articles, as she continues to explore the vibrant coffee scene in Perth. And when it's time for a coffee break? Karmy's all about a laid-back flat white with almond milk – it's her go-to for a tasty coffee kick.

My favorite drink? I'd go with... flat white with almond milk.

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