9 Starbucks Drinks To Help Your Sore Throat Feel Better

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

Here, we'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. Honey Citrus Mint Tea 

There’s nothing more soothing for your throat than honey.[1] One of the best Starbucks drink choices for sore throats is the honey citrus mint tea.

It’s made with Jade Citrus Mint green tea, Peach Tranquility herbal tea, hot water, steamed lemonade, and a little honey.

It's about 130 calories for a grande jade citrus mint tea, and you're more than welcome to add additional honey if you'd like. 

If you'd like to customize it, you can also add some flavors or toppings to your drink.  

Starbucks Honey Citrus Mint Tea

2. Peach Tranquillity 

If you’re looking for something for sore throats that’s not your 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.

Peach Tranquillity Tea

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.

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3. Mint Majesty 

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]

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.  

This hot tea also doesn't contain any calories and is the perfect soothing option if you've got a sore throat. 

If you'd like, you can also add flavors, toppings, and sweeteners to this cold buster drink.  

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4. Chai Tea 

Chai tea might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you’re thinking of a sore throat, but it certainly is one that you should consider.

This particular Chai tea from Starbucks doesn't contain any calories and comes with bold, distinct flavors.

Starbucks Chai Tea

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.

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5. Jade Citrus Mint Brewed Tea 

Not all drinks for a sore throat need to be boring, and this one certainly isn’t.

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 

Starbucks Jade Citrus Mint Brewed Tea

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.  

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6. Royal English Breakfast Tea Latte 

A traditional black tea that's exceptionally popular, you 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.

Royal English Breakfast Tea Latte

Rather than just having it as an ordinary black tea, however, this particular one comes with liquid cane sugar for a 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.

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

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7. Emperor's Clouds & Mist 

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

It’s a gently smoked green tea that’s been cultivated at 3,500 feet. A simple infusion of water and one bag 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.

In some instances, individuals like adding honey and lemon juice to elevate this particular drink and take it to the next level.  

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8. Steamed Apple Juice 

This particular interesting drink is perfect for soothing a sore throat.

While controversial, the sweetness and the warmth from the apple juice are exactly what you need to embolden your day.

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

If you'd like, you can also customize this with additional juice blends such as sweet peach juice blends and more.

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. 

Steamed Apple Juice

9. The Medicine Ball  

Last but not least, the medicine ball tea is a great drink 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. 

If you'd like, you're also more than welcome to add a pump of peppermint syrup.  

The medicine ball 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.

You're also able to customize it however you'd like to make it the best Starbucks drink to suit your personal preferences.

Ask Your Barista For: One bag of Jade Citrus Mint tea along with one bag of Peach Tranquility tea. Then, ask for half hot water and half steamed lemonade finished with a touch of honey.
The Medicine Ball Drink at Starbucks

Starbucks With A Sore Throat (How To Order From Home)

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.

To do so, you’ll need to go ahead and download the latest Starbucks app for either the iPhone or the Android.

Then, go ahead and tap the “Order” icon at the bottom of the screen.  

From there, you can also go ahead and customize your drinks.

While this is dependent on the drink that you're ordering, you can add toppings, sweeteners, splashes of milk if you'd like, and more. 

If you'd like, you're also more than welcome to add flavors to make it the best drink for you.

Some flavors that you can add include brown sugar syrup along with caramel, cinnamon dolce, hazelnut, peppermint, raspberry, toffee nut, vanilla, and sugar-free vanilla syrup.  

Once that's done, select the store you'd like to pick it up from, and Starbucks will estimate the waiting time for you (most people aren't far from their nearest store).

Then, just head to the Starbucks store, pick up your order, and hopefully it will start to soothe your sore throat.

Starbucks Online Order

Starbucks Drinks For Sore Throat FAQs 

What order should I get at Starbucks when sick? 

We 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.

Conclusion - Try These For Sore Throat Relief!

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

As seen from the above, there are plenty of other hot drinks that you can order and customize in accordance with your needs.  

Hopefully this guide has introduced the best Starbucks drinks to help you manage the cold next time, and have you feeling better fast.


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

Karmy Widjaja

Karmy grew up in Singapore before heading to wintry Boston to pursue a Hospitality Administration degree. It was there that she developed an interest in coffee - especially hot lattes which helped get her through the winter. In her later years, Karmy moved to Melbourne, fully immersing herself in the world of coffee, beans, and the roasting process. Now, Karmy resides in Perth where she's always on the hunt for the next best coffee.

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