9 Best Starbuck Drinks When You’re Sick (Soothing And Tasty)

Feeling unwell and can't get your coffee fix? No worries, there are still plenty of other options that you can get from this popular coffee chain.

Here, we've got all the best options that you can get to beat that cold, along with some tips on how to order them at home.

1. Honey Citrus Mint Tea (Medicine Ball)

You can't go wrong with the Starbucks Medicine Ball drink.

Not only is it an excellent cold buster as it comes with soothing ingredients that are not only great for your immune system and the common cold, but it's also absolutely delicious.

This warming infusion is made with two teas - Peach Tranquility Herbal Tea, Jade Citrus Mint Green, steamed lemonade, and a little bit of honey.

It comes with a light sweetness and is exceptionally soothing.

It's important to note, though, that the medicine ball is particularly high on sugar with 33 grams in a grande order.[1]

Starbucks Medicine Ball Drink

2. Mint Majesty

If you're looking for something caffeine-free, you can't go wrong with the Mint Majesty. It's a caffeine-free herbal hot tea that's a blend of mint and lemon verbena.

It's refreshing, and since it has zero calories, you can order a venti cup with no issues at all.

Starbucks Mint Majesty Drink

The Mint Majesty is great if you're someone that usually enjoys mint coffee but aren't too keen on caffeine at this time.

You can also customize it however you'd like and add a variety of syrups - including peppermint syrup for an extra minty kick.

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3. Chai Tea

Who doesn't love a good cup of Chai? Especially soothing for a scratchy throat, it can help to both calm and soothe your body.

Starbucks Chai Tea

Chai tea is a black tea infused with cardamom, cinnamon, warm clove, and ginger notes. It's relatively bold in flavor and would do well with a touch of honey to add some sweetness. 

The Chai tea comes with no calories, and you're welcome to customize it according to your preference - including choosing whether you'd like one bag of tea or two!

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4. Peach Tranquility Tea

If you prefer something fruity, then the Peach Tranquility Tea is for you.

Not only is this blend caffeine-free, but it's also made with chamomile blossoms, lemon verbena, rose hips, candied pineapple, and peach.

Starbucks Peach Tranquility Tea

Like the other Starbucks Peach options, you can choose to go with one bag or two.

Since it's unsweetened and has zero calories, feel free to add honey to this particular beverage as well. 

It's a warm and soothing drink that will prevent you from feeling under the weather.

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5. Jade Citrus Mint Brewed Tea

Another fantastic tea, the Jade Citrus Mint Tea, is excellent for individuals that love the taste of Starbucks peppermint drinks.

Jade Citrus Mint Brewed Tea From Starbucks Brewed Tea

It's made with a blend of green tea, lemongrass, spearmint, and lemon verbena. Add a touch of honey if you wish, or a pump of peppermint for an extra minty taste.

This particular beverage is refreshing, citrusy, and doesn't contain any calories. It's the type of beverage you should drink when you're feeling under the weather.

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6. Starbucks Royal English Breakfast Tea

Not quite feeling something minty or fruity? Why not opt for black teas instead?

This particular beverage is a time-honored classic made with high-grown full leaves. It's robust in flavor and is the perfect beverage to customize to your preference.

Starbucks Royal English Breakfast Tea

Containing zero calories, feel free to add a pump of your favorite syrup or have it with milk and cream.

The Royal English Breakfast tea is sure to keep you feeling warm and toasty when you're not feeling well.[2]

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7. Steamed Apple Juice

How could you go wrong drinking steamed apple juice?

It comes with a plethora of health benefits, from helping with heart health to relieving asthma symptoms, and it's also excellent if you're nursing a cold.[3]

What's great about this particular steamed apple juice is the fact that it's also made with 100% fresh apple juice and not from concentrate.

It's exactly what you need not just to soothe but also embolden your day.

Starbucks Steamed Apple Juice

8. Passion Coldbuster Tea

On the Starbucks secret menu, this is perfect if you've got a cold.

It's quite similar to the Coldbuster version and comes with everything from both Passion Tango and Emperor's Cloud and Mist teas to honey and half steamed lemonade.

Then, just add hot water, and you're good to go.

This Starbucks secret menu item is a simple concoction that your barista can definitely make in no time at all.

It's the best way to make you feel better as it has both antioxidants and anti-microbial effects and can relieve stress and insomnia.

Ask Barista For: One bag of Passion Tango and one bag of Emperor's Clouds & Mist tea. Then, ask for half hot water and half steamed lemonade. Finish it with a touch of honey.
Starbucks Passion Coldbuster Tea

9. Emperor’s Clouds And Mist

A classic, this is pretty much a hug in tea form. Made with green tea that has been smoked, it has a subtly sweet taste and comes with zero calories.

While it doesn't have any additions other than hot water, feel free to add whatever you'd like, from a pump of peppermint to lemonade and more.

Starbucks Emperor’s Clouds and Mist

If you'd like to shake it up a little, you can also ask your barista for recommendations to go with the Emperor's Clouds and Mist.

There's always a chance that they may have a secret recipe up their sleeve that might be the best Starbucks cold remedy ever.

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Too Sick To Go Out? How To Order Starbucks At-Home

Have the common cold and don’t feel like going out?

No worries, you can easily order something hot from the comfort of your home with ease. All you’ve got to do is:

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    Download from the store app [4], which you can do either from the App Store for your iPhone or on Google Play for your Android.
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    Then, go ahead and set up your account with your contact details.
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    Once that's done, open your app to enable location services before pressing the "Order" icon on the screen.
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    Feel free to order what you'd like from the app and add it to your shopping bag. Then, select the store you'd like to pick it up from, check out your shopping bag, and you'll see an estimated time that it's ready.
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    Once it's ready, head to the store, pick up your order, and you're all good to go.
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Common Healthy Starbucks Drink Questions

What drink at Starbucks is good for nausea?

You can consider ordering the Iced Golden Ginger Drink along with the Medicine Ball Drink. These are all good for nausea!

What drink from Starbucks helps a sore throat?

You should try the Starbucks Medicine Ball or Steamed Apple Juice, which are both good for a sore throat.

You can also opt for Steamed Lemonade, ask for something from the secret menu, or check out a recipe that's been posted online.

How much is Starbucks Medicine Ball?

For a 12-ounce size, you're looking at about $3.50 for the Medicine Ball. It's extremely worth it as this hot drink is exactly what you need to calm your senses during the flu season.

Can pregnant women drink Medicine Ball from Starbucks when sick?

It's not recommended to have the Medicine Ball when pregnant as it's made with certain teas that have ingredients such as lemongrass that wouldn't be suitable for your child.

In addition, it also comes with 7.5 teaspoons of sugar in a single serving.[5]


Even when feeling under the weather, there are still plenty of options for you to choose from at your local Starbucks. 

If none of them suit your needs, feel free to ask about other items on the secret menu or even consider making your own recipe!


1. https://popularask.net/does-starbucks-medicine-ball-have-a-lot-of-sugar/

2. https://www.starbucks.com/menu/product/446/hot
3. https://www.wellandgood.com/is-apple-juice-good-for-you/
4. https://www.starbucks.com/rewards/mobile-apps/

5. https://healthyeating.sfgate.com/lemongrass-pregnancy-12417.html

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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