Lifestyle Recipes

Homemade Starbucks Medicine Ball

No joke my friends, one of the few times I will voluntarily drink a hot drink is when I’m sick. Insert Starbucks Medicine Ball drink. This drink started out as a “secret menu” item – but rose so wildly in popularity, they added it to their menu full time a couple of years ago. It is a hot drink combination of citrus notes and soothing ingredients that work wonders on a sore or scratchy throat. Even if you’re not sick – they are pretty dang good!

After battling what seemed to be my first cold of the season this past weekend, I was determined to make this at home – mostly because I didn’t want to go to Starbucks 3x in one day.

Starbucks traditionally makes their “Medicine Ball” – sometimes known as a “Cold Buster” – using: 1 Teavana Jade Citrus Mint Tea Bag, 1 Teavana Peach Tranquility Tea bag, hot water, steamed lemonade, several packs of honey and an optional pump of peppermint. Delicious and my throat already feels better reading that. This drink costs less than $5 for a grande size at Starbucks, like, seriously not bad. Starbs – good on you!

But y’all, as anything goes when you’re eating out and getting a drink out, it adds up quickly! Making this drink at home costs right around $10 and you get so many more cups out of it when you have all the ingredients at home!

I already had my favorite Tazo green tea w/ lemongrass & spearmint (close enough to citrus/mint tea), the honey, peppermint oil and duh water. All I needed was peach tea, and some lemonade. Easy peezy and guys its so dang good.


3/4 cup filtered water
3/4 cup lemonade (pulp free and unsweetened is best)
1 lemongrass & spearmint tea bag (or citrusy/mint tea of your choice)
1 peach tea bag
a few tsps of honey
optional peppermint oil

Making your “Medicine Ball”

Start by measuring out 3/4 of water and 3/4 cup of lemonade and heat it over the stovetop for 2-3 mins, you can also use the microwave for convenience. After that is warmed through, carefully pour it into your cup of choice, add in one of each of your tea bags, add your honey, and optional peppermint. You only need to steep your tea bags for about 3-5 mins. NOTE: if using peppermint essential oils, a drop is all you need – a little goes a very long way!