Starbucks Medicine Ball Tea

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This copycat Starbucks Medicine Ball Tea recipe is simple to make with just a few ingredients. A delicious, soothing hot tea drink that is sure to warm you up.

Mug of hot tea.


No need to leave the house, it’s easy to make this copycat Starbucks Medicine Ball tea in the comfort of your own home. This hot tea drink used to not be a regular Starbucks menu item, it was actually a secret menu item that became popular during cold and flu season. It’s also sometimes referred to as the “Cold Buster”.

Now this popular drink is actually on the regular menu. You can order it by asking for “Hot Honey Citrus Mint Tea”.

But you don’t need to go to your local Starbucks to enjoy this drink. It’s really easy to make at home with a few simple ingredients and tastes just like the Starbucks version.

More copycat Starbucks drink recipes to try:

Ingredients needed

Teavana Jade Citrus Mint Tea – This is a delicious green tea that has a hint of spearmint and lemon. Teavana teas can typically be found at your local grocery store.

Teavana Peach Tranquility Tea – This tea has peach and pineapple flavor. Can be substituted with other peach tea’s like Celestial Seasonings Country Peach Passion or Bigelow brand peach tea.

Lemonade – Use your favorite lemonade. You can even use sugar-free lemonade.

Water – Needed to help brew the tea.

Honey – Adds a smooth and soothing sweetness. I recommend using local honey if possible.

Optional – Some people order their medicine ball with an optional pump of peppermint syrup. You can add a drop of peppermint extract or peppermint syrup to this recipe if you like a boost of peppermint flavor.

Lemonade, containers of tea bags, honey.

How to make copycat Starbucks Medicine Ball tea

Step one: Stir together lemonade and water either in a mug or in a small saucepan. Heat until steaming hot, not boiling, 2-3 minutes on stovetop or 2 minutes in the microwave.

Step two: Place one jade citrus mint tea bag and one peach tea bag in the hot lemonade mixture. Steep for 3 minutes.

Measuring cup with lemonade and tea bags.

Step three: Remove tea bags, stir in honey. Optional, add peppermint extract. Serve warm.

Honey in hot tea.

Recipe tips and tricks

You don’t need to bring the water and lemonade to a boil. Starbucks uses steamed lemonade so heating for 2-3 minutes should get you to the steaming point.

If you would like your tea a little stronger, let steep for 5 minutes.

For a little extra vitamin C, add fresh lemon slices to the tea.

If you would like to add a little peppermint, be sure to only use a drop. Peppermint is strong in flavor and you don’t want it to overpower the tea.

Hot water with tea bags.

Does this have caffeine?

The herbal peach tea is caffeine-free but the jade citrus mint tea has a little caffeine, about 20 mg.

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Cup of hot tea with lemon.
5 from 4 votes

Starbucks Medicine Ball Tea

By Heather
Copycat Starbucks Medicine Ball tea is a hot drink with jade citrus mint tea, peach tea, lemonade, and honey.
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 drink


  • 1 tea bag Teavana Jade Citrus Mint
  • 1 tea bag Teavana Peach Tranquility
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup lemonade
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 drop peppermint extract or syrup optional


  • Combine water and lemonade either in a heat safe mug or in a small saucepan.
  • Either microwave for 2 minutes or warm over medium heat on the stove for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add jade citrus mint tea bag and peach tranquility tea bag to hot lemonade mixture.
  • Let steep for 2-3 minutes.
  • Carefully remove tea bags. Stir in honey. Optional, stir in a drop of peppermint.
  • Serve warm.



Calories: 184kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 1g | Sodium: 22mg | Potassium: 11mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 45g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
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