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How To Make Starbucks Medicine Ball Tea At Home

Don’t you hate it when you can feel a cold coming on and you just know you’re going to feel like crap in a day or two??

When it’s cold and flu season nothing is more comforting than a hot drink to soothe your throat and open up your sinuses.

The Starbucks Medicine Ball Tea, also known as the Coldbuster, is a hot drink that does just that.

This warming drink is a cold remedy wrapped up in a cup of steaming tea.

Two kinds of tea, combined with the time-tested combination of honey and lemon make for a tasty “cure” for the common cold and flu.

Next time you’re feeling under the weather, here’s a recipe you can use to make this Coldbuster tea at home to start relieving your cold symptoms.

So now you can stay in your sweatpants under that cozy quilt and not have to venture out to your local Starbucks to start feeling better.

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Feeling under the weather? Mix up a steaming mug of this Starbucks copycat recipe!

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What Is the Medicine Ball Tea from Starbucks?

This is how Starbucks describes the Medicine Ball Tea on their website:

A customer creation so popular it’s now on the menu. Jade Citrus Mint Green Tea, Peach Tranqulity Herbal Tea, hot water, steamed lemonade and a touch of honey mingle tastefully well together for a tea that comforts from the inside out.

Starbucks Website

This remedy for the common cold goes by many names:

  • The Medicine Ball
  • The Cold Buster
  • Honey Citrus Mint Tea

Order any of these and the barista will know just what you are talking about.

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Honey and Lemon are ingredients you probably already have in your pantry.

Secret Starbucks Menu

Did you know there was a Secret Starbucks Menu?

Well, that’s where this drink lived until 2016 when it became so popular that the big guns at Starbucks decided to give it a permanent place on the regular Starbucks menu.

Legend has it that this drink skyrocketed to the main menu in 2016 when Instagrammers hashtagged it into popularity.

#starbucksmedicineball #starbuckscoldbuster

No matter how it arrived on the scene, it’s now part of the permanent Starbucks drink menu.

Who Created the Starbucks Medicine Ball?

No one really knows for sure, but it must have been some creative barista who decided to blend the ingredients into a soothing cold remedy for an under the weather sniffling customer.

cold buster recipe
When you’re sick, nothing feels better than a soothing hot drink.

What Kind of Tea goes into a Medicine Ball?

Two different kinds of tea give the Honey Citrus Mint Tea it’s soothing properties:

How to Make Medicine Ball Tea At Home

Fortunately for us, the Coldbuster is easy to make at home, even if you’re not feeling your best.

This drink is really simple and easy to make. It’s a combination of hot water, steamed lemonade, two types of tea and honey.

If you order this drink at Starbucks, you can add an optional pump of peppermint syrup.

This makes the drink way too sweet in my opinion, but if you want a bit of extra mint, you could add a dash of peppermint extract as well.

starbucks medicine ball recipe
Honey and lemon work their magic in this easy recipe.

Ingredients for Medicine Ball Tea

Other Starbucks Feel Better Quick Drinks

The Medicine Ball drink was so popular, Starbucks followed up with another immunity-boosting cold remedy.

Citrus Defender: Power through the winter season with our vitamin C packed Defense White Tea, handcrafted with steamed lemonade and honey.

Starbucks Website
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Two types of tea go into the medicine ball drink, along with honey and lemon.

The Citrus Defender is a combination of Teavana Defense Wellness Tea, steamed lemonade, hot water, and honey.

Just looking for a cold refreshing drink? Try this copycat Starbucks Strawberry Acai Refresher Recipe!

Ingredients for Starbucks medicine ball tea drink.

Starbucks Medicine Ball

Yield: 1 serving
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

This combination of honey and lemon along with two types of tea make for a tasty throat soother when you're feeling under the weather. Coldbuster drink.


  • 1 cup lemonade
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1 bag Teavana Peach Tranquility Tea
  • 1 bag Teavana Jade Citrus Mint Tea
  • 1 Tablespoon Honey or more to taste


  1. Heat lemonade on the stove or in the microwave. Add to a 16-ounce mug.
  2. Stir in hot water.
  3. Add tea bags and let steep 3-5 minutes.
  4. Stir in honey.


Add a dash of peppermint extract if you want a mintier flavor.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 16 ounces
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 163

Nutrition facts assume using 1 TB of honey, and one cup of standard lemonade.

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