Copycat Starbucks Medicine Ball Tea

updated Dec 12, 2023
Starbucks Medicine Ball Tea

Feel better with a soothing cup of citrus mint and peach teas brewed with lemonade and sweetened with honey.

Serves2

Prep3 minutes

Cook3 minutes

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Head on shot of two clear mugs of medicine ball tea, garnished with a lemon wheel.
Credit: Photo: Alex Lepe ; Food Stylist: Kelli Foster

With cold and flu season upon us again, a warming elixir is my drink of choice for the next few months. This healing mug of tea is inspired by a Starbucks customer favorite, and made with brewed peach and citrus mint teas, lemonade, and honey. It’s a cozy drink that tastes even better when you can skip the drive-thru and make it at home.

What Is Copycat Starbucks Medicine Ball Tea?

Medicine Ball Tea or “The Coldbuster” started as a secret menu item, but the beverage Starbucks HQ must be paying attention. Now it’s available to order off the menu as Honey “Citrus Mint Tea”, but it’s a relief (and more affordable) to know how to make this mug of tea at home — especially when you are feeling less than your best.

Credit: Photo: Alex Lepe ; Food Stylist: Kelli Foster

Ingredients in Copycat Starbucks Medicine Ball Tea

  • Lemonade: Dilute store-bought or homemade lemonade with an equal amount of water.
  • Citrus-mint tea: Starbucks discontinued retail sales of the Teavana Jade Citrus Mint™ Green Tea, but Tazo Zen tea is a wonderful substitute.
  • Peach-flavored tea: I like using Celestial Seasonings Country Peach Passion tea for its fruity and floral flavors.
  • Honey: Opt for local honey, if you can.
  • Peppermint extract: One small drop of peppermint extract makes this tea even more aromatic.
  • Lemon slice: Just for garnish, but every bit of sunshine helps when you aren’t feeling well.

How to Make Copycat Starbucks Medicine Ball Tea

  • Heat water and lemonade. Heat water and lemonade until steaming, but not boiling.
  • Steep the tea. Add 1 tea bag each of citrus mint tea and peach-flavored tea and steep for 3 minutes.
  • Sweeten the tea and add mint. Add squeeze of honey and a slice of lemon. In the store, you can opt to add a pump of peppermint syrup, but at home a drop of pure peppermint extract is plenty.

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Starbucks Medicine Ball Tea

Feel better with a soothing cup of citrus mint and peach teas brewed with lemonade and sweetened with honey.

Prep time 3 minutes

Cook time 3 minutes

Serves 2

Nutritional Info

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup

    water

  • 3/4 cup

    lemonade

  • 1 bag

    citrus mint tea, such as Tazo Zen

  • 1 bag

    peach-flavored tea, such as Celestial Seasonings Country Peach Passion

  • 1 tablespoon

    honey

  • 1 drop

    peppermint extract (optional)

  • Lemon slices, for serving

Instructions

  1. Bring 3/4 cup water and 3/4 cup lemonade to a simmer in a small saucepan. Remove from the heat and add 1 citrus mint tea bag and 1 peach-flavored tea bag. Cover and steep for 3 minutes.

  2. Discard the tea bags, add 1 tablespoon honey, and stir until dissolved. Add 1 drop peppermint extract if desired. Divide the tea between 2 mugs and serve immediately with a thin slice of lemon.