Medicine balls are one of Starbucks’ most popular custom drinks right now. While the name sounds more like local gym gear, the tea is said to prevent colds, sore throats, and all the problems that plague us during cold and flu season
With the temperature dropping, I decided to go to Starbucks and try the medicine ball for myself.
We’re now seeing the start of cold and flu season (plus COVID-19), and while I’m staying home to protect myself and my loved ones, there are still days when I don’t wake up feeling well. It looks like a runny nose and stuffy nose is part of winter at this time. Instead of trying to swallow one of these throat lozenges, I went to my local Starbucks and ordered what many people call “the pill.” It’s a favorite drink of many Starbucks drinkers, including Better Homes & Gardens’ assistant editor Rachel Weber, who first recommended it to me. If you haven’t already, you should drink it as soon as possible.
Some customers call the drink a “pill,” while others call it a “cold nemesis.” Unlike some secret dishes like the Cinderella latte, the drink is so popular that many baristas know it by its name. It’s actually the Honey Citrus Mint Tea on the Starbucks menu, which has been tweaked. Here are the ingredients in this cold-fighting blend: Emerald Citrus Mint Green Tea, Peach Serenity Herbal Tea, hot water, steamed lemonade, and a dash of honey. To spice it up, some customers ordered a pump of mint syrup.
So what can you get out of this combo? Starbucks notes that the flavors “melt together nicely to create a tea that’s comforting from the inside out.” Weber said it’s her favorite drink when she’s feeling down, describing it as a “Warm, Healing Mojito”. I agree and think the mint, fruity flavors taste delicious together.
When a client creation makes its way into the official menu, you know it must be special, but you never really know unless you try it yourself. The next time you feel sick, order this drink and hope you feel better soon.
What’s in a Starbucks Medicine Ball? The recipe is fairly straightforward
The drink is so popular that Starbucks baristas know it by its name. It’s not hard to see why by looking at the ingredient list:
- Steamed Lemonade
- Hot water
- Jade Citrus Mint green tea
- HoPeach Tranquility tea
Honestly, I’m not the biggest fan of green tea as I don’t like bitterness, but the other ingredients in Medicine Ball are enough to convince me that it’s worth a try.
From a health standpoint, the combination makes perfect sense: lemon soothes the throat, while green tea is known to have many health benefits. Plus, any type of hot drink will lift your spirits when you’re feeling down.
How to order pill tea
You can order the Starbucks Medicine Ball at Starbucks Drive-Thru or in-store. If your barista doesn’t know what it is, you can list the ingredients or ask for honey citrus mint tea like I did. (Yes, medicine balls have been added to the official Starbucks menu.)
Starbucks Medicine Ball Review
Pill tea is delicious. I love peach, it’s definitely the main flavor, so it was an instant hit for me. It also masks the bitterness of green tea, turning it into an almost pleasant aftertaste. It was definitely a delightful respite from the weather outside, and every sip felt like a comforting hug. If I catch a cold, I might try again.
However, the peach really overpowers the other flavors. So unless you’re a peach fan, I wouldn’t recommend this. I can’t taste much lemonade, barely a hint of mint. Some people ask for a little mint syrup to counteract this, as a fan of fresh flavors, I’ll try adding it next time. The sweetness can also be overwhelming – despite my sweet tooth, I had to stretch my vents for over half an hour to deal with all the sugar. Still, I’d order it again – but maybe add a healthy mint to balance it out!
If you’re feeling down, combine Starbucks medicine balls with any of these foods to eat when you have a cold.