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Starbucks Has a Secret Cold Fighting Drink Called The Medicine Ball. Here’s How To Get It.

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Sometimes, when you’re feeling extra bleh, you need a little something to warm up your belly and help you kick the yuck away.

Starbucks Has a Secret Cold Fighting Drink Called The Medicine Ball

Well, Starbucks, everyone’s favorite coffee chain, has your back, because they have a drink on their Starbucks secret menu called a “medicine ball” that will have you feeling all better in a jiffy.

Starbucks Has a Secret Cold Fighting Drink Called The Medicine Ball

Last time I had a scratchy throat this drink was my LIFESAVER. It’s basically the ultimate cold buster.


I went through the drive-thru and ordered one every single day. It just makes me feel like I can take on the WORLD.


Starbucks isn’t crazy about the name “medicine ball” even though that’s what everyone calls it, so, when you order the drink, you might need to order a “Honey Citrus Mint Tea” instead.

But that’s the same thing. 🙂


There is also a similar drink called the Citrus Defender you can try too!

What’s in the Starbucks Medicine Ball?

The ingredients for a Starbucks Medicine Ball are:

Starbucks Has a Secret Cold Fighting Drink Called The Medicine Ball
  • 1 Venti cup with half hot water and half steamed lemonade
  • 1 bag of Teavana Jade Citrus Mint Tea
  • 1 bag of Teavana Peach Tranquility Tea
  • Packet of honey
  • Pump of peppermint (optional)

I usually go for the optional pump of peppermint syrup, because it just feels extra tingly on my throat, and I like to squish the tea bag really good in my medicine ball tea to really get all the goodness out there.


Everyone on social media LOVES this secret menu item, and some even say to go for extra honey and an optional pump of vanilla just to make it extra fun, but I think the vanilla can make it too sweet.


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  1. I am forever grateful that the coffee shop I work at isn’t Starbucks. I would lose my mind after about the 50th time I heard some suburban mom come through with a smug grin talking about a “secret menu item.” Yes, Karen, you found the holy grail, Starbucks hides a secret menu on the internet so you can mangle an already sugary drink into something worse and more complicated. Oh yeah, with soy, because that makes it healthy.

    -_- Any self respecting Barista has no problem modifying drinks for you, that’s the part of the job I get the most satisfaction from, creativity. For the sake of my Starbucks brothers and sisters just be honest with everyone and order a heavily complicated drink without acting like it’s an obligation for them to know whatever weird mix some random person came up with on the internet.

  2. Starbucks employees: Never represent your company as a hostile, angry person. Be professional or be quiet. While this item is currently on the “menu,” it isn’t posted in the store. The “secret menu” doesn’t refer to some well-guarded Starbucks secret. It merely means any drink that one can order that one can’t walk in and see. As long as people don’t believe that baristas need to know unofficial names, it’s harmless and fun. I don’t see what you guys are worked up about. WikiHow has a nice, clear post on the subject.

  3. It’s not a secret drink if it’s already on the menu as something else.

    Also, from someone who actually works at Starbucks, THERE IS NO SECRET MENU.
    Drinks customers or partners make up dont constitute as some secret menu. Stop perpetuating this lie. Own up to the crazy drinks you find online or make up.

    1. How many Americanos did you have today, Skeeter? Geez.

  4. Sounds good, just had a cold. Too late for me, but will try it anyway.

  5. Wow Baristas. Rude much? I see why starbucks is going downhill.

  6. This was called “Magic Tea” when they had republic brand tea. It was fantastic! Now with the peach bs I don’t believe in it. Used to be one bag of calm and one bag of refresh tea in this. Superior.

  7. Stop posting this nonsense. It is not secret and it doesn’t fight colds in fact it is full of sugar. lemonade has sugar and honey has sugar. Stop coming in and spreading your germs all over us and just make tea at home.

    1. Why are y’all so hostile and angry? Maybe you need this tea and some d in your life to remove the stick from your a**

    2. I like someone else making it for me. Not spreading all over you! Ordering from my car??✌?

  8. It’s called the Honey Citrus Mint Tea because calling it a “Medicine Ball” implies it has medicinal properties that cannot be verified. Also, it’s not a f***ing secret menu drink. It’s a legitimate menu item even if you don’t see it on the menu. Also, as a Starbucks barista, we all wish you guys would stop with these stupid posts about secret menu drinks and drinks not available in the US. Most of the time you guys haven’t bothered to do even the least bit of research and that leads to customers coming in and trying to order drinks that are either not available or that the baristas don’t know what the hell it is.

    1. I hope you’re not that hostile and rude to your customers. Medicine ball doesn’t imply it has medicinal properties. No one claimed that. Calm down.

    2. It used to be on the secret menu. It became a legit menu item, citrus mint tea, last year.

    3. You may want to get a new job …customer service isn’t it.

      1. I’m so glad the Starbuck’s baristas I deal with in my hometown is a lot nicer than the 2 baristas on this thread lol…just wow. Why so angry? It’s not that serious y’all.

  9. It’s no secret. It’s called the Citrus Honey Mint Tea and it’s a regular me it item

      1. Yes. The jade tea had caffeine but the peach doesn’t . It’s my favorite drink at Starbucks.

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