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Medicine Ball Tea

A blue and white mug filled with "Medicine Ball tea", a copycat recipe of the famous drink from Starbucks.

Last year, there was a popular hot tea added to Starbucks “secret” menu, known as the “Medicine Ball”. This tea was posted all across Instagram as people’s go-to drink when they were feeling under the weather -and for good reason. With lemon, mint, and honey, it was the perfect hot drink to sip on. It soothed a sore throat, warmed you up, and seemed to provide a little extra energy. It didn’t hurt that it tastes really good, too.

When my local Starbucks ran out of the tea to make a Medicine Ball, I set out to make my own at home. I was able to get very close to the real thing, and I actually kind of like mine better. Plus, I don’t have to change out of my pajamas to have one. It just takes a few minutes and a handful of ingredients to whip one up at home.


A couple things first: the recipe calls for a bag of mint tea, and while you can use whatever mint tea you like, I really think Sleepytime tea gets this the closest to tasting like a Medicine Ball. The peppermint candies are optional, but they really make a difference. Also, if you don’t have soft peppermint candies, you can use 1 or 2 pumps of peppermint syrup, (I’d recommend this one). I haven’t tried, but I doubt regular peppermints would dissolve as easily as the soft variety.

Hope you enjoy!


Medicine Ball Tea


  • 6 oz steamed lemonade
  • 6 oz hot water
  • 1 bag peach tea
  • 1 bag mint tea
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1-2 soft peppermint candies optional


  1. In a large mug, combine steamed lemonade and hot water.

  2. Add both tea bags and let steep 5 minutes. 

  3. Remove tea bags, then stir in honey.

  4. Add peppermint candies. Enjoy!

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