Copycat Starbucks Medicine Ball (Honey Citrus Mint Tea)

This copycat recipe for the Starbucks Medicine Ball tea drink is so tasty and cozy! This soothing warm tea is worth a try.

Two cups of tea with mint leaves and honey.

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Medicine Ball Tea Recipe

This Starbucks medicine ball drink has become a fan favorite! It was on the Starbucks secret menu for years and became so popular that they decided to put it on the regular menu.

Now, every Starbucks sells this honey citrus mint tea! It’s made with both peach tea and mint green tea, honey and fresh lemonade. The combination creates a bright and citrusy tea that is soothing and incredibly flavor.

With this Starbucks copycat recipe, you can now make this perfect pick-me-up in the comfort of your own home! So, if you don’t have a Starbucks near you or don’t want to get out of the house, you can still make this tasty tea drink.

Now, despite the name, this recipe isn’t real medicine, but more of a home remedy. If a hot toddy is your thing when you’re not feeling well, then go for it! But if you’re looking for something without alcohol to soothe what ails you and brighten your spirit, then this Medicine Ball tea is perfect.

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Two mugs of tea with mint leaves and lemons.

Why you’ll love this recipe

There is so much to love about a refreshing and cheery cup of tea, and this one is truly one of my favorites:

  • The ingredients in this home remedy have some immune system-boosting qualities. It’s not medicine, but it may help soothe a sore throat and clear the fog when you’re feeling under the weather.
  • It only takes 10 minutes to make this delicious copycat Starbucks medicine ball recipe. You can have a soothing beverage in just minutes!
  • You only need five basic ingredients to make this cozy tea drink. Keep them on hand, and you can make it whenever you need a pick-me-up.
A cup of tea with lemons, mint leaves and honey.

Tools & glassware 

To make a honey citrus mint tea, you will need a few different tools. A small saucepan or microwave-safe bowl is needed to heat the lemonade. You will also need a way to heat the water for tea, whether that be an electric kettle or stovertp kettle.

Make sure you’ve got some measuring cups and spoons, as well as the perfect mug and spoon to stir the honey into the tea.

A cup of tea with mint leaves and honey.


You only need five simple ingredients to make this delicious tea. You should be able to find everything at your local grocery store! Here’s a list of what to grab:

  • water
  • lemonade
  • peach tea bag
  • mint green tea bag
  • honey

Substitutions & variations

To make your tea extra extra minty, steep some fresh mint leaves in the tea bags. You can also add a splash of peppermint extract to the drink or mix in a pump of peppermint syrup.

I prefer homemade lemonade made with fresh lemon juice in this recipe, but you can use store-bought too.

Make the peach flavor in this former secret menu item extra strong with a bit of peach simple syrup.

There are some variations to this recipe that you can try. Some people love using limeade or orange juice in place of lemonade. You can also change up the mint flavors with different varietals of mint like spearmint or peppermint.

Want to make it boozy? Add a splash of bourbon or spiced rum to this drink to give it some hot toddy vibes.

Two cups of tea with mint leaves and honey.

How to make copycat Medicine Ball Tea

Follow these instructions and before you know it you’ll be just as good as Starbucks baristas! Here’s how to make this recipe:

A cup of tea is being poured into a glass cup with a spoon.
A cup of tea is being poured into a cup with a spoon.

Boil water for tea and then add a peach tea bag and mint green tea bag to a heat-proof mug. Pour the hot water over the top and allow the tea bags to steep for at least 6 minutes.

While the tea steeps, heat the lemonade on the stovetop in a small saucepan or in a microwave-safe bowl or glass measuring cup.

A cup of tea with a spoon and honey.
A person pouring honey into a cup of tea.

Then, remove the tea bags from the water with a spoon or tongs and carefully squeeze out as much liquid from them as you can.

A person is pouring honey into a cup of tea.

Pour the lemonade into the tea and stir in some honey.

A person holding a slice of lemon in a cup.
A hand holding a mint leaf in a glass cup.

Taste the tea and add more honey if you would like, then garnish with a lemon slice and mint leaves. Serve immediately!

Tips & tricks

Check out these few tricks to creating a medicine ball tea that has the best taste:

  • If you prefer your tea to be stronger, you can steep the tea bags longer. I recommend 6 minutes at minimum, but steeping for longer will make the flavors a bit more bold.
  • For the best flavor, be sure to use high quality tea. Starbucks uses Teavana peach tranquility tea bag and Teavana jade citrus mint tea. However, if you’d like a caffeine-free medicine ball, then you’ll need to grab a different green tea!
  • Feel free to make this in a large batch and refrigerate it in an airtight container. Just give it a good shake before pouring a glass and heating it up.

What to serve with Honey Citrus Mint Tea

For breakfast, these sweet blueberry muffins or tangy orange poppyseed muffins would be so tasty with this tea! For an afternoon treat, these light and fluffy madelines or some matcha shortbread cookies would also be great.

For the ultimate coffee shop experience at home, pair this tea with a slice of pumpkin bread or lemon loaf.

Two cups of tea with mint leaves in them.


Do Starbuck medicine balls actually work?

While this cup of tea is not really medicine, it is very soothing to sore throats and the ingredients do have properties that are known to provide immune system support. It is definitely a great way to keep yourself hydrated and help tame a cough a bit during flu season.

Is medicine ball tea healthy?

Depending on how sugary your lemonade is, this drink can be pretty healthy. Sweetened with just honey and the sugar in lemonade, it typically doesn’t have too much sugar per serving. Just make sure that you don’t use a super sweet lemonade or use something sweetened with an alternative option.

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A cup of tea with mint leaves and lemons.

Copycat Starbucks Medicine Ball (Honey Citrus Mint Tea)

Yield: 1 cup
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
This citrusy sweet medicine ball tea is a fabulous copycat recipe! Make it as a throat soothing beverage when you're feeling under the weather.
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  • ½ cup water
  • ½ lemonade hot
  • 1 peach tea bag
  • 1 mint green tea bag
  • 1 teaspoon honey to taste


  • Boil water for tea. Add peach tea bag and mint green tea bag to a heat-proof mug. Add hot water over top and steep for 6 minutes.
  • While tea steeps, heat the lemonade, either in a microwave-safe container in the microwave or on the stovetop.
  • Remove tea bags with a spoon or tongs, squeezing out as much liquid as you can.
  • Top the tea with hot lemonade. Stir in honey.

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nutrition information

Yield: 1 cup

amount per serving:

Calories: 22kcal Carbohydrates: 6g Protein: 0.02g Sodium: 6mg Potassium: 4mg Fiber: 0.01g Sugar: 6g Vitamin C: 0.04mg Calcium: 4mg Iron: 0.03mg
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