Copycat Starbucks Medicine Ball Tea

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This copycat Starbucks Medicine Ball Tea only has four ingredients and is perfect to make at home in the cold months. You just need lemonade, honey, mint tea, and peach tea to warm your bones!

cup of medicine ball tea in a glass mug

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When the weather starts to cool down and you need a little pick me up, this copycat Starbucks medicine ball is the drink for you! This drink is perfect when you have a cold due to the mint, lemon and honey.

It’s also a great alternative to coffee in the morning for all my non-coffee drinking friends. Skip the Starbucks line and let me show you how to make this medicine ball drink today. 

I don’t drink coffee, but I do like going to Starbucks every now and then. They have great teas (I get a Passion Tea Lemonade), non-coffee drinks, and my girls love getting a cake pop.

This medicine ball tea has become one of my favorites, especially during the cooler months. It’s a great alternative to warm cranberry orange cider.

clear glass mug of medicine ball tea

What is a medicine ball?

The medicine ball is a combination of jade citrus mint tea, peach tranquility tea, steamed lemonade and honey. It is sometimes called the cold buster as well due to it’s cold fighting ingredients.

Some people swear that this drink helps relieve cold symptoms. It also goes by medicine bomb or Starbucks wellness tea.

pitcher full of tea bags steeping

Medicine Ball Ingredients

The great thing about this drink is that it uses common ingredients. You can even switch out the teas for what you have on hand as well. **Scroll down for the full recipe card with measurements**

To make a medicine ball at home you will need: 

Mint tea – I used Tazo Zen for my medicine ball. It is a combination of spearmint and lemongrass and has a great flavor. You can use any mint tea that you prefer. 

Peach tea – There are a bunch of different peach teas that you can pick from at the grocery store. Grab your favorite brand for this recipe. 

Water – You need boiling water to steep the tea. 

Honey – Local honey is always best, but any honey will work great in this recipe. 

Lemonade – You will want to get pulp-free lemonade for this recipe. You steam the lemonade and add it to your tea to make the perfect medicine ball at home. I like Simply Lemonade.

ingredients laid out to make a copycat starbucks medicine ball tea

How to make a Starbucks Medicine Ball at home

Once you have gathered the ingredients, you will also need to grab:

  • Pitcher – I bought this pitcher a few years ago & so far so good.
  • Coffee cup or mug – These travel mugs are great if you’re going to take your tea to-go.
  • Mixing Spoon – A long spoon to stir up the pitcher.
  • Frother – This frother works

STEP ONE: Brew the tea. Add two tea bags of each variety of tea in your pitcher (two mint bags and two peach bags). Pour hot water over the tea bags and allow to steep for 5 or so minutes.

STEP TWO: Steam the lemonade. You can either use a saucepan or simply heat up the lemonade in the microwave using a microwave safe container. If using a saucepan, heat over medium heat until almost boiling. If using a microwave, heat for 2 minutes. After, to give the drink a smoother texture, you can froth the lemonade using a handheld frother. This is optional but recommended.

STEP THREE: Combine the ingredients. In your mug, add a tablespoon of honey. Fill halfway with hot tea from your pitcher. Top with steamed lemonade. Give it a quick stir and enjoy!

collage of pictures making a starbucks medicine ball tea

Medicine Ball FAQs

Do I have to use Starbucks tea?

Nope, you don’t have to use the same brand that Starbucks uses. They use Tevana in their stores (which is easy to find at Target or the market) but you can use any brand you’d like.

Can I use sugar free lemonade?

Absolutely. Free feel to use whatever type of lemonade you’d prefer for this recipe. The directions stay the same.

How to store leftovers

If you make a pitcher, you can store the pitcher in the refrigerator. Place a piece of saran wrap over the top to keep it fresh, removing the tea bags first. To make another drink, warm the tea in the microwave and follow steps 2-3. 

Other Starbucks copycat recipes to try:

Being able to make your favorite drink or snack at home is such a great money saver. Check out these other great Starbucks copycat recipes

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Pink drink
Egg bites
Iced white chocolate mocha

Click here for my entire collection of copycat recipes.

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Copycat Starbucks Medicine Ball Tea

Melissa Williams | Persnickety Plates
This copycat Starbucks Medicine Ball Tea only has four ingredients and is perfect to make at home in the cold months. You just need lemonade, honey, mint tea, and peach tea to warm your bones!
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Steep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings
Calories 51 kcal


  • 2 mint tea bags
  • 2 peach tea bags
  • 4 cups boiling water
  • 2 cups lemonade
  • 1-2 tablespoons honey to taste


  • In a large pitcher, place the tea bags and the boiling water. Allow to steep for 5 minutes.
  • Steam the lemonade in a saucepan over medium heat. Remove right before it boils. Froth with a milk frother.
  • Add 1-2 tablespoons of honey to the mug. Pour in the hot tea to fill half of the cup. Finish with the steamed lemonade.


Store leftovers covered in the fridge for 3-4 days, making sure to remove the tea bags first.


Serving: 1gCalories: 51kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 1gSodium: 13mgPotassium: 2mgFiber: 1gSugar: 12gVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 5mgIron: 1mg

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  1. Rachael says

    I love the idea of making a large batch of this and storing it for a few days. Thank you! When I’m not feeling well the last thing I want to do is follow a recipe.

    • Rachael says

      5 stars
      I meant to leave the stars on my original post!

    • Melissa Williams says

      thanks so much for coming back to do it!

  2. Carol Meléndez says

    5 stars
    Thank you it’s impossible to buy one in my area right now.
    With everyone sick this recipe comes in handy.

    • Renee says

      Thank you!!! Sooo much!

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