The former secret menu drink is now a super popular option.

By Jennifer Aldrich
Updated January 06, 2021

We're in the middle of cold and flu season (plus COVID-19, too), and though I'm staying home to keep myself and my loved ones safe, there are still days where I wake up feeling less than my best. It just seems like the sniffles and a stuffy nose is a part of winter at this point. Instead of trying to stomach one of those throat lozenges, I head to my local Starbucks and order what many call the "Medicine Ball" drink. It's a favorite beverage by many Starbucks drinkers, including Rachel Weber, deputy editor at Better Homes & Gardens, who first recommended it to me. If you haven't had a sip yet, you'll want to as soon as possible.

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Some customers call this drink the "Medicine Ball," but others refer to it as the "Cold Buster." Unlike some secret menu items, like the Cinderella latte, this beverage is so popular, many baristas know it by name. It's actually on the Starbucks menu as the Honey Citrus Mint Tea with the customizations already set. Here's what's in this cold-fighting concoction: Jade Citrus Mint Green Tea, Peach Tranquility Herbal Tea, hot water, steamed lemonade, and just a hint of honey. To really jazz it up, some customers order a pump of peppermint syrup.

So, what can you expect from this mix? Starbucks notes the flavors "mingle tastefully well together for a tea that comforts from the inside out." Haugo says it's her go-to drink when she feels under the weather and describes it as a "warm, healing mojito." I agree and think the minty, fruity flavors taste delicious together.

When a customer creation makes it to the official menu, you know it has to be something special, but you'll never really know unless you try it out for yourself. The next time you're feeling unwell, or maybe when BOGO Thursday rolls around, order this drink, and hopefully, you'll feel a bit better.


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