Order a Medicine Ball at Starbucks to Cure What Ails You

This sniffles-fighting drink is on the Starbucks menu as honey citrus mint tea.

Between cold and flu season, COVID-19, and allergies, there are days when we all wake up feeling less than our best. Whether sniffles or a stuffy nose are rare or regular occurrences, it's never fun to be a little under the weather in any season. If you're only feeling a little off, there's a simple solution beyond soup: the Medicine Ball, Starbucks fans' (including Rachel Weber, former digital editorial director at Better Homes & Gardens) favorite get-better drink.

Starbucks white to go cup in a Starbucks store
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While some customers call this drink the Medicine Ball, others call it the Cold Buster. Whatever the name, unlike some secret menu items, this beverage is so popular it's on the Starbucks menu as the Honey Citrus Mint Tea, with customizations already set to transform the tea into a more restorative concoction.

The Medicine Ball or Cold Buster is made with Jade Citrus Mint Green Tea, Peach Tranquility Herbal Tea, hot water, steamed lemonade, and a hint of honey. To jazz it up, some customers also order a pump of peppermint syrup for extra flavor in their sniffles-busting beverage.

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." Weber says it's her go-to drink when she feels under the weather and describes it as a "warm, healing mojito." The minty, fruity flavors taste delicious together, and the warmth of the drink (plus the soothing honey and tea) is a mood booster when you're feeling off.

When a customer creation makes it to the official menu, you know it has to be something special, but you'll never know unless you try the Medicine Ball or Cold Buster out for yourself. So the next time you're feeling a little unwell, try ordering the Medicine Ball at Starbucks, and hopefully, you'll feel much more like yourself in no time.

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