How to Order a Starbucks Medicine Ball + Price and Ingredients

Whether you’re craving one of Starbucks delicious coffees, teas, or bakery treats, they have a wide variety of regular and secret menu items that are yummy. But did you know they have a hot drink that’ll actually help you out when you’re under the weather with a nasty cold? Enter the Starbucks Medicine Ball. From helping fight off colds to providing customers with a kick of caffeine to go about their day, the Medicine Ball drink at Starbucks is a tasty beverage with some great side-benefits. Read on to learn how to order this mysterious hot drink and what the actual ingredients are.

How to Order a Starbucks Medicine Ball + Price and Ingredients

What Exactly is the Medicine Ball?

The Medicine Ball drink at Starbucks is made of Jade Citrus Mint Green Tea, Peach Tranquility Herbal Tea, hot water, steamed lemonade, and a bit of honey.

Is It On the Regular or “Secret” Menu?

The Medicine ball drink used to be a part of Starbucks secret menu.

However, due to the popularity of this secret menu item, this drink is now part of the regular menu as the Honey Citrus Mint Tea, under their Green tea menu category.

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What Are the Other Names For the Medicine Ball?

Honey Citrus Mint Tea.

Today, the Medicine Ball drink at Starbucks is on the regular menu and is referred to as the “Honey Citrus Mint Tea”.

Another name for the drink is the Starbucks Coldbuster, and some baristas, especially those that’ve been around for awhile, will know it best by this name.

What are the Health Benefits?

The Medicine Ball drink, otherwise known as Starbucks Coldbuster, is popular for, as the name suggests, warding off a cold.

The mint in the tea is supposed to help open up your nasal passages and clear your sinuses.

Therefore, if you’re ever feeling a bit under the weather, consider getting the Honey Citrus Mint Tea at Starbucks.

Here is a breakdown of how the different Honey Citrus Mint Tea (aka Medicine Ball drink) ingredients can help you ward off a nasty cold:

Jade Citrus Mint Green Tea: Has many life-saving benefits from helping to detox the body while helping fight chest congestion, cough, and sore throat.

Peach Tranquility Herbal Tea: Rich in antioxidants, helps with detoxification and is overall great for your immune system.

Lemonade: Lemonade helps boost the immune system and provides a great daily supply of Vitamin C.

Honey: Helps serve as a cough suppressant.

But…keep in mind that if you are REALLY sick, following the advice of this Barista, and take your “germs back home” and go see your doctor.

Do Baristas Know it By Name?


Because the Honey Citrus Mint Tea (formerly known as the Medicine Ball drink while on the secret menu) is now part of the regular menu, baristas will know your order by name.

If you refer to the drink as the “Medicine Ball” drink, some more experienced Starbucks baristas may know what you are referring to.

If not, ask for the “Honey Citrus Mint Tea”.

What Are the Nutritional Facts and Calories?

The Honey Citrus Mint Tea is an extremely healthy drink that is a great beverage to help fight off a nasty cold.

The drink contains about 130 calories (this may change depending on size and any customizations).

Here is a brief breakdown of a Grande-sized Medicine Ball drink’s nutritional facts:

  • 130 calories
  • Total fat: 0 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
  • Sodium: 10 mg
  • Total carbohydrates: 32 g
  • Protein: 0 g
  • Caffeine: 16 mg
  • Sugars: 30 g

Being just 130 calories and having zero grams of fat, the Honey Citrus Mint tea drink is one of the healthier Starbucks drinks that can give you a kick of energy while fighting off any nasty cold symptoms.

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Does the Medicine Ball Have Caffeine?


The Medicine Ball Starbucks drink does indeed have a little caffeine in it.

In a Grande (16-ounce) Starbucks drink size, you can expect there to be about 16mg of caffeine.

For reference, a 16-ounce coffee has about 190mg of caffeine.

What Is the Price of Medicine Ball?

While all Starbucks’s item prices will vary depending on the location, you can expect to pay about the following Medicine ball drink prices:

  • Short drink price: $3.15
  • Tall drink price: $3.25
  • Grande drink price: $3.75
  • Venti drink price: $4.25

Ask the Reader: Have you ever ordered a Medicine Ball at Starbucks or made one at home? Did it seem to help with your cold?

By Kyle James

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