Starbucks Medicine Ball Recipe (Copycat)


In California, this winter has been quite awful and dreary. Partly, it was because of the non-stop rain. We know that rain adds to the chills of winter and naturally as a result, many people fall sick. Enter starbucks medicine ball tea.

However, my family has been quite lucky to have avoided all types of illnesses and diseases this winter. But on some mornings, I woke up with a slightly scratch throat and felt a little bit tired and sluggish. And this made me a little worried as I always hated runny noses or sore throats.

starbucks medicine ball recipe

When this happens to me, I tend to opt for a Medicine Ball drink from my nearby Starbucks. If you have a Starbucks app, you may find it by the name of Citrus Defender. This is what it is called officially.

So, you might be thinking what is so special about this drink. We are going to discuss that right now. Plus, we will check out the recipe of the drink, which will help you make the drink yourself whenever you want to.

What’s So Special About This Drink?

First off, this Starbucks drink is quite delicious and comforting. Therefore, it makes you feel quite good when you have a cup of it.

As a matter of fact, if you try a medicine ball for your first time, I bet that you will just love it. On the other hand, if this is the first time you are reading about it, keep in mind that you will get addicted to it pretty soon. Without further ado, let’s go ahead and find out how to make the drink yourself.

Now, let’s get to the main point. You might be thinking it’s difficult to prepare the drink. The short answer is that the recipe is quite simple to follow, and the flavor won’t be any different from what you can buy from your nearby Starbucks. As a matter of fact, this drink represent on may favorite drink lists in the last few years.

Soon Starbucks added it to their official menu and released the recipe as well. Therefore, the recipe we are going to share is genuine and you can follow it knowing you can replicate this copycat starbucks medicine ball tea recipe. All you need to do is follow the instructions given below and you will be good to go.

Given below are the ingredients you need in order to follow the recipe.

  1. Lemonade (Make sure it’s fresh)
  2. Peach tea (You can use your favorite peach tea. However, Teavana Peach Tranquility is the choice of Starbucks)
  3. Honey (you can use any kind of honey based on your taste)
  4. Citrus or Mint tea (Again it all boils down to your personal choice but Jade Citrus Mint is the choice of Starbucks)

Starbucks Medicine Ball Recipe

5 from 6 votes
Recipe by Laura Ritterman Course: DrinksCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy


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Starbuck’s medicine ball tea is a firm favorite of mine and it’s so easy to make at home. Buying drinks in their store adds up and gets expensive, however not anymore now that you know how to make it yourself.


  • 3/4 cup 3/4 of lemonade

  • Peach tea or Teavana Peach Tranquility

  • Jade Citrus Mint

  • 1 tablespoon of honey

  • 3/4 cup water

  • Lemon slices, for serving

  • 1 drop peppermint extract (optional)


  • Simmer both lemonade and the 3//4 cup of water in a sauce pan. Bring the water and lemonade to a simmer in a small saucepan.
  • After that, add the tea bags. Allow them to sit for approximately 3 minutes.
  • You can then get rid of the teabags.
  • Time to add honey, while stirring until it has fully dissolved.
  • Although this step is optional, it’s well worth it – Add in peppermint extract.
  • Now pour the divine mixture into 2 cups and drink immediately.
  • Serve with a slice of lemon.

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How To Make Starbucks Medicine Ball

Now, let’s get to the interesting part: the making of the tea. First thing is first, the tea is quite easy to make. You can start with 50% water and 50% lemonade. Make sure both the water and lemonade are fresh. This will have an impact on the taste of the tea. Therefore, this is an important point to keep in mind.

As far as the size of the cup is concerned, it depends on the amount of drink you want to prepare. If you want to make the tea for yourself, one small cup will be more than enough. On the other hand, if you have more people to serve, you can use more water and lemonade.

For a small mug, you can use half cup lemonade and half cup water. The next step: add both the mixture to a pot and set the heat to high. Wait for a while to allow the liquid to boil. Once it starts boiling, you can take the pot off the heat and put in a mug. Then you can add one teabag of your desired flavor in the mug and let it sit for a couple of minutes. If you want, you can add some money based on your taste. For instance, you can add one teaspoon of tea if you don’t like a lot of sweetness.

Although the drink has all what it needs to make a sweet tea, we still think it should have a little bit of peppermint. That’s why Starbucks use it in their Medicine Ball recipe. There must be something special about it. There are two ways to go about it. You can add a few drops of Peppermint extract. As an alternative, you can go for the Starbucks coffee syrup (peppermint flavor). Again, it depends on your personal choice.

Here are a few small things to keep in mind: Although lemonade is great, you can also go for fresh lemon juice instead. Although this drink is not that sweet but you may use less sugar. That is why it won’t have a negative impact on your taste or health. So, this is an alternative you can consider.

Although it’s great to have the exact teas for this recipe, you can go for any brand. As far as my favorite is concerned, Target is the way to go. However, if this is out of stock, you may consider some other alternatives. For instance, you can give a go to Tazo Refresh Mint. The flavor is quite close to Target. However, I think that Teavan offers an additional zip of citrus, and it will add a bit to the taste of the tea.

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And that’s it. If you follow this recipe to the core, you will have a cup of your favorite Medicine Ball drink in your hand in a couple of minutes. Even if you have never had this tea before, I bet you will just love the drink. All you need to do is give a go to the recipe and you won’t regret your decision.

Hopefully, you will find this recipe quite easy to follow. If you want to enjoy this drink, you won’t find a recipe simpler than this. Hope this helps.

Leave a comment below with your thoughts on this and if there are other variations you include to add an extra oomph to the tea.


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