Starbucks Medicine Ball at Home

It’s that time of year in Kentucky when the weather changes. Without fail, my throat gets sore and my allergies seem to lose their minds. My favorite thing to sooth my symptoms is a Medicine Ball tea from Starbucks! If they look at you funny when you order this, it is technically called the “Honey Citrus Mint Tea”… learned that one the hard way. Anyway, I’m working from home these days and it is so much easier to make the drink at home (and I can also avoid awkward encounters with the Starbucks baristas). It’s surprisingly simple!

The actual Starbucks recipe calls for steamed lemonade and Teavana teas (specifically the Jade Citrus Mint and the Peach Tranquility). However, my local grocery store doesn’t carry Teavana, so I did not use that brand–I needed to make this tea NOW. You just want to look for teas to get those combined flavors: citrus, mint, and peach. I hate keeping lemonade in the fridge, it takes up a lot of space. So, for this version, I decided to use real lemon juice and make my own “lemonade.” I also kept the sugar content down this way and it was just as delicious. Enjoy!

INGREDIENTS

“Lemonade”

  • Juice from 1 lemon (approximately 1/4 c of juice)
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • Hot water, just off a boil

Tea

  • 1 Peach Tea – I used the Perfect Peach tea by Bigelow–it has a strong peach flavor. It also has hibiscus in the blend and it turns the tea a pretty pink color.
  • 2 Citrus Mint Tea – I used the Zen blend by Tazo. The mint flavor is not as strong in this tea, so I used 2 teabags to balance the sweetness of the peach.
  • Honey (to taste)

Instructions
Mix lemon juice, hot water, and sugar in cup, stir until sugar is dissolved.
Add tea bags, steep for 3-5 minutes. Once you remove the teabags, add honey. Stir…. enjoy!

Soothing teas deserve soothing songs…. I love this one.

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