Starbucks Medicine Ball

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During the chilly winter months, the Starbucks medicine ball becomes quite popular, especially when sniffles and sneezes are abound. But did you know it’s loaded with over 30 grams of cane sugar in a small cup? Fear not, I’ve got a refined sugar-free version that’s not only more potent but also super cost-effective—perfect for sipping all winter long.

If you’re not familiar, a medicine ball is like a warm hug for your immune system, typically made with lemonade, mint tea, and honey. My twist ditches the lemonade for real lemons (peel and all!), adds a generous dose of fresh ginger, swaps in raw honey for sweetness, throws in some hydrating coconut water, and of course, includes the soothing mint tea.

Here’s what you’ll need to make 12-16 cubes:

Starbucks Medicine Ball

Course Drinks


  • 5 organic lemons scrubbed and roughly chopped
  • 1 3- inch piece of ginger scrubbed and washed well
  • 1/3 cup of raw honey I prefer Nature Nate’s
  • 1/2 cup of coconut water Harmless Harvest is my go-to!
  • Mint tea I love Tazo and/or Peach tea


  • Simply blend all the ingredients (except for the tea) until smooth, then pour the mixture into an ice cube tray and pop it in the freezer overnight.
  • When you’re ready to make a medicine ball, steep a bag of mint tea in hot water, add 3 cubes from your batch, a bit more honey if you like it sweeter, and a slice of lemon. Give it a good stir and sip away!


Quick tip: These cubes pack a punch, so if you prefer, you can juice the lemons instead of blending them with the peel. But keeping the peel on adds extra goodness—think antioxidants, fiber, and vitamins!

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