How to Hack Starbucks’ “Medicine Ball Tea” to Give It Extra Cold-Fighting Potency
"Medicine Ball Tea"—an illness-fighting elixir that used to have a covert spot on Starbucks' secret menu—became Starbs-official with a name and everything last March. Known as "Honey Citrus Mint Tea," the fall-perfect bev contains Jade Citrus Mint Green Tea, Peach Tranquility Herbal Tea, hot water, steamed lemonade, and a touch of honey. Once you add up the contents of the last two ingredients though, you've got 33 grams of sugar in a grande-sized order—so you'll need to hack the tonic to make sure you're reaping the utmost nutrition gains.
Here's the twist: Instead of syrupy lemonade, request a squeeze of fresh lemon.
Whether or not you're under the weather, you can go ahead and leave the tea portion of the order as is: Mint contains menthol, a natural decongestant and the Peach Tranquility blend has a nice serving of pineapple juice, which packs a powerful combo of vitamin C and bromelain that can help quell sinus and respiratory inflammation. But here's the twist: Instead of syrupy lemonade, request a squeeze of fresh lemon.
And if you do want to keep a note of sweetness in your steamy anti-sick day potion, ask for the honey on the side so you can drizzle and stir at your own discretion. The citrus-y, bee-powered combo has been found to loosen congestion and promote hydration, which will get you out of bed and back into action in a jiffy.
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