Starbucks' 'The Medicine Ball' began as a secret menu item crafted by a fan, but its immense popularity of the cold-fighting beverage has led it to become a permanent menu item.
The Medicine Ball is crafted with equal parts hot lemonade and hot water, plus Peach Tranquility and Jade Citrus Mint teas from Teavana, as well as honey, which is known for its antimicrobial properties. The hot beverage is touted as one that's ideal for soothing sore throats and sinuses, both of which can be bothersome during cold and flu season.
As one Starbucks manager noted 20 orders for The Medicine Ball off the secret menu in a single day, the "sick tea" or the "coldbuster" can now easily be found by a greater number of consumers as an official addition to the chain's menu.
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