5 from 4 votes

Better-For-You Starbucks Medicine Ball Cubes

 November 16, 2023

If you’re looking for the perfect drink to warm you up and keep your immune system healthy during the winter months, then look no further because this is it! Introducing my Better-For-You Starbucks Medicine Ball Cubes, a simple, easy, and refined sugar-free take on the classic Starbucks Medicine Ball drink. This recipe is made from just 5 simple ingredients, which means it’s perfect for prepping ahead of time so that you can always have this delicious drink ready in a pinch!

A plate full of the starbucks medicine ball immunity cubes, sitting on a countertop

One of my favorite drinks to indulge in, in the wintertime, is the Starbucks Medicine Ball. And I know that I’m not alone! Every winter, people flock to Starbucks to get this drink that’s made from a mixture of mint tea, lemonade, and honey. But while it sounds healthy, the reality is… it’s not as healthy as you’d think. In fact a small Starbucks medicine ball contains over 30 grams of cane sugar!

This recipe removes the refined sugar from the medicine ball and gives it a healthier twist… making it actually live up to the name of medicine ball! Instead of using lemonade, we’re swapping it out for fresh lemons and pairing it with gut-healthy ginger and raw honey for a drink that is perfectly sweet, but without the extra sugars.

This drink is loaded with antioxidants, electrolytes, fiber, and vitamins, which makes it the perfect drink to reach for whether you’re under the weather or are simply looking for a delicious drink to warm you up on a cool day.

The 5 Ingredients Needed to Make This Healthy Cold-Weather Drink

You’ll only need 5 easy ingredients in order to bring this copycat Starbucks recipe to life!

  • Lemons: The lemon flavor in this medicine ball is STRONG, and that’s because the traditional Starbucks version contains lemonade. In my version, we’re ditching the lemonade and instead swapping it out for fresh lemons, skin and all!
  • Ginger: Raw ginger adds fiber and antioxidants to this medicine ball, and can also help soothe upset tummies.
  • Raw Honey: Honey adds a natural sweetness to this medicine ball, and also can have immune-boosting benefits! If you want in on those benefits, be sure to use locally-sourced honey. Farmer’s markets are the best place to find this!
  • Coconut Water: Coconut water is not only naturally sweet, but it is also full of electrolytes and potassium to keep you feeling hydrated.
  • Mint Tea: To make the actual medicine ball drink, you’ll mix the cubes alongside a brewed cup of mint tea. The best part is, mint tea is non-caffeinated, so you can enjoy this drink as a sweet nightcap.
An ice cube tray, filled with the starbucks medicine ball immunity cubes, sitting on a countertop next to lemons
Next, transfer the blended mixture into an ice cube tray and freeze it overnight.

How to Make This Healthier Medicine Ball Alternative

To make these medicine ball cubes, add the chopped lemons, ginger, raw honey, and coconut water to a blender. Blend until smooth. Next, transfer the blended mixture into an ice cube tray and freeze it overnight.

Once you’re ready to make a medicine ball drink, start by preparing the mint tea. Steep the mint tea in boiling water for 5 minutes. Then, add in two of the medicine ball cubes and stir until they’re melted into the tea. Add in more raw honey and a squeeze of lemon, if desired. Then, serve immediately and enjoy!

A mug of peppermint tea, with two of the starbucks immunity cubes sitting inside of it
Once you’re ready to make a medicine ball drink, start by preparing the mint tea. Steep the mint tea in boiling water for 5 minutes. Then, add in two of the medicine ball cubes and stir until they’re melted into the tea, and enjoy!

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** Photography by Tanya Pilgrim
A plate full of the starbucks medicine ball immunity cubes, sitting on a countertop
Dairy Free/gluten-free/Grain Free/Nut Free/Paleo/Refined Sugar Free/Vegan

Better-For-You Starbucks Medicine Ball Cubes

5 from 4 votes
Nicole Modic
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
SERVES 16 Cubes
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If you're looking for the perfect drink to warm you up and keep your immune system healthy during the winter months, then look no further because this is it! Introducing my Better-For-You Starbucks Medicine Ball Cubes, a simple, easy, and refined sugar-free take on the classic Starbucks Medicine Ball drink. This recipe is made from just 5 simple ingredients, which means it's perfect for prepping ahead of time so that you can always have this delicious drink ready in a pinch!

Ingredients

  • 5 Lemons chopped; be sure to scrub and wash them well
  • 1 3-Inch Piece Ginger scrubbed and washed well
  • 1/3 Cup Raw Honey
  • 1/2 Cup Coconut Water
  • Mint Tea steeped

Instructions

  • To make these medicine ball cubes, add the chopped lemons, ginger, raw honey, and coconut water to a blender. Blend until smooth.
  • Next, transfer the blended mixture into an ice cube tray and freeze it overnight.
  • Once you're ready to make a medicine ball drink, start by preparing the mint tea. Steep the mint tea in boiling water for 5 minutes.
  • Then, add in two of the medicine ball cubes and stir until they're melted into the tea.
  • Add in more raw honey and a squeeze of lemon, if desired. Then, serve immediately and enjoy!

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  1. I can’t wait to make this recipe!! Where is your ice cube tray from that you’re using in these pictures? I love it!!

  2. Made these twice already! Sharing at a women’s event at our church Friday night (you’ll get credit for the recipe). It’s a go-to in this Midwest freezing weather and feels good to drink something healthy without all the added sugar. Thanks!

    • I’m so happy to hear this, Danae! Thank you so much for sharing it with your community, it means the world!

  3. Made these last night and just added to my tea, I didn’t blend smooth enough because I have little floaties in my tea. Next time I’ll try using my food processor

  4. 5 stars
    Making these in advance of New Year’s and flu season. My grocery store just started carrying fresh turmeric so I added that and black pepper to the mix! My blender is kinda crappy so I added more coconut water. I was unsure about the whole lemon so I chopped the peel finely and pulled out seeds from the segments, that blended fine. Super pungent and delicious!!

    • I am so thrilled that you loved this recipe, Jess! Thank you so much for making it and for leaving such a kind review!