How a viral ‘secret menu’ item became an official Starbucks drink

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Say what you want about “secret menu” items not existing, but one cult Starbucks favourite has made it to the official menu.

The Medicine Ball, as it’s listed, is a cold-fighting Venti double-bag brew of Jade Citrus Mint and Peach Tranquility teas, with half hot water and half hot lemonade, honey and an optional pump of peppermint.

Like most unofficial things, no one has a consistent recipe for the Medicine Ball. But the drink that was made up some time around October last year, was fast-tracked onto the menu because of demand, Today reports.

And much of the attention was generated over Instagram, apparently. Baristas at some outlets were reportedly making over 20 Medicine Balls a day, Starbucks COO and president Kevin Johnson, was quoted as saying.

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