Starbucks barista calls customers who order a “medicine ball.”

A Starbucks barista went viral on TikTok after issuing a public service announcement about the correct name of the popular “medicine ball” drink.

User Stef (@mrszuko) posts content about her job at Starbucks. This time she tells a story about a customer who asked for a “medicine ball” drink and asked if it actually contained medicine.

“In case you haven’t heard by now, there’s no medicine in the Starbucks ‘medicine ball,'” she says. Stef goes on to share that the drink is called honey citrus mint tea, not medicine ball, urging people to “don’t come in if you’re sick” and “ask for it.”

Stef shares the caption: “One time this lady came in and asked me if I had the tea that cured Covid LMFAOOO I wish I was joking.”

@mrszuko one time this lady came in and asked me if I had the tea that cured covid LMFAOOO 😭😭😭 I wish I was kidding #fyp #stayhomeifyouresick ♬ CUFF IT – Beyoncé

The video has been viewed 19,000 times since it was posted on October 5, as viewers shared their experiences with customers calling the honey citrus mint tea a “medicine” drink.

“Had someone come through the ride and ordered a ‘Venti medicine ball with extra medicine’……wish I’m kidding,” shared one viewer.

“Literally a woman had ordered a ‘medicine ball’ at the coffee shop and then sat down and did a COVID TEST eh?!?!” a second wrote.

“If I call out a cafe order with no name and they’re like, ‘Is that the medicine ball?’ ‘Yeah, the honey citrus mint tea.’ I’m not going to conform,” said another.

“A lady threw us a drink last week for saying ‘medicine ball’ and we repeated the order as honey citrus mint tea,” said one viewer.

Other viewers revealed that it’s usually people who are feeling sick who order the drink.

“When they come in hacking and coughing and ordering it with sniffles like STAND BACK,” one person wrote.

“When people came to the drive-thru coughing, I knew what I was getting into,” agreed a second.

Honey Citrus Mint Tea is made with Jade Citrus Mint, Peach Calm, Herbal Tea, Hot Water, Steamed Lemonade, and Honey. Said to be soothing, this drink is described by Starbucks as a tea that “comforts from within.” According to StarbMag, the tea is nicknamed “medicine ball” because “it appears to be able to relieve cold and flu symptoms.”

The Daily Dot reached out to Stef via TikTok for comment and via email to Starbucks.


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*Initial publication: October 7, 2022 at 2:26 pm CDT

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