Patients often insist upon having some form of hot drink to replace the breakfast cup of tea or coffee of which they have been deprived. There is no true substitute for these beverages in the sense that their mildly stimulating effects are replaced, but the habit of taking "something hot" with the first meal may be satisfied by use of one of the following:

Hot water flavoured with lemon and cloves; hot malted milk, hot cocoa or alkathrepta; a cup of hot broth or of hot water, with addition of a teaspoonful of some meat extract like Liebig's or Valentine's Meat Juice. There are also the artificial "coffees," made from parched grains, beans, etc., which are much advertised, and one made from torrefied bananas; caudle; gruels made with Irish or Iceland moss and spiced, or flavoured with lemon.