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Hop Tea


Hops infused in hot water, or hops added to Indian tea. Hop tea was commercially available in the 19th Century.

Oast House used for hop-drying, near Parsonage Farm, Salehurst
Image: Oast House Archive

Original Receipt in Francatelli 1867;

No 1059 HOP TEA
Put half an ounce of hops into a covered jug, pour a pint of boiling water, to this put the lid on and allow the infusion to stand until quite cold, the tea must then be decantered off into a water bottle and should be drunk fasting. The dose should not exceed a gill, which will have the effect of creating a natural appetite, and will also tend to improve and strengthen the digestive organs.

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