This section is from the book "A Text-Book Of Pharmacology, Therapeutics And Materia Medica", by T. Lauder Brunton. Also available from Amazon: A text-book of pharmacology, therapeutics and materia medica.
Oil of orange, 1; cotton, 2; sugar, in coarse powder, 100; alcohol and water, of each a sufficient quantity to make 300 parts. Mix alcohol and water in the proportion of 1 part of alcohol to 3 parts of water. Add the oil of orange to the cotton in small portions at a time, distributing it thoroughly by picking the cotton apart after each addition; then pack tightly in a conical percolator and gradually pour on the mixture of alcohol and water until 200 parts of filtered liquid are obtained. In this liquid dissolve the sugar by agitation, without heat, and strain.
Use. - To cover the taste of drugs and render them agreeable to the palate. By mixing tinctures and liquid extracts with simple elixir, preparations are obtained which are both palatable and efficient.