Nutmegs, 40 grains.

Cardamom, 60 grains.

Rhubarb, 60 grains.

Lavender flowers, 60 grains.

Cinnamon, 60 grains.

Ginger, 60 grains.

Powdered extract of licorice, 360 grains.

Brandy, 16 fluidounces.

Water, 8 fluidounces.

Mix the drugs and reduce them to a coarse powder, and macerate this in the mixed brandy and water for fourteen days, stirring the mixture thoroughly each day; then filter. It may also be prepared by percolation.

This elixir was once sold as a proprietary remedy, under the name "Dr. Butler's Elixir of Brandy." We are informed, however, by a writer in the Druggists' Circular (1858), that Dr.Butler was a "fictitious character," coined by a couple of young men who made a sale for "Dr. Butler's Medicines."