This section is from the "Elixirs And Flavoring Extracts. Their History, Formulae, & Methods of Preparation" book, by John Uri Lloyd. Also available from Amazon: Elixirs and flavoring extracts,: Their history, formulae, and methods of preparation;
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."