Eliksir was initiated by songwriter and vocalist Elin Synnove Brathen in 2003. Project name "Eliksir" originates from Elin's mispronunciation of her name as a child. She called herself "Elik" and referred to herself in the third person. "Elik says" thus became "Elik sir" in her northern Norwegian accent. Eliksir taken as "elixir" (magic potion) also fits to describe the music. Her versatile background with different music styles is given a distinct voice through songwriting for Eliksir.