L'esprit de l'escalier

Difford's Guide



Old-fashioned glass
Measuring jigger
Mixing glass
Bar spoon


There are approximately 146 calories in one serving of L'esprit de l'escalier.


L'esprit de l'escalier image

Serve in an

Old-fashioned glass


Lemon zest twist

How to make:

STIR all ingredients with ice and strain into ice-filled glass (or in place of ice use cold over frozen river stones to chill to avoid dilution from ice).

1 fl oz Cognac VSOP
23 fl oz Absenteroux Vermouth a l'Absinthe
13 fl oz Poire William eau de vie
16 fl oz Giffard Banane du Brésil
3 dash Orange bitters

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Our comment:

“The spirit of the staircase” is short and boozy. Cognac flavours shine with hints of absinthe, pear and banana.


Created in 2015 by Thomas Egerton at Eau de Vie, England. The literal English translation of this drinks name, ‘the spirit of the staircase’, doesn’t have quite the same ring to it.

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