A friend and I got going on a nerdy conversation about bitters last night over some drinks and I came up with an analogy that I really enjoyed. Lets see if it holds any water.
I claim that there really is no point in dabbling with extraneous bitters that only have one specific purpose. All you need for good cocktails are: Angostura, Peychaud’s, and Orange bitters. (Who you stand by for orange bitters is another heated discussion for another day.)
He claims having all of the extraneous bitters allow for more variety and that it is okay for a cocktail to hinge on a few dashes or drops of an obscure bitter and they should all be treated in the same regard as Angostura, Peychaud’s, and Orange bitters.
I said, “The cocktail is a tailored suit, it should be able to stand on it’s own. Bitters are the flashy socks, pocket squares, and other unnecessary accessories that can add some pizazz but can also take away from the look if overdone…”
He jumped in with, “Well then, what about your precious Ango, Orange, and Peychaud’s?”
To that I replied, “You mean the phone, keys, and wallet that go in the pockets of every outfit you wear.”
We ordered another drink.