Toasts for Any Occasion

Toasts for Any Occasion

It's not known exactly when alcohol entered the diet. Some experts relate it back to prehistoric times and fermented fruits. Others offer accounts of Ancient Chinese wine or Egyptian beer. But, regardless of where it started, one thing is indisputable about the history of alcohol consumption—it always led to a good time accompanied by some rowdy behavior and some loud noise.

This alcohol-induced behavior is a thing of the present as well. Often, modern day loud and rowdy behavior is accompanied by a "toast"—or drinking to someone's health. But where did this art of toasting while drinking come from?

A common myth about toasting is that people did it to prevent being poisoned.

The story goes that if you clinked the glasses of those you were drinking with, that the liquid from one glass would spill into the other. So, if your drink was poisoned, it would drop into the person you were toast with, and he too would be poisoned. This, of course, is not how the concept of toasting evolved.

A fun fact about toast is that they get their name from literal pieces of toast broken up and put in wine bowls as an hors d'oeuvre.

The idea of raising your glass evolved from an hors d'oeuvre to the honoring of someone. The someone being honored received both kind words and the toast soaked wine. Eventually, the toast soaked wine faded out, and the honoring remained.

While we still use the idea of honoring people with a toast today. Toasts have also evolved into a way to commemorate occasion as well. Here a few that you can use to stir up some laughs when you have a few drinks with good friends.

Here’s one to share with old friends.

Here's to you and here's to me
The best of friends we'll ever be.
And if we ever disagree,
Well, screw you and here's to me.

This one will get you a laugh.

If vodka was water, and I was a duck,
I’d swim to the bottom and never give up.
But vodka’s not water,
And I’m not a duck
So pass the bottle,
And shut the heck up.

Share this one when your friends are having a rough time.

The world’s going to judge you no matter what you do,
So, here’s to living life the way you want to.

Here's one for sharing drinks on the porch with your buddy.

There are many good reasons for drinking --
And one has just entered my head:
If a man doesn't drink when he's living,
How the hell can he drink when he's dead!

Teach this one to the guys you love to drink with.

There's the wonderful love of a beautiful maid, 
and the love of a staunch true man. 
There's the love of a baby that's unafraid, 
all have existed since time began. 

But the most wonderful love, the Love of Loves, 
even greater than the love for Mother, 
is the intimate, tenderest, passionate love... 
of one dead drunk for another. 

No matter what the occasion, as long as you share it with kind words, good friends, and good craft booze, it will be one to remember. So raise your glass.