While enjoying your evening tipple, have you ever wondered where the toast “good health” comes from?
The cheerful clinking of glasses, dates back to a more sinister time in the middle ages, where it was not unheard of for some vagabond to put a dampener on ones evening by slipping some deadly Hemlock into your drink.
As a safeguard, drinkers first poured a bit of wine into each other’s glass, to ensure any would be poisoner got a taste of their own medicine.
Gallant friends soon tired of this ungentlemanly behaviour and merely clinked their glasses together as a gesture of trust and reassurance of ‘Good Health’.
And……where does the word “toast” come from?
This dates back to ale houses of Elizabethan England, where a bit of spiced toast was usually put in the bottom of a cup of ale or wine to flavor it and possibly to soak up the dregs. It soon became common practise to ‘raise a toast’.
And…….what about the ‘Perfect Pangram’
Although “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog” is considered to be the shortest sentence that includes all the letters of the alphabet, alcohol lovers came up with one of their own “Pack my box with five dozen liquor jugs.”
Famous Beverage Quotes
“Whisky is liquid sunshine” – George Bernard Shaw
“I’m on a whiskey diet, I’ve lost three days already” – Tommy Cooper
“I cook with wine, sometimes I even add food to it” – W.C. Fields
“Wine is the most healthful and most hygienic of beverages” – Louis Pasteur
“Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy” – Benjamin Franklin
“Good people drink good beer” Hunter S Thompson. Fear and loathing in Las Vegas
“The thinkers, doers, leaders and drinkers… The imperfect perfectionists… They are the ones who live life’s wonders” – Poetic License Gin