Ever wonder where the tradition of raising your glass and saying a toast before drinking alcohol came from?
Many believe the custom evolved from concerns about poisoning – that clinking glasses together originated because it would cause each drink to spill over into the others’. According to other stories, the word “toast” became associated with the 17th century custom of flavoring drinks with spiced toast. And the International Handbook on Alcohol and Culture says toasting “is probably a secular vestige of ancient sacrificial libations in which a sacred liquid was offered to the gods: blood or wine in exchange for a wish, a prayer summarized in the words ‘long life!’ or ‘to your health!'”
Wherever and why ever the tradition of toasting began, we can all agree that clinking glasses and saying a “cheers” with friends makes us feel all warm and fuzzy inside. (Perhaps not as warm and fuzzy as the alcohol itself makes us feel, but I digress…)
In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, here are some traditional Irish toasts you can use as you celebrate. Be safe, my friends – drink responsibly.
Here’s to you and yours / And to mine and ours / And if mine and ours ever come across you and yours / I hope you and yours will do as much for mine and ours / As mine and ours have done for you and yours
May the road rise to meet you/ May the wind be always at your back/ May the sun shine warm upon your face / And rains fall soft upon your fields / And until we meet again / May God hold you in the hollow of His hand.
May you be poor in misfortune / Rich in blessings / Slow to make enemies / And quick to make friends / And may you know nothing but happiness / From this day forward
Saint Patrick was a gentleman / Who through strategy and stealth / Drove all the snakes from Ireland / Here’s a toasting to his health / But not too many toastings / Lest you lose yourself and then / Forget the good Saint Patrick / And see all those snakes again
May the roof above you never fall in / And those gathered beneath it never fall out
May your home always be too small to hold all your friends
Here’s to a long life and a merry one / A quick death and an easy one / A pretty girl and an honest one / A cold pint and another one
There are good ships / And there are wood ships / The ships that sail the sea / But the best ships are friendships / And may they always be
May you be in heaven a full half hour before the devil knows you’re dead
May the saddest day of your future be no worse than the happiest day of your past
When we drink, we get drunk / When we get drunk, we fall asleep / When we fall asleep, we commit no sin / When we commit no sin, we go to heaven / So, let’s all get drunk, and go to heaven!