Why Do We Raise Our Glasses?

It's a funny tradition - to celebrate a good day at work, a birthday, or a new beginning, we lift a glass and clang it against another. There's a risk of shattering, a waste of spilled liquor, and plenty of room for social gaffe - and yet the toast continues to be a tradition the world over. How did this odd drinking custom get started?

There are some great theories. Some say the "clinking" noise of toasting was done to ward off evil spirits; others think that by sloshing and mingling our drinks together, we establish trust by confirming we haven't poisoned anyone.

But it turns out, humans simply love the idea of celebrating together - and something about the act of raising a glass and pronouncing hopeful benedictions on those assembled creates a sense of community.

Raise your glass with a friend tonight. Cocktails are 2-4-1 at Bacchus all evening.