Picking a Winner

Saturday at Bacchus means $6 Jack Daniels and refreshments for the HIGFFL games at 10:30 and 12:30 at Kapiolani Park. We've got the incredible DJ Takai spinning at 10 tonight! We'd also like to raise a glass and toast Patrick G & Patrick G to congratulate and wish them many years of wedded bliss.

Everyone who has ever taken a drink has toasted with their buddies. A ceremonial touching of glasses is a universal sign of friendship and mutual respect, but it hasn't always been that way.

There are several myths out there about the origins of "toasting." Why don't you decide between these two:

The Origin of Toasting Is To Avoid Being Poisoned

These days, we don't really have to worry about anyone trying to poison us to death, at least not on a daily basis. Back in Medieval Europe, however, it was a completely different situation. It wasn't uncommon to have dinner and drinks with someone who could very well be secretly plotting your demise.

When someone handed you a drink, it became customary to aggressively hit their cups together, resulting in liquid from both glasses spilling into each other's drinks. Essentially, they were saying "Dude, if you're going to poison me — I'm taking you down with me."

The Origin of Toasting Is To Make Wine Taste Better

The term “toast” itself originated in the 16th century. One of the first written accounts of it was in Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor when the character of Falstaff demands – “Go fetch me a quart of sack; put a toast in’t.”

To translate, he’s asking for a great deal of wine with a piece of (literal) toast in it.  Peculiar? Adding toast to wine? It was actually quite a common practice at the time. Placing a piece of toast within a jug was supposed to soak up some of the acidity and improve the wine's flavor.  It also had the side benefit of giving people something to do with a piece of stale bread, often spiced or with fruit embedded, that would impart additional flavors into the wine.

And, in this version, the clicking of glasses is just explained away as a ritual.

Finally, trivia buffs will want to know about this myth concerning toasting: 
If you don’t look the person you’re toasting in the eye you’ll be cursed with seven years of bad sex. Hmmmm. :-)