Why do we clinck glasses before drinking?

Why do we Clink glasses before drinking?

As usual, this being an old practice has many many theories as to why Clinking originated

  • early Europeans believed that the sound of clashing tankards would scare away evil spirits.
  • A more recent notion suggests an appreciation among revelers for all five senses: sight, taste, smell, and, with the clinking, sound and touch.

But the most provocative theory of all — and one that’s much-debated — is attached to an ancient fear that an enemy might try to poison a drink. To prove that a drink was safe, a host would pour some of his guest’s wine into his own drinking vessel and drink it first. This evolved into crashing tankards together so that a little of each drink spilled into the other. Eventually, guests and hosts demonstrated their friendship (and their trust) by touching glasses.

Next question: Why do we say Cheers?

2 Responses to “Why do we clinck glasses before drinking?”

  1. 1 Trish
    August 3, 2009 at 8:51 am

    So – why do we say cheers?

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