My goal is to gather a resource of toasts. I think they are a lot of fun and sometimes, quite necessary. If you have any to send me, I would be delighted to add them to the collection, along with any thing else, like the little secrets I found, that make this a fun and interesting place to spend a bit of time or discovery.

My toast categories are not the best; sort of confusing. For example, there is a toast to age that is supposed to be from Ireland - so maybe I should put it under both... and there is some discussion as to whether some of the toasts are actually Irish or Scottish... I will work on it.

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"IN the sixteenth century when there were no Water Boards, water was really dangerous to drink; everybody in England drank ale, beer and wine. England's population was then less than the population of London today, and the quota of great statesmen, soldiers, sailors, philosophers, poets and dramatists reared on beer and wine in those days compares favourably with the greatness reached in our own sober times." -AL Simmons, Daily Telegraph, April 1931



Wine Toasts

Scottish Toasts

Health Toasts

Tongue Twisters

Irish Blessings

Toasts to Age





A few bits of ancient information we have lost along the way...

To Properly Toast Another
(From The Irish Hubbub, or the English Hue and Crie, Barnabe Rich, 1617)

He that begins the health hath prescribed orders; first uncovering his head he takes a full cup in his hand, and settling his countenance with a grave aspect, he crave an audience; silence being once obtained, he begins to breathe out the name peradventure of some honourable personage, that was worthy of a better regard than to have his name polluted at so unfitting a time, amongst a company of drunkards, but his health is drunk to, and he that pledges must likewise off with his cap, kisse his fingers, and bow himself in sign of reverent acceptance. When the leader sees his follower thus prepared, he sups up his breath, turns the bottom of his cup upward, and in ostentation of his dexteritie gives the cup a phillip to make it cry twange, and thus the first scene is acted.


Six Ways To Prevent Intoxication
(From Valuable Secrets Concerning Arts and Trades, 1795)

1. Take white cabbage's, and four pomegranate's juices, two ounces of each, with one of vinegar. Boil all together for some time to the consistance of a syrup. Take one ounce of this before you are going to drink, and drink afterwards as much, and as long, as you please.

2. Eat five or six bitter almonds fasting; this will have the same effect.

3. It is affirmed that if you eat mutton or goat's lungs roasted, cabbage, or any feed; or wormwood, it will absolutely prevent the bad effects which result from the excess of drinking.

4. You may undoubtedly prevent the accidents resulting from hard drinking, if before dinner you eat, in salad, four or five tops of raw cabbages.

5. Take some swallows' beaks, and burn them in a crucible. When perfectly calcified crush them on a stone, and put some of that powder in a glass of wine, and drink it. Whatever wine you may drink to excess afterwards, it will have no effect upon you. The whole body of the swallow, prepared in the same manner, will have the same effect.

6. Pound in a mortar the leaves of a peach tree, and squeeze the juice of them in a basin. Then, fasting, drink a full glass of that liquor, and take whatever excess of wine you will on that day, and you will not be intoxicated.



How to Reform Those who Drink Too Much Wine
(From Valuable Secrets Concerning Arts and Trades, 1795)

Put in a sufficient quantity of wine three or four large eels, which leave there till quite dead. Give that wine to drink to the person you want to reform, and he or she will be so much disgusted of wine, that tho' they formerly made much use of it, they will now have quite an aversion to it.




Toasts about Wine

Rain makes the vines grow
Vines make the wine flow–
Oh Lord! Let it rain!

God made man,
Frail as a bubble.
Man made love;
Love made trouble.
God made the vine.
Was is it a sin
that man made wine
to drown trouble in?
(Oliver Hereford)

Good wine makes good blood;
Good blood causeth good humors;
Good thoughts bring forth good works;
Good works carry a man to heaven.
Ergo: Good wine carrieth a man to heaven.
(James Howell)

He who clinks his cup with mine
Adds a glory to the wine.
(George Sterling)

May friendship, like wine, improve as time advances.
And may we always have old wine, old friends and young cares.

Wine enhances every meal.
But to the French, wine enhances life itself.

When wine enlivens the heart
May friendship surround the table.

Wine improves with age. I like it more the older I get.




Scottish Toasts

Here's tae us! Wha's like us?
Dam foo and they're all deed.

Here's to you an' yours,
No forgettin' us an' oors;
An' whenever you an' yours
Comes to see us an' oors,
Us an' oors'll be as guid
To you an' yours,
As ever you an' yours
Was to us an' oors,
Whenever us an' oors
Cam to see you an' yours.

O, wad, some pow'r the giftie gie us
To see oursels as others see us!
It wad frae money a blunder free us. (Robert Burns)

The deil rock them in the creel that does na' wish us a' weel.

Up wi' your glasses, an' deil tak the hindmaist!

Here's to them that lo'es us, or lends us a lift.

Here's grand luck, and' muckle fat weans.

Here's tae auld Scotland, the land o' our birth,
wi' it's hulls where stormy winds whistle.
Ye can sit for a month on the shamrock an' the rose,
But ye canna sit land on the thistle!

May the winds o' adversity ne'er blaw open our door.

May your life be like good Scotch
Smooth and clear.
And like good Scotch
May it improve with
Every passing year.

Blythe may we a' be
Ill may we never see!

A guid New Year to yin and a'
And mony may you see,
And may the mouse ne'er run out o'
Your girnel wi' a tear in its 'e.

May the best ye've ever seen
Be the worst ye'll ever see.




Toasts about Health

The health of a salmon to you: a long life, a full heart and a wet mouth!

To your good health old friend, may you live for a thousand years, and I be there to count them.




Tongue Twisters

Here's a health to all those that we love,
Here's a health to all those that love us,

Here's a health to all those that love them that love those that love them that love those that love us.

Here's to you two and to we two,
If you two love we too
As we two love you two
Then here's to we four!
But if you two don't love we two
As we two love you two,
Then here's to we two and no more.

Here's to you,
Here's two to you,
Here's two to you two, too,
And to you two, too, here's two.





May the Irish hills caress you.
May her lakes and rivers bless you.
May the luck of the Irish enfold you.
May the blessings of St. Patrick behold you.

Saint Patrick was a gentleman,
Who, through strategy and stealth,
Drove all the snakes from Ireland-
Here's a bumper to his health.
But not too many bumpers,
Lest we lose ourselves, and then
Forget the good Saint Patrick,
And see the snakes again.

Here's to you, _______________. When God measures you, may
he put the tape around your big, generous heart and not around your
your small and foolish head.

May those who love us love us;
And those that don't love us,
May God turn their hearts:
And if He doesn't turn their hearts
May he turn their ankles,
So we'll know them by their limping.

Here's a health to your enemies' enemies!

Here's that ye may never die nor be kilt till ye break your bones o'er a bushel of glory.

Here's to the eyes in your head and none in your spuds.

May meat always sweeten your pot.

May the day keep fine for you.

May the devil say a prayer for you.

May the enemies of Ireland never meet a friend.

May the horns of your cattle touch heaven.

May what goes down not come back up again.

May the path to hell grow green
For lack of travelers.

May you have the hindsight to know where you've been,
the forsight to know where you're going,
and the insight to when when you're going too far.

May you never give cherries to pigs or advice to a fool
nor praise the green corn till you've seen the ripe field.

May you never have to eat your hat.

There are many good reasons for drinking
One has just entered my head-
If a man doesn't drink while he's living
How the hell can he drink when he's dead?

May your troubles be as far apart as my grandmothers teeth.

May there always be work for your hands to do;
May your purse always hold a coin or two;
May the sun always shine on your windowpane;
May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain;
May the hand of a friend always be near you;
May God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.

May the saints protect you,
And sorrow neglect you,
And bad luck to the one
that doesn't respect you.

You're not as young as you used to be
But you're not as old as you're going to be
So watch it!



Toasts to Age

To the good old days... we weren't so good
'Cause we weren't so old!

To the Old Guard, the older we grow,
The more we take and the less we know.
At least the young men tell us so,
But the day will come, when they shall know
Wxactly how far a glass can go,
To win the battle, 'gainst age, the foe.
Here's youth... in a glass of wine.
(James Monroe Mclean)

You're not as young as you used to be
But you're not as old as you're going to be
So watch it!

Here's hoping that you live forever
and mine is the last voice you hear.
(Willard Scott)

May virtue and truth
guide you in youth.
Catnip and sage
Cheer your old age
(found in a geography book dated 1880, Cuttingsville, Vermont)

To the old, long life and treasure;
To the young, all health and pleasure.

Here's a health to the future;
A sigh for the past;
We can love and remember,
And hope to the last,
And for all the base lies
That the almanacs hold
While there's love in the heart,
We can never grow old.

Do not resist growing old -
Many are denied the priviledge.