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Wine and the art of toasting

An important aspect of drinking any alcohol is the toast. You can of course, mumble a hasty ‘Cheers!’ and get on with the drinking. Or, you could jazz up the occasion with a dash of wit. If you’re in the mood for the latter, you might find these useful.

‘May our children have wealthy parents.’

‘If the ocean was wine and I was a duck, I would swim to the bottom and drink myself up. But the ocean’s not wine and I’m not a duck, so let’s drink these glasses and shut the duck up.’
By the way, that last ‘duck’ is spelt wrong.

If you’re at a wedding, this could come handy:
‘To the three rings of marriage: the engagement ring, the wedding ring, and the suffering.’

If you want to go naughty go with this:
‘Here’s to lobster tail and beer. Three of my favorite things.’

Because hell is probably where most of us will end up, here’s a toast to it -
‘Here’s to hell: May the stay there be as fun as the way there.’

And here’s a good one, unless of course you refer to an IQ test -
‘Let’s drink to staying positive and testing negative.’

If you want to go international try these.
‘Ichi-go ichi-e.’ - A Japanese toast that means ‘for this time only’, basically to say – enjoy the people you’re with in that space and moment.

‘Lang may yer lum reek.’ - A traditional Scottish Hogmanay toast that means ‘Long may your chimney smoke.’ A word of caution though: Be careful that you don’t accidentally replace the l in ‘lum’ with a b.

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