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The origin of toast

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New Year’s Eve is coming! Time to celebrate, go out, have a drink with friends… And time to toast. So today we want to talk about the origin of toasting, the moment of a celebration in which guests get up and collide their glasses with each other to express their good wishes.

It is also known as a toast the set of words spoken at that moment. The term comes perhaps from the use of spiced toast to flavour drinks.

Many claim that the act of toasting originated in the fourth century BC, and was made in the ancient Rome to show confidence by the hosts to their guests, in times when poisonings were relatively frequent. When jumping a little liquid from a cup to another, they showed no intention of poisoning their guests.

According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, 1910 edition, the custom of toasting was used to drink to the health of the living and probably was derived from the act of toasting in the religious rites for the dead and the gods.

According to the Royal Spanish Academy, the toast originated in the sixteenth century when celebrating the victory of the army of Charles V on its opponent.

On Monday, May 6, 1527, the troops of Charles V took and sacked Rome. To celebrate this victory, history tells that military commanders filled their glasses with wine, rose them to the front and said the following statement said: “bring dir’s”, “I offer you” in German.

Needless to say that the most common is toasting with champagne or cava, but other types of beverages, whether alcoholic or not can not be excluded.

The celebrations in which traditionally toasts take place are:

  • In the wedding banquets: in these cases the best man is responsible for raising his glass and say a few words to congratulate the couple and show their good wishes to the newly-weds.
  • In the Christmas and New Year holidays: It’s also common to toast in order to wish the best to the guests for the year coming and say goodbye to the one culminating.

In a toast you can collide or not the glasses. Although you only have to make the gesture, there are many times that we like the clash of our glasses with our table neighbours. The right thing is not doing so.

Another theory suggests that the act of hitting the glasses makes the evil spirits to leave the drink at the sound of the glass, so that everyone is safe to drink.

Today we propose a toast with the following champagnes. Cheers!

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Pol Roger Brut Réserve: a wine sparkling with DO Champagne a based on pinot noir and pinot meunier and 12.5º of alcohol.

 

 

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Billecart-Salmon Brut Réserve: a sparkling wine from this DO: Champagne made with pinot noir and pinot meunier grapes and with an alcohol proof of 12.5º.

 

 

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Veuve Clicquot Brut:  a sparkling wine from the Champagne DO from the pinot noir and pinot meunier varieties and with an alcoholic strength of 12º.

 

 

Images: Uvinum and Juan Antonio Capó Alonso

Simple and easy cocktails for new year

 TAGS:It’s time to toast with your loved ones. Besides champagne and wine, which are all on Christmas tables, cocktails are ideal for spending the holidays with family. From Christmas to New Year. Tempting, no?

Sparkling wine are of the favorites drinks for the holidays. That is why you will not take a lot of risks to mix champagne to create delicious cocktails. So you can use leftover open bottles, and avoid waste.

Sparkling wines mixed with fruits is absolutely delicious. Mixing champagne with a touch of peach juice is so simple and original. You?ll surprise your guests by offering this delicious combination.

 TAGS:If you like sweet and creamy (you or your guests, there is nothing like the White Christmas cocktail with amaretto, like the delicious Disaronno Amaretto 1L, your favorite cream liqueur and vodka . Ideal as a dessert. Its preparation is simple, just mix the ingredients described above and throw them in a martini glass for better presentation.

For those who prefer soft or alcohol free drinks, you can opt for fruit juice, very easy to combine with cinnamon, vanilla and a little bit of milk. You can also add sugar to make it sweeter. You can mix the milk with freshly squeezed juices (orange, lemon …) and serve in a crystal glass. Then add spices, like cinnamon or vanilla. You can add ice to make it much cooler.

Red is the color of Christmas. Cocktails are dyed that color to remain faithful to the festive spirit. You will probably love this cocktail, a mixture of campari , redcurrant and strawberry liqueur. An explosive and sweet mixture. You can add red berries.

With what do you like to toast? Ready to buy wine? We recommend two great drinks to make your favorite cocktails:

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Luis Felipe Brandy Gran Reserva

 

 

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Legendario Elixir de Cuba