The act of ‘toasting’ originated in England during the 17th century. They added spiced bread to their wine in order to cut through the acidity while increasing the flavour.
In France, pouring your own drink is considered vulgar. Furthermore, ladies are always served first, and glasses shan’t be filled more than half way.
In Nigeria, a couple isn’t considered truly married until they’ve both taken a sip of what they call ‘Palm Wine.’
In Spain, it is believed that toasting with a glass of water will curse you with 7 years of bad sex.
Most Italians will only drink wine or water with their meals. It’s considered a no-no to drink anything else.
In Portugal, they open bottles of port with red hot tongs and some ice.
In Germany, groomsmen will kidnap the bride a night before her wedding. In order for the groom to get her back, he must first buy them all a round of beer.
In Japan, you never pour your own drink. You keep your neighbours glass full and they’ll do the same. Also, when taking a sip, some drinkers will turn away from the group as a sign of respect.
In Holland, they’ve developed a method of drinking whiskey that requires bending from the waist and picking up the shot with your mouth then downing it before chasing it with beer.
In India, alcohol is used by plenty of people as a way to ‘reach a higher level on consciousness.’
In Dawson City, Canada, you can take a shot that has a preserved human toe in it. It’s called the ‘sour toe cocktail.’ When you do the shot, the bartender will say ‘Drink it fast or drink it slow, but your lips must touch the toe.
In the Czech Republic, you must make eye contact with the person you’re toasting with. Also, don’t you dare let your arms cross during a toast, or you’ll be cursed with 7 years of bad sex.
During a toast in China, elder people must hold their glasses higher than the juniors.
In Georgia, toasting is a big deal. Georgians will toast upwards of 25 times a meal. If you’re a foreigner, you’re expected to participate, other wise it’s considered rude.
At Ukrainian weddings, if the bride doesn’t keep her feet on the floor at all times, her show will be stolen and passed around for people to drink out of.