Why do we toast before drinking?

But the clink of glasses didn’t stop with ancient civilizations. According to The Daily Meal, in the Middle Ages, aggressively clinking glasses together was almost a means of survival. People were toasting their glasses so that the drink inside the two glasses spilled into each other. It was done to ensure one person was not trying to poison the other and was a way to build trust and responsibility between those toasting, according to the Sydney Morning Herald. (It is also said that some believed the sound of the wire fence could scare away evil spirits.)

While you’re probably not toasting potential poisoners today, there’s still a reason people keep toasting. According to the Farmer’s Almanac, the reason people still clink glasses to this day has more to do with the overall drinking experience. You may be familiar with the drinking methods to improve the flavor and perception of the drink profile, but the actual tinkling is said to enhance the drinking experience as well. Turns out today’s clinking of glasses has everything to do with using all your senses. As the Herald explains, from the feel of the glassware to the sound the glasses make, the action of clinking the glasses is said to pique the senses and tune you even more into the moment.