Kerill Hutchings, a top notch purveyor of high end cocktails at the Whiskey Bar in Boise, Idaho recently told me something about the tradition of a “Cheers” that I hadn’t previously heard:

Have you ever wondered why people “clink” their glasses before having a drink? Everyone says “Cheers” and then you’re supposed to drink right away.

The logic is to activate all 5 senses. When we drink, we see, touch, smell and taste, but we don’t hear anything. We activate 4 senses while the 5th sense, hearing, is not activated. The cheers activates the 5th sense.

This appealed to me because it reminds me of how cocktail bitters contributes to a well made cocktail – the tongue is capable of tasting 5 different flavors: sweet, salty, bitter, sweet and umami. Activating all 5 tastes makes a well-rounded cocktail the same way a “Cheers” can complete the entire drinking experience!

This appealed to me because it reminds me of how cocktail bitters contributes to a well made cocktail – the tongue is capable of tasting 5 different flavors: sweet, salty, bitter, sweet and umami. Activating all 5 tastes makes a well-rounded cocktail the same way a “Cheers” can complete the entire drinking experience!


With that in mind, I decided to enlist the assistance from our local bartending community at Bartenders of Idaho. I asked to “Post your favorite toast”, and here are some of the responses:

  • Cheers
  • Here’s to hell and let’s hope it’s just as fun as the path there!
  • May you be in heaven an hour before the devil knows you’re dead.
  • Here’s to you, here’s to me… friends for life we’ll always be… but, if we find that we disagree… F*** you here’s to me!
  • Father, son, holy ghost, whomever gets there the fastest gets the most!
  • Here’s to p***y and gun powder…live by one, die by the other and live the smell of both
  • “Omae Wa Mou Shindeiru” – You are already dead
  • Here’s to the men we love…Here’s to the men who love us…Here’s to the men we love that don’t love us…F*** the men – Cheers to US!
  • Here’s to your (w)hole…………………………………………………………………………………………family
  • Here is to the stork, where the good children come from. Here is to the raven, where the bad children come from. And here is to the swallow, where no children come from.
  • Cheers to all that wish us well, all the rest can go to hell
  • Here’s to honor, if you get honor, stay honor. If you fall off er, get back honor, and if you can’t come in er, come honor
  • Cheers big ears/ some goes big nose
  • Here’s to sharks and condoms, two things we don’t f*** around with!
  • Heres to the stork that brings all the good babies, To the crow that brings all the bad babies, but mostly to the swallow that brings no babies at all
  • Here’s to swimmin’ with bowl-legged women
  • Ching ching ding-a-ling
  • Here’s to having as much fun as you can before you get too old to remember all the fun you had!
  • Here’s to the men that we love. Here’s to the men that love us. Here’s to the men that will never love us. Fuck all the men and here’s to us!!!!
  • Champagne for my real friends, real pain for my sham friends!
  • Here’s to women’s underwear it’s not the greatest thing in the world, but it’s right next to it!
  • Here’s to the Army and Navy and the battles they have won, here’s to America’s colors, the colors that never run
  • Here’s to you, here’s to me, and if you shall happen to not agree, F U here’s to me!
  • Here’s to all the virgins, thanks for nothing!!!
  • Here’s to you, here’s to me, the best of friends we shall always be. If we should ever disagree than f*** you here’s to me.