Having parties is great, whether they be birthday parties or dinner parties, Christmas parties or retirement parties. It’s always heartwarming to get the opportunity to meet with people and chat with friends and family.
The only things you need for a great gasthering are the right people, a few drinks and some delicious food. If you want to let your guests know how much you care you have to make the best food you know how, it’s always so much more personal if you made the food yourself, and some great drinks. Ever since time immemorial the right drinks have been an intrinsic aspect of celebrations.From the Greeks offering wine to the gods as an element of sacrifice to breaking bottles of champagne on the prow of a ship when it’s launched there’s been a symbolism to alcohol.
Wine glasses are traditionally struck together in many cultures; in Scandinavia if pointy the glass toward the person you’re ‘skolling’ and maintain eye contact, in other cultures the glasses have to touch. This tradition is thought by some to come from pouring a little of your wine from your white wine glasses into their red wine glasses to prove that you haven’t poisoned their drink and are prepared to share what they are drinking. Others believe it’s more of a simple handshake with a glass in your hand.
Back when alcohol was hard to produce it was seen as being far more valuable than it is nowadays and the low price means that people can easily develop alcohol dependency issues. When alcohol began being mass produced it brought about an epidemic of abuse which was a public scandal in the 18 th century, William Hogarth is probably the one most famous for highlighting it in his painting ‘Gin Alley’. However, in times of typhus being a brewer was probably one of the safest jobs around, you were paid in beer while your contemporaries drank infected water you could sup away on sterile ale.