It's pretty much a worldwide custom to make a toast while you have a few drinks friends or celebrate a special occasion. In America, we say "cheers", as you well know. But in Spanish, you say ¡salud!
But personally, I find that particular toast a bit plain, which brings us to the topic of today's post.
¡Arriba, abajo, al centro, pa' dentro!
While we can make a literal translation, there's no equivalent expression in English that I'm aware of. Memorize this and say it right before you slam down your favorite tequila, or whatever your drink of choice is. OK, maybe you don't have to slam it down, but it might make the night more interesting.
At each step, be sure to "clink" or touch glasses.
"Arriba" (Literally translates to "up". Touch the rim of your glasses)
"Abajo" (Literally translates to "down". Touch the bottom of your glasses)
"Al centro" (Literally translates to "center". Touch the middle of your glasses)
"Pa' dentro or Adentro" (Literally translates to "inside". Drink from glass immediately, bottoms up!)
You probably noticed the pal in front of the first three steps on the image. That's just a contraction for para al. The pa on step four is a contraction for para. You can toast with or without the contractions up to step three. You have to say pa or para on step four.
Also, our image shows the glass literally being held high and low, but those movements are exaggerated. You'll hold your glasses in the same position as you would making other toast and just go through the motions I described.
Here's a variation of this wonderful toast. The words have changed (just a little) but motions are the same.
Arriba, abajo, al centro, con un movimiento, el vaso a la boca y todo adentro
Simple, right? Well, I say you head to the closest cantina (bar) and practice this until you get it right.
Also be sure to visit my sister blog and read my post 3 Ways to ask for happy hour specials in Spanish.
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