What is it about opening a bottle of bubbly that channels the savage beast? Some see a mini howitzer in every Champagne bottle, forever aiming the cork at the nearest chandelier. Others want to shake and spray their bottles without any thought to wasting this golden elixir. It’s time to mute the mayhem and open bubbly with the safety and style that this supernal beverage deserves. Follow my six steps to siphoning that cork from the bottle without losing one fermented drop.
- CHILL – Coldness minimizes the pressure in the bottle so make sure it’s super cold.
- PROTECT – Always point the bottle in a safe direction and keep a thumb over it during the entire opening process.
- STRIP – Peel the foil and unwrap the wire cage covering the cork, sliding it off with your thumb still at the ready.
- COVER – Slip a towel or cloth napkin over the bottle’s neck. This will help you grip the cork and catch it in the event of a premature eruption.
- TURN – Holding the bottle at a slight angle, grip the cork firmly through the towel. Then, with your other hand, turn the base of the bottle slowly in one direction.
- PUFF – Your cork will “puff” open, preventing spillage and any midnight trips to the emergency room.
Now that you’re equipped with a foolproof method for popping a celebratory bottle, check out my latest book and find alternatives to Champagne for your next occasion in How to Drink Like a Billionaire (Regan Arts).