How To Open Champagne Like A Champ

It”s almost time to ring in the New Year. Until now, I myself feared opening a bottle of champagne and always made someone else handle the job. Would I shoot the cork into someone’s eye or, worse, spilling all of the champagne?  With everyone in such a celebratory mood and the impending engagement frenzy upon us, I thought I’d summarize a great tutorial by the domestic goddess, Martha Stewart.

  1. Chill the Champagne to 45 degrees.  This comes out to about three hours in the fridge and 30 minutes in the ice bucket.
  2. Cut the foil.
  3. Wrap a towel around the bottle to catch the cork.
  4. Hold neck of bottle while securing the top of the cork with your thumb.
  5. Twist off the cage, but make sure you continue to hold the cork.
  6. Hold the bottom of the bottle with the other hand, making sure to hold the bottle at a 45-degree angle.
  7. Turn the bottle slowly and release the cork.

Martha has a video tutorial if you’d like to see this in action.


– Ashlee, Brunette Contributor