It can be quite an intimidating act if you do not know how to pop champagne. Everyone has heard the stories of flying corks and overflowing, frothing bottles. These are things that most of us simply would like to avoid. Well, believe it or not, opening a champagne bottle is actually quite a simple act and if you follow just a couple of easy steps, you will find that popping a bottle is a snap.
- First, you never want to pop champagne unless it is properly chilled. Well, actually, you never want to pop champagne unless it is chilled, if you plan on drinking it. Popping a warm champagne bottle will produce a frothing, overflowing fountain of champagne. Therefore, if you want to put on a show, then open up the bottle of champagne while it is warm. Otherwise, the champagne should be chilled to around 45 degrees Fahrenheit. The outside of the bottle should be cold, not just cool.
- For safety, wipe of any moisture that has condensed on the champagne bottle using a towel. This will allow you to get a firm grip, and it will prevent the bottle from slipping out of your hands.
- Next, carefully loosen and remove the wire cage that secures the cork in place. Be very careful here, and make sure the bottle is pointed away from your face, any guests and any valuables. Because of the tremendous pressure inside, champagne bottles have been known to pop on their own, as soon as the wire cage is loosened.
- The next step is to pop champagne. Again, be careful, and make sure the bottle is pointed away from you and your guests. To pop the bottle of champagne, firmly grasp the cork with one of your hands. Next, begin twisting the bottle with your other hand. Do not try to wiggle the cork at the same time. This will only cause you to lose control of the cork. While you twist, you will hear a pop as soon as the bottle is opened. If you want to ensure that the cork does not go flying across the room, put a towel over the end of the bottle while you twist. If you want the cork to go flying across the room, loosen your grip while you twist. Just be careful about where you are aiming.
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