How to Open a Bottle Of Champagne

The trick is to pop the cork with style and flair—and without creating a dangerous projectile.


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You Will Need

  • A cold bottle of champagne
  • A towel
  • A bucket of ice water
  • Salt (table or rock)


  1. Step 1

    Make sure bottle is chilled

    Champagne is best opened when very cold, so make sure you’re working with a well-chilled bottle. 43 to 48 degrees is ideal.

  2. Put the bottle in a champagne bucket full of ice. To speed up the chilling process, add cold water and a little salt.

  3. Step 2

    Dry bottle & point cork

    Dry off the bottle so you can get a good grip, and point the cork away from people.

  4. Step 3

    Peel foil wrapper

    Peel off the foil wrapper, keeping the wire cage intact.

  5. Step 4

    Grip bottle

    Loosely grip the bottle’s neck, placing your thumb on top of the cork.

  6. Step 5

    Untwist wire cage

    Begin untwisting the wire cage, keeping your finger (or palm) firmly over the cork.

  7. Drape a towel over the bottle’s cork and neck for added protection.

  8. Step 6

    Twist bottle & pull down

    Don’t twist the cork at all. Keeping a good grip on the cork, and the bottle at a 45-degree angle, twist the fat part of the bottle as you pull the bottle down.

  9. Step 7

    Pop and pour

    When you hear the tell-tale soft pop, you’re home free—pour away!

  10. A study has shown that consuming moderate amounts of champagne may help the brain cope with the trauma of a stroke, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s disease.