How to Open a Bottle Of Champagne

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

You will need

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

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.

Step 2 Dry bottle & point cork Dry off the bottle so you can get a good grip, and point the cork away from people.

Step 3 Peel foil wrapper Peel off the foil wrapper, keeping the wire cage intact.

Step 4 Grip bottle Loosely grip the bottle’s neck, placing your thumb on top of the cork.

Step 5 Untwist wire cage Begin untwisting the wire cage, keeping your finger (or palm) firmly over the cork.

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.

Step 7 Pop and pour When you hear the tell-tale soft pop, you’re home free—pour away!