A Cut Above
This Is How You Pop That Champagne Bottle
As fun as it is to watch a stream of Champagne fly into the air (like in every movie, ever), it really isn't a blast to have sticky residue all over your couch the next morning. Opening a bottle of bubbly is pretty much a cinch. If you've never done it before — and there's no shame in that — there's no time like NYE to start poppin' like a pro. Cheers! Step 1: Chill the bottle in an ice-water bucket. Step 2: Dry with a dish towel to get a firm grip. Step 3: Peel off the foil. Step 4: Angle the bottle at 45 degrees and grip the neck so your thumb is pressing firmly on the cork. Step 5: Twist open the wire cage, but keep your thumb on that cork. Step 6: Rotate the Champagne bottle until the cork pops. Step 7: Pour the Champagne into flutes.