How To Open A Bottle Of Champagne With A Spoon
Opening a bottle of champagne with a sword is one thing but doing it with a spoon - now that's impressive. Impress your friends and family with this new skill!
Step 1: You will need
- 1 spoon
- 1 Bottle of champagne
- 1 Ice bucket
- 1 Napkin
- 1 Pretty young lady to impress
Step 2: Prepare the champagne
Make sure you use chilled champagne that has not been shaken.
Top tip: Unless you're loaded you may want to practice on a cheap bottle of champagne or cava before moving on to your favourite vintage.
Take the bottle from the ice bucket and remove and moisture with a napkin.
Holding the bottle firmly, peel away the foil and carefully remove the cage.
Step 3: Locate the crease
The spoon can only conquer the bottle once you've located it's weakest point. This is called the crease. It's the seam that joins the two halves of the bottle together and is at it's weakest where it meets the lip. This is where you need to strike.
Step 4: Select your weapon
We are going to use a silver spoon but you can use anything from a wooden cooking spoon to a ladle.
Step 5: Take aim
The cork and the top of the bottle will fly off with quite some force so choose your trajectory carefully and never point the top of the bottle at your audience.
Step 6: Spoon at the ready
Hold the bottle firmly and parallel to the floor. Grip the spoon by the handle and place it horizontally against the neck of the bottle. Make sure that the blade is at a right angle with the neck of the bottle so that as much of it's surface will hit the lip as possible.
Step 7: Fire
Slide the spoon along the bottle to get a feel for the movement. When you are ready and in one firm, fluid movement slide the blade up the bottle's neck so it connects with the lip at the point of the crease. The cork and the top of the bottle should fly out.
Step 8: Spill
Allow some champagne to gush out before you return it to the vertical position so that any shards of glass are washed away.
Step 9: Pour
All the glass should have been removed but after you have poured the champagne hold it up to the light to check for any stray pieces.
Do not touch the top of the bottle there may be some very sharp edges.