The Temperature Tip You Need For Sabering Champagne

Champagne seems like it was made to pair with special events like birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, or any time you want to celebrate. What's more, that infamous "pop" that the bottle makes when it's opened is almost as exciting as drinking it. But when it comes time to pop your bottle of bubbly, removing the cork or stopper can go one of two ways it seems — it's either removed in an underwhelming manner or it can be outright dangerous if you don't know what you're doing.

Personal safety aside, knowing how to open a bottle of champagne is something everyone needs to know how to do, as reported by Town & Country. Being able to open it is one thing, but knowing how to open your bottle with a flair worthy of the bubbly and in a way that adds to the revelry is a skill everyone should have in their repertoire. And the ultimate form of panache when it comes to popping a bottle can come when using something other than a bottle opener.

Using a knife to open champagne

Have you ever been to a celebratory event and watched someone open a bottle of champagne by cutting the top off with a large knife? If so, then you've probably witnessed what's known as sabering. This is probably the most dramatic way to open champagne and it's a crowd-pleaser. According to Vine Pair, many attribute the maneuver to soldiers during the Napoleonic Wars using a sword, or saber, to open the bottles.

There's more to this method than just a flashy party trick. Believe it or not, it's an art form and one trick to successful sabering is maintaining an ideal temperature to ensure the glass doesn't shatter when it's struck with the blade. As noted by Food & Wine, the sweet spot is when the bottle is between 45 and 48 degrees Fahrenheit. If you want to impress your friends or family at your next big event, grab a thermometer, a sharp knife, and of course, a bottle of bubbly.