New from Alton Brown: A Daring Way to Open Champagne

New from Alton Brown: A Daring Way to Open Champagne
Cook Smart

"You're probably not cool enough anyway."

Although he prefaces the tutorial with a lengthy warning not to try this at home (“since we live in the age of the litigator”), this week’s episode of Cook Smart is dedicated to the art of opening a bottle of Champagne with a saber.

To begin, you need a bottle of French Champagne (“because they usually use thicker glass”), turn it upside down in a bucket of ice for at least 10 minutes so the bottle is as cold as possible.

Next, Alton goes through the physics of the feat he’s about to attempt (“this is serious business”).

Assuming that you indeed have a saber (or similar sword) in your possession, you can follow along with Alton as he details the perfect approach to opening your Champagne with a weapon of battle.

Once again, Alton has thoughtfully provided written instructions for greater study before you attempt the task.

In case you missed it, here's last week's episode of Cook Smart.

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