Learn The Easiest Way To Sabre A Champagne Bottle

Sabreing a champagne bottle doesn't really require a sword — a long chef's knife will do. While it doesn't make your bubbly taste better or pour smoother, it's a fun way to kick off a ceremony and impress your guests. If you're into the idea, the folks at Bon Appetit show you how it's done in this video.

Essentially, the keys to easy sabreing is to get a nice, cold, wide-bottomed bottle of bubbly, remove the foil and the cage around the cork, hold it near the bottom, and angle it up about 30-45 degrees. Then, put the blade against the neck of the bottle, and angle that about 45 degrees from the bottle. A dull knife works best (if for no other reason than that you don't want to damage your knife); you may even want to use the back of your knife instead of the sharp end.

Then slide the blade up along the neck of the bottle in one strong, swift motion. You're not trying to pull the cork out of the bottle so much as you'll use the force and pressure to pop the entire top of the glass off, cork and all. You can see it in slow motion above. It takes a little practice, but it's definitely impressive if you can get it right. Hit the link below to read more.

How to Saber a Champagne Bottle [Bon Appetit]


    I was always afraid of the possibility of getting bits of glass in the drink, and also wasting precious alcohol.

      I was worried about that too but I think the fact that the bottle neck fractures only half-way up the cork is probably what protects the bubbly goodness inside from shards of glass. At the moment the bottle breaks, the cork is still actually sealing the nearside of the bottle and as it moves out and away would pull most, if not all, of the small fragments of glass with it or out to the sides.

      Not to mention all the pressure blowing outwards from the bottle.

      Last edited 25/11/13 3:55 pm

    It's spelt 'sabring' not sabreing. Just like centre becomes centring.

    from a dictionary:
    sa•bre (ˈseɪ bər)
    n., v.t. -bred, -bring.
    Chiefly Brit. saber.

    I always wondered how exactly this worked? I do this with a butchers knife and beer, but I cant seem to get my head around the fact the glass breaks so cleanly at where it should be it's strongest and absolutely shatter.

    Excellent way to kick off a celebration though.

    Cool.. I am SO doing this on Xmas morning when the family gathers to unwrap prizes and we kick things off with a champers... might have to practice a couple times first... life can be tough sometimes ;)

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