Josh sabreing a bottle of Laherte Freres Champagne

How to Sabre a Bottle*

*and not look like a twit

Sabreing a bottle is a classic party trick that is sure to impress your guests. It involves using a special sword, known as a sabre or saber, to slice off the top of a Champagne bottle. The process is both dramatic and elegant, and when done correctly, it results in a clean break that leaves the cfizz ready to pour.

To begin, you will need a few things. First and foremost, you will need a Champagne bottle. You can find some here. It’s important to note that not all sparkling wine bottles are created equal. For sabreing, you will need a bottle with a cork that is secured by a metal cage. DO NOT TRY THIS WITH PET NAT - it will explode.

You will also need a sabre. While you can use a kitchen knife or other sharp object, a sabre is designed specifically for this purpose and will give you the best results. We almost always use a solid domestic kitchen knife. Finally, we recommend using safety goggles to protect your eyes*.

The first step in sabreing a bottle is to chill it thoroughly. This will help to reduce the pressure inside the bottle and make it easier to open. You should also remove the foil and loosen the metal cage around the cork. Be careful not to remove it completely, as this can cause the cork to pop prematurely.

Next, hold the bottle firmly in one hand and use the other hand to slide the blade of the sabre along the seam of the bottle. You should aim for the point where the bottle meets the cork. Use a smooth, swift motion to slide the blade up the neck of the bottle, using the curvature of the bottle to guide the blade.

When you reach the lip of the bottle, apply a firm pressure to the blade, using a slight twisting motion. The pressure should be enough to break the glass and cork, but not so much that the bottle shatters. If done correctly, the top of the bottle will break away cleanly, leaving the Champagne ready to pour.

It’s important to note that sabreing a bottle does come with some risks. The pressure inside the bottle can be high, and if the bottle is not chilled enough or if the blade is not properly aligned, the bottle can shatter, sending shards of glass flying. This is why it’s important to wear safety goggles and take precautions to ensure that the process is done correctly.

In conclusion, sabreing a bottle is a fun and impressive party trick that requires some practice and skill. With the right equipment and technique, you can wow your guests with a dramatic display that is sure to be the highlight of the evening. Just remember to take the necessary precautions to ensure that the process is done safely, and enjoy your Champagne responsibly!

*Do as we say, not as we do.

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