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Video:How to Saber a Champagne Bottle

with Brice from Bubble Lounge

During the Napoleonic era, victories were often celebrated with a champagne sabrage. Learn how to remove the top of a champagne bottle using this impressive technique.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Saber a Champagne Bottle

Hi, I'm Brice from Bubble Lounge in New York City for About.com Food, and today I'm going to show you how to saber a bottle of champagne.

Materials Needed to Saber Champagne

So to saber a bottle, you will need a champagne saber and a chilled bottle of champagne, which the tip of the champagne has to be really cold, as we are actually going to break the edge of the glass.

What is a Champagne Saber?

So let me just show you the champagne saber. It's just a regular knife, but it doesn't have to be sharp, as you can see I put my fingers on it. If you don't have a champagne saber you can use a kitchen knife, but not the sharp side, but the back of the side when I will show you how to slide it against the bottle neck.

Why Saber Champagne Bottles?

It has been known that Napoleon was the first to saber champagne after each victory, therefore we are sabering champagne.

Prepare the Bottle to Saber

So as I mentioned earlier, the tip of the champagne has to be really cold as we are actually going to break the head off it. So first you unwrap the champagne. You actually have to take off the whole aluminum foil as you are going to follow through with the saber along the side of the bottle. You do have to take off the middle part, but the cork will not go away as it is really cold.

Hitting the Bottle Mark

There is a little rim that you have to use as a mark - you are going to use with the saber as you go along the bottle. So to make sure the champagne doesn't go out of the bottle, you have to make sure that you keep the bottle at an angle of 45 degrees, so that when you go along with the saber the champagne will still be inside and not overflowing out of the bottle.

Strike the Champagne Bottle

You do not have to be scared, just follow through with the movement, it's not with the wrist its with the elbow. Just go from one shot. There you are. And please do not be afraid as there will not be any particles of glass inside the bottle. The pressure will break away everything and blow it away from the bottle. As you can see the cork is neat and there is absolutely no glass in the champagne.

Serve the Champagne

So after we've sabered the champagne and poured it, if you haven't actually poured the bottle in one serving, please be careful as the edge is very sharp and you could cut yourself.

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