Have you always wanted to learn how to saber Champagne?
It’s only The Best Party Trick EVER…
As a self-taught Champagne Saberer, I will say it can be pretty impressive but also intimidating when all eyes are on you to perform—and pop the cork!
Let me first take you back to my most glamorous situation—proof you need to learn how to saber Champagne in 2020 should you find yourself in such a ridiculously amazing First World situation.
Imagine yourself aboard a legit superyacht in the Cyclades Islands of Greece anchored somewhere in the majestic Mediterranean, French rosé literally pouring all day.
It’s a once-in-a-lifetime picturesque adventure (Katy Perry and friends signed the guest book on the same boat), everyone is feeling the luxurious European vacay vibe—and a little game on the boat deck ensues.
Party tricks all around…
There’s twirling on toes, a bottle of beer popped open with a gold wedding band and some impressive things done with body parts.
Annnnd it’s your turn. No pressure…
You show off your party girl skills and saber a bottle of Champs off that boat like a pro. Whew!
Tips & Tricks
Sabering successes can be beginner’s luck or just good party juju, but there are indeed tricks of the trade to mastering the art and science of sabering a bottle of bubbly.
Let’s skip the science and share what’s worked for me on far less sexier occasions than feeling like a Greek goddess.
Sabering a bottle of bubbly in that mesmerizing setting was a fabulously unimaginable moment, but I still feel a tinge of guilt thinking about catapulting trash into the bottom of God’s exquisitely pristine Aegean Sea.
So before we begin a crash course on the art of sabrage, that’s the first thing you need to know:
Tip #1: There will be broken glass.
The collar and cork with a jagged edge will soar, be impossible to find, and someone will eventually step on it. More on this later.
Tip #2: Note which bottles saber easiest for you.To ensure success (and save embarrassment), the saber pros of the world always suggest using a bottle of a high-end French Champagne for a nice, thicker bottle.
However, I’ve successfully hurdled tops off bottles I know weren’t super fancy, including La Marca Prosecco, which supposedly has less pressure than French Champagne.
Keep a running list of which bottles work for YOU; this is your party trick!
Oh, yeah, and a saber is a sword, as in a wartime weapon, and that’s a seriously covetable party supply. I want this one bad but my weapon of choice in the meantime is a chef’s knife.
Tip #3: The knife should NOT be sharp.
You want force to push the collar off, not the blade to cut into the cork and get stuck. (womp womp) If at first or second swing you don’t succeed, flip the knife around and try the dull edge.
A few more warnings and :
Do not allow anyone, especially over-served friends, near the swing zone of the knife or saber sword!
Do not saber Champagne off a balcony, a boat or on the beach!
You learn by doing, so practice!
Ready to impress your friends and instantly elevate the party vibe?
5 steps to sabering a bottle of bubbly:
- 1Chill out
Take the bottle and plunge it neck first in a bucket or cooler of ice for about 10 minutes. Begin manifesting the moment as the party rocker. You’ve got this.
- 2Delegate duties
Assign a spotter to watch where glass may land and retrieve it (and not the same person who videos it).
- 3Uncage the bubbly beast
Carefully remove the outer foil and gently untwist the cage. It can and will blow without warning, so easy does it.
- 4Assume position
Hold the knife in your dominant hand and rest the bottom of bottle in the other hand. Tilt the bottle upward at a 45-degree angle and find the seam.
- 5Saber and wooooo!
In one fell confident swoop, run the knife up the seam and follow through like a golf swing. Boom! When the woo’s die down, pour the Champs!
"In victory, you deserve Champagne; in defeat, you need it." - Napoleon Bonaparte
More sabering thoughts:
What do Napoleon and Madame Clicquot have to do with your sabering obsession? Everything!