ALRIGHT, ALRIGHT, ALRIGHT- so maybe I’m not the best person to show you how to open champagne but I figured maybe a post on walking you through it could help?
To be honest I was the WORST employee on the planet. No really, I was like the worst.
I was late, worked on my blog in the bathroom stall, made to-do lists for The Skinny Confidential, & even snuck in taking Instagrams…all while mixing Bleu cheese martinis & entertaining guests. ( WHAT A GREAT LESSON IN HOW TO MULTI-TASK! ).
Granted- I did pick up a thing or two.
I started in the restaurant industry when I was 14!!! Hostessed all through high school, became a cocktail server for 3 years, & then bartended for like 4 years. So yes, I’m not the best employee BUT a big part of my life was spent behind the bar.
Anyway, typically I’m ::pretty:: good at opening champagne- it’s kind of a 50/50 thing…it’s a hit or miss really.
My dad, Brad, who is a restaurateur, taught me to always have your champagne ‘KISS.’ ( Speaking of restaurants: he’s opening one soon in Del Mar- I cannot WAIT. It will be called ALCE which means MOOSE in Spanish ).
WHAT’S A CHAMPAGNE ‘KISS’ YOU ASK?
Well it’s this sound that isn’t like popping. It sounds like the champagne is almost breathing a breath OUT. It’s not too loud at all. Kind of like a little POP. Does anyone else know what I mean?
I tried to make a tutorial for you guys- it’s quick, but in all honesty my bartending skills are a little rusty. Looks like I need to break open some champagne tonight? One reason is as good as another, right?
Anyway- here’s HOW TO OPEN CHAMPAGNE ( welllllllll kind of? ):
CHAMPAGNE BOTTLE OPENING TUTORIAL:
Here’s the step by step for you: HOW TO OPEN CHAMPAGNE:
♡ Remove foil. Discard…or THROW IT OVER YOUR SHOULDER.
♡ Loosen up the wire cage. Flip down the small wire “key” that’s pressed up against the neck of the bottle at the bottom of the wire cage that encloses the cork.
♡ Place a towel over the bottle’s top- I love to use something with a little grip.
♡ Twist the bottom hand until the cork eases out.
♡ Try to make a ‘KISS’ sound- go slow. A soft pop is what you’re going for. Smile, serve in a chilled glass, & add some pomegranate seeds if you’re feeling festive.
( thank you Daddy, for teaching me the ‘KISS’ trick! )
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HOPEFULLY I CAN SHOW YOU GUYS ON IG STORIES a real kiss, the video doesn’t really make the sound I want but you get the drift.
Are you a champagne drinker? Also, while we are on the topic: are there any skinny drinks you want me to make on The Skinny Confidential– get creative. I had a lot of time on my hands when I was a bartender.
Hope you’re all having a productive week. Talk soon, x
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