The trick is to pop the cork with style and flair—and without creating a dangerous projectile. You will need a cold bottle of champagne, a towel, a bucket of ice water, and salt (table or rock). Tip: To speed up the chilling process, ass cold water and a little salt. Watch this video to learn how to open a bottle of champagne.
Want to make a Blue Velvet like a champion bartender? This clip will show you how it's done. With the proper technique, mixing the perfect drink can be easy. So easy, in fact, that this free video bartenders' guide can present an overview of the process in about a minute's time. For more information, including a full list of ingredients and complete instructions on how to mix this drink yourself, take a look.
Champagne or sparkling wine is a great treat during a celebration, but what if your champagne is a little dull? It may be flat… a little too old to savor the taste. But there is a remedy. If your champagne or sparkling wine has become flat, simply drop a few raisins into the bottle to revive the bubbles. Cheers!
Not sure what to serve at your next holiday party? Don't settle for just plain old champagne. In this how to video James makes a classic sparkling wine cocktail to accompany a praline chocolate. Watch as he livens up the Prosecco champagne with a hint of amaretto to bring out the flavors of the nutty praline.
Not sure what to serve at your next cocktail party? Why not try a decadent champagne drink that can accompany any chocolate dessert? In this how-to video Lee twists a classic Champagne Cherry Nova. Everyone is sure to enjoy this Prosecco Champagne and cherry liqueur.
Nothing beats a Champagne tower for old-world elegance—so long as you construct it so it doesn’t fall down! Watch this video to learn how to build your own champagne tower. You will need:
Entertaining expert Sebastien Centner demonstrates how to easily and elegantly open a bottle of champagne. This is often called sabering champagne and is the same technique used with bubbly wines like Prosecco.
Bellini is a classic cocktail consisting of peach juice and champagne, and it was invented in Venice… no, not California… Italy. It's a very refreshing drink, and Lynne will show you how to make it.
There's a couple things you can do to prepare for New Year's Eve this year: stock up on your cocktail recipes, make black-eyed peas (AKA Hoppin' John), or find some fireworks to enjoy. Now add one more tradition to the list: sabrage. The practice dates all the way back to the days of Napoleon, when the cavalry would saber bottles of champagne with their bayonets on the battlefield after a victory. Below, three instructional videos on beheading your bottle.
A step by step guide to creating the perfect Kir Royal cocktail; a delicious champagne based drink infused with a subtle hint of black currant. You will need champagne, creme de cassis, a champagne glass, and a spoon. Make a Kir Royal cocktail.
Are you a champagne lover? While the bubbly, airy light honey drink is delicious on its own, you can spice things up a little by pouring the drink into a cocktail of sorts.
Want to make a Black Velvet like a champion bartender? This clip will show you how it's done. With the proper technique, mixing the perfect drink can be easy. So easy, in fact, that this free video bartenders' guide can present an overview of the process in about a minute's time. For more information, including a full list of ingredients and complete instructions on how to mix this drink yourself, take a look.
Bobby Flay is going to show us how to make an amazing drink, fitting for a prestigious set of guests. This non-expensive drink, fitting for a king, is called the 'Sparkling Pear Cocktail', and who better to show us how to make it than Bobby Flay? Do this with your own champagne or sparkling wine, and its simple, only a few ingredients needed. Just your drink, a pear, and some pear nectar. Fill your glass about 1/3rd the way with pear nectar, pour slowly and let it mix, now simply slice a pear...
When it comes to classic brunch drinks, the Mimosa is as "brunchy" as they come—2 parts this morning's fresh start to 1 part last night's decadence.
Kick up the traditional Mimosa by adding a hint of raspberry liqueur. This bar instructor knows his stuff, so grab your orange juice and champagne and get ready for brunch.
A twist on the mimosa, this recipe uses muddled raspberries instead of orange juice. In addition to the raspberries and champagne, you will also need some ice and a splash of St. Germain elderflower liquer. Pour into a tulip glass and enjoy! Make a raspberry champagne cocktail.
Champagne is a delightful drink, but sometimes it can get a little scary - especially when the corks go flying! Here is how you can correcly store both opened and unopened bottles of champagne, and the proper way to serve it. Properly open, serve and store champagne and sparkling wine.
The fruity nature of this drink makes it a good choice for a brunch cocktail, or any time you want something sweet and tangy. To make this drink, you need: 1/2 ounce bitter orange liquer (such as Aperol), ice, 1 ounce dry gin, 1/2 ounce elderflower liquer (such as St Germain), juice of 1/4 a lemon, rose Champagne or sparkling wine and an orange peel garnish. Makea Bois de Rose champagne cocktail for brunch.
Love champagne but getting a little bored of having the same bottled stuff over and over again? Then kick up the flavor a notch or two by mixing this champagne-based drink.
Want to make a Champagne Rita like a champion bartender? This clip will show you how it's done. With the proper technique, mixing the perfect drink can be easy. So easy, in fact, that this free video bartenders' guide can present an overview of the process in about a minute's time. For more information, including a full list of ingredients and complete instructions on how to mix this drink yourself, take a look.
this cocktail is called Lady Joy. Its a cocktail for new years eve parties. it is a blue colored cocktail which consists of lemon rum, blue curacao and champagne. First take a champagne glass and fill it up with 3 oz. of lemon rum. Then add another 3 oz. of blue curacao which will give the drink a blue color and an orange flavor. Finally add champagne as to fill up the glass and top it up with some lemon zest. Its a more fancy option of serving drinks at your party.
Bartender Gene shows you how to make a unique, healthy, ginger infused cocktail. Simmer 1/2 cup water, sliced, fresh ginger and sugar to make a ginger infused syrup. Remove from heat, let cool, then add 1/2 cup vodka and refrigerate. When your syrup is cool, strain out the ginger and throw it away. Place candied ginger at the bottom of the glass and pour in about a tablespoon of the syrup. Top off with sparkling wine and serve. Follow these easy steps to create a celebratory, unique, good for...
Chef Jason Hill tells us how to open a champagne bottle without much noise safely. Before opening the bottle make sure it is chilled to about 45 to 50 degrees. You can fill a bucket with half ice cubes and half chilled water and chill it for 30 minutes or you can refrigerate the bottle for 3 hours .When the bottle is chill remove it and dry it with a towel and carefully remove the foil with the wired wood intact. Grab the neck of the bottle with your left hand and place your thumb over the co...
"Every good party, needs some champagne," says Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi. In this tutorial hosted by Food & Wine, Padma along with Tom Colicchio (also from Top Chef) show us how to make raspberry champagne spritzers with some crushed strawberries, sorbet, and what else but champagne.
The Champagne Cocktail is a classic little recipe. Valentine's Day is on the way, perhaps this is something you can serve your loved on this February?
The loud pop and a flying cork are not the goals. This video from CHOW.com shows you how to open a bottle of bubbly without showering your guests or wasting the lovely contents of the bottle. You need to have a knife to cut off the foil. Cover with a towel to keep it safe. You don't want to pull the cork. You want to twist it for the faint hissing sound. No pops here!
Want to learn more about sparkling wine and champagne? Our expert sommelier, or trained wine professional, is here to teach you all about sparkling wine varieties and champagnes in this free wine video series.
Master mixologist Chris McMillian walks us through the history and preparation of the French 75. The French 75 is a classic Sunday brunch drink which was created in New Orleans. This is a unique cocktail that uses gin and champagne as a base!
In this episode of "The Cocktail Spirit," Robert Hess mixes up a classic champagne cocktail and relates some cocktail history. You will need champagne, bitters, and lemon for garnish. Learn how to mix a champagne cocktail by watching this video beverage-making tutorial.
Champagne bottles, especially cheap champagne, can be complicated to open without making a mess. Learn how to open a bottle of champagne properly and how to mix a tasty cocktail drink with the champagne.
Having a cocktail party and not quite sure what champagne to serve up? Then watch this how to video to learn how to add a little Christmas cheer with a Moet Chandon champagne nectar on ice. For this drink recipe you will need the following ingredients: champagne and lemon zest.
This brief video demonstrates how to use a Champagne saber safely, to open a bottle of sparkling wine. Impress your friends at your next party with your champagne bottle sabering skills. You can use a champagne saber or any other heavy knife.
This brief video demonstrates how to use a Champagne saber to open a bottle of sparkling wine.
American Bartenders School shows you to make the Mimosa cocktail drink recipe.
Watch how to remove a champagne cork with a sword (or sabre). This technique is known as Sabrage and was popular with Napoleon's cavalry. Open a champagne bottle with a sword.
Invented in 1948 at Harry's Bar in Venice, the Bellini's name honors the sheer pink shades in the work of Italian painter Giovanni Bellini. It's also a great drink to celebrate slightly lesser art forms—like, say, brunch.
Have you ever wondered about the bubbles in Champagne? How about how to open the bottle, or how about that famous party trick of opening the Champagne bottle with a saber? Join The Classic Wines Minute as they answer these questions and more.
A variant of a Kir, named for the French mayor who sweetened his white wine with a black currant liqueur, the Royale replaces wine with Champagne for a simple but elegant pleasure.
Learn how to open Champagne bottles without hurting yourself or others.
Watch this video and learn that there is a lot to learn about Champagne. Gary Vaynerchuk explains how the US champagne market is dominated by some "not-so-great" champagnes and helps you figure out how to find a great one. He starts by introducing you to Brice Brut Premier Cru.