Learn to Saber Champagne Bottles – Skills, Drills, and Delicious Spills

When most people think of champagne, they usually remember drinking it for New Years Eve and other large scale, exciting celebrations. It’s kind of the de facto drink of celebration, and for good reason. It’s delicious, it’s bubbly, and for those with a little bit of skill, champagne bottles can be sabered open to great effect.

After I cut gluten from my diet for health reasons, beer was out, and wine and champagne became my staples. Over time I developed a strong ability to drink both in style, especially champagne. You see, drinking champagne requires a certain poise and grace… even opening the bottle is an art. There’s really only one true, manly way to open that delicious bottle of Baby Canadian you just picked up… by sabering it with the speed and skill of a ninja… or pirate.

Madeline Teaches us How to Saber a Champagne Bottle

For those of you that have no idea what I’m talking about, sabering is essentially using an object – usually a knife – to pop the cork right off the champagne bottle. But really, you can use just about anything, even a spoon. Let’s let Madeline explain…

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People have been sabering open champagne bottles for almost as long as champagne has existed. Irish playwright and candle maker John E. Saber first came up with the idea in 1537 as a way of impressing the ladies at the local tavern, and since then the art has become a time honored tradition at weddings, funerals (the fun kind) and Swedish office meetings.

Champagne is such a versatile beverage… it’s really perfect for just about any occasion, even breakfast. Ever heard of a mimosa? If not, you’re missing out on one of the most delicious breakfast beverages, my dear friend. The only thing that could improve such a drink would be if you sabered the bottle open, which you will… because now you’ve got the power, and with great power comes great responsibilities, such as…

Sabering Safety & Further Details

You may have noticed that Madeline was wearing safety glasses. There’s a good reason for that, and I encourage you to do the same. I say this from experience… the cork can often go flying in all sorts of wacky directions while you’re learning to get the motion down, so better safe than sorry.


Lastly, be sure to check out this more comprehensive tutorial with pictures if there’s any part of the motion that you don’t understand. I promise, it’s not that difficult.



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