Don’t pop it. Slice it open! If it’s a dramatic moment you’re after you couldn’t do better than to sabre a bottle. Definitely not one for the amateur, sabering uses a specially designed champagne sword to slice the neck clean away from the bottle in one swift strike. Perfect for wowing guests. Just make sure they’re impressed for all the right reasons. Sabrage like any art, takes practise.
It’s just not a sporting celebration if there isn’t a frothing, foaming bottle of champagne being shaken and sprayed. The good old champagne shower is a sign of sporting elation in almost every corner of the world. The drink of kings has become the drink of sporting champions.
Unashamedly fun and flirtatious, burlesque wouldn’t be the same without champagne. A giant coupe of it. Be-jewelled and tassled burlesque stars have been splashing around in giant champagne coupes for the grand finale of shows since the 1930s.
Half celebration, half superstition, christening a boat by breaking a bottle of champagne against its hull is a call for good luck. The idea that making an offering to the gods before its launch brings a ship good luck can be traced back as far the Vikings.
Trouble is, champagne bottles are pretty tough and they need to be to withstand the pressure inside. Being tough to crack is not always a good thing though. A bottle's failure to break against the ship is seen as a bad omen for the vessel's future. Professionals recommend scoring a bottle with a diamond to give it the best chance of smashing first time. We say good job the tradition doesn’t extend to christening new cars!
The Champagne Afternoon Tea
Dainty sandwiches, scones piled obscenely high with clotted cream, tea served in fine china and of course a glass, or two, of champagne all enjoyed over the course of a leisurely afternoon.
Few of life’s sweet treats are as wonderfully indulgent as afternoon tea.
Thing is, for it to feel truly special a glass of champagne is essential. Sure, drinking loose leaf tea out of something other than your favourite mug is already an improvement but a glass of champagne instantly elevates things to special occasion status quicker than you can stack a couple of coupes.
The Champagne Pyramid