With the holiday season coming around, you’ve probably seen your fair share of sensational toasts over gurgling glasses of Champagne. While larger gatherings quickly deplete a container of Champagne, it may be challenging to finish a whole bottle of effervescent if it’s just you and your close companions. Champagne is all about the bubbles. Regardless, when you open a bottle, the carbon dioxide rushes in, and it’s only a matter of time before the beverage loses its fizz. You can save the air pockets for the time being, but you can’t completely protect them. The following are a couple of tricks for storing an opened bottle of Champagne to keep effervescent as fresh as possible.
Dangle a spoon in the bottle
While some sources claim that putting a spoon in a Champagne bottle will cause it to sit idle, others claim it is a ground-breaking hack. To keep your Champagne effervescent the next day, leave a spoon hanging in the mouth of your champagne container and place it in the ice chest. The spoon’s metal cools the neck of the bottle, which creates a virus air plug over the hotter Champagne. This then prevents the gases in the container from rapidly rising and, as a result, keeps the air pockets in place.
Keep it cold
When we say “keep it cold,” we intend to keep it cold. If you need more Champagne to stay effervescent, keep it extremely cold throughout the evening. If you don’t have an expensive ice pail (who does? ), fill your kitchen sink with ice and place the Champagne bottle in it, along with any other alcohol you want to keep cold. You can reduce the amount of gas delivered by keeping the Champagne cold. On the other hand, as more carbonation is lost, the Champagne improves. If you prefer to avoid the flavour of Champagne straight from the bottle, you might enjoy it when it’s a trim level.
Use plastic wrap and a rubber band.
Past saran wrap will help keep Champagne effervescent in the refrigerator for a short time. While this technique does not always work, it is worth a shot. In any case, this will keep stray food from accidentally falling into your bottle.
Use an airtight cork.
You can buy this type of reusable stopper at any supermarket, but you should invest in this type of cork. Simply corking your Champagne with the plug that came with it may cause gases to develop in the bottle, and the stopper may eventually fall off in the refrigerator.
Buy good-quality Champagne
We know you’d rather not hear this, but spending a few extra dollars for high-quality Champagne is worth the effort, especially if you believe you’ll have Champagne left over. The science behind this is that gas atoms must connect to a tiny material area to form an air pocket and escape the container. Excellent Champagne contains far fewer bits than its less expensive counterparts, implying that its air pockets are unlikely to run the container.
Does the Spoon Trick Work?
If this stunt did not prove effective, we repeated this experiment with a less expensive container of champs. (Life is too short to taste disgusting air pockets!) We let it cool slightly before inserting the spoon, then placed it in the refrigerator. The next evening, it tasted the same as it did the night before! We repeated the trial for the next three days to keep the science illustration poppin’ (get it?). The air pockets began to blur by the third day, and by the fourth day, it was level. However, we were astounded by how well the simple hack worked, and it gave me enough confidence to try it again with a more pleasant container of Champagne.
Other Ways to Store Leftover Champagne
Regardless of my 100 per cent analytical testing, if you’re not entirely sold on the technique after reading this article, you’ll see that not everyone is Team Spoon-don’t sweat it. Reusable plugs are explicitly designed to store extra Champagne (do not use your wine savers). They’re called “airtight” because they’re made of metal (like spoons!) and seal the strain inside the bottle to protect the air pockets. This arrangement of two Winco Champagne Bottle Stoppers ($7; amazon.com) is a smashing success. It’s also important to remark that a more lovely bottle of Champagne lasts longer than more reasonable, budget-friendly friendly alternatives. Also, make sure your Champagne is consistently frosty cold when you drink it (specialists recommend serving the Champagne at a temperature of 47 to 50°F).