And I only bled a little bit
EC: I Sabered a Bottle of Champagne with an iPad
Credit: Photo by Teresa Sabga

Iam neither a beverage professional nor a Champagne expert, and I cannot, in good conscience, recommend that you take your boss's iPad and use it to saber a bottle of Champagne in the alleyway behind your office building, where someone leaves open cans of Fancy Feast to feed the stray cats that wander around the neighborhood. But I did just that, on Facebook Live, and I can tell you that if you ever have the opportunity to saber a bottle of Champagne with an iPad, you should do it (as long as you're willing to sacrifice aforementioned iPad or, at the very least, ready to have an awkward conversation with the folks at the Apple Store).

Even if you don't have an iPad that you're willing to sacrifice, you can still get creative with your sabering technique once you've learned the basics. You just have to hold the bottle at the correct angle, and hit it in the right place with the right amount of force so that the cork pops off. Though a chef's knife or a casual sword is traditionally used to saber bottles of Champagne (hence the name "saber"), you can actually use everyday objects to saber, as long as they're hard enough with a blunt edge.

That's why I spent my Wednesday afternoon in an alleyway hacking away at eight bottles of Moët and Chandon with a bunch of household objects: to prove a point. And though I know that sabering isn't something that's usually done in Brooklyn alleys, it really should be, because sabering a bottle of Champagne—or sparkling wine, as your budget might allow—is surprisingly easy to do and definitely a lot of fun.

Just be safe. Some glass on the iPad screen might shatter, and you might cut yourself even if you're wearing cut-resistant gloves like I did. Also, be sure to get your boss's permission before you take his iPad.

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