How to Open a Bottle of Champagne + 5 Easy Champagne Cocktails

New Year’s Eve is champagne’s biggest night! Do it right and open a bottle of bubbly the right way. A bottle of champagne looks like a bottle of wine, but it is very different. If not opened or poured properly, it can lose its bubbles.

To get it right, we went right to the experts at Moët & Chandon for the how to on opening and pouring Champagne. Created in 1869, Moët Impérial distinguishes itself by its bright fruitiness, its seductive palate and its elegant maturity. It’s a classic that makes celebrating New Year’s Eve that much more special.

Step 1

Remove the foil from the bottle but leave the metal cage in place.

Step 2

With your hand around the neck of the bottle, and thumb on top of the cork, point the bottle away from your body and gently unscrew the metal cage with your other hand.

Be sure no one is standing in front of you! As soon as the metal cage becomes loose, the cork has a chance of popping due to released pressure so be sure to keep your thumb on that cork!

Step 3

Once the cage is loose, quickly remove it and place a kitchen towel or cloth napkin over the bottle while still keeping it facing away from you and others.

Hold the bottle with one hand and the towel with the other. Twist the bottle until the cork eases out. You should hear just a tiny pop from the release of pressure.

Step 4

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To pour, tilt your glass slightly onto its side. Slowly pour the champagne from the bottle onto the side of the glass, not the base.

Be sure to pour slowly to maintain the bubbles. Pause to let the bubbles subside before continuing to fill the glass.

Easy Champagne Cocktails

Champagne cocktails are a great addition to your New Year’s Eve celebration! Bonus: they are easy to make!

1. Moët Diamond

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The Moët Diamond was created by lifestyle and home-entertaining expert Olivia Culpo. No celebration is ever complete without champagne, and toasting with the cocktail served to the stars at the Golden Globes is the perfect way you to create glamour at home!

  • 3 oz Moët Imperial Brut Champagne
  • 1/2 oz Grand Marnier
  • 2 dashes Cherry Bitters
  • 1 rock candy stick

Pour Grand Marnier into Champagne flute and add dash of Cherry bitters. Gently pour chilled Champagne. Garnish with Rock Candy stick.

2. The 2017 Royale

  • 1 oz Cointreau
  • 4 oz Champagne
  • Orange twist for garnish

Pour Cointreau into a champagne flute and top with Champagne. Garnish with an orange twist and cheers to 2017.

3. Champagne Lemon Twist

A splash of limoncello adds citrus and sweetness to this Italian champagne cocktail.

  • 3 oz Limoncello di Capri
  • 1 bottle chilled prosecco
  • Lemon rind strips for garnish

Add limoncello to a Champagne flute. Top with prosecco and garnish with lemon rinds.

4. French 75

This is a crisp and delicious cocktail that is easy to sip.

  • 1 ounce gin or cognac
  • 1/2 oz. simple syrup
  • 1/2 oz. fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • Brut Champagne or a dry sparkling white wine
  • Lemon twist, to garnish

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, shake gin or Cognac, lemon juice and 1/2 ounce simple syrup. Strain into chilled flute or cocktail coupe. Top with Champagne. Garnish with lemon twist.

5. Cranberry Lime Cocktail

An oldie but goodie, these Cranberry Lime Champagne Cocktails are super simple and oh-so festive. ???Link in profile!

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The flavors of the holiday come to life in this delicious and good looking cocktail.

  • 2 ounces cranberry juice
  • 1 ounce champagne
  • Lime juice
  • Frozen cranberries for garnish

Add a few frozen cranberries to a champagne glass. Add cranberry juice and top off with champagne. Squeeze a wedge of lime into the glass and use the peel for garnish.

Read More: 11 Classy Champagne Cocktails to Make Your New Year’s Eve a Smash