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Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Tip #2: How to make Champagne extra bubbly

Here's a trick: If you have a leftover half bottle of Champagne (or Prosecco) that's getting flat, and you want to bring the bubbles back, drop a raisin into the bottle. Any carbon dioxide that's left in the wine will stick to the raisin's ridges and release as tiny bubbles. Cool, right?

(Tip via Real Simple)

51 comments:

meesch said...

That's a great idea! I will absolutely be using that for (and after) new years this year!

-meesch
http://www.aperfectkindofday.com

Joanna Goddard said...

i want to try it on regular (not flat) Champagne just to see if it makes it even more bubby:)

Suse said...

er, um, "leftover champagne"?!

Åse said...

thats a good reason to not drink the whole bottle at once!

Joanna Goddard said...

haha, suse, good point:)

Tanya @ Lovely Greens said...

Great tip! That's one for my Pinterest board :)

Michelle P said...

haha I agree with Suse.

Diana Mieczan said...

Ha! That is brilliant. Thanks, Joanna. Im loving those party tricks:) Kisses

LeeLee said...

Oh, good idea.

Roanna said...

this would solve all our problems of left over prosecco in the fridge that stay there until I end up having to throw the contents away! shameful, I know!

Anonymous said...

I love prosecco (and it is only $6.99 for a bottle at Trader Joes's)! I often have some left over and never know whether to drink it or throw it away because I always thought I couldn't save it. Next time I will try this trick!

Hannah Joy said...

We love to throw a little piece of fruit into our champagne or prosecco (whether or not it's leftover) - don't know about the bubbles, but it looks and tastes awfully festive!!
My faves are a strawberry, grape, or tangerine wedge!

Melissa Blake said...

what a neat idea! :)

Amanda said...

That is so wild, thanks for the tip! Champagne is hard one to get leftovers out of (I'd have it coming out of my faucets if i could) but it does happen ;)

A French Cloud said...

good to know for the season of toasts up ahead!

Joy said...

I thought that was a date at first, and I was thinking, "how do you get a date into a champagne bottle?"

Lindsay @ The Everything Project said...

Great tip! I was just thinking that you could also call it the "Poor Lady's Sangria". Ha!

Lea said...

Wow! Great tip! Now I don't have to dump my leftover champagne! ( :

Splendid Sass said...

Thanks! Great tip, Joanna.
Teresa
xoxo

Lauren Kent said...

Putting a teaspoon in the neck also stops it going flat!

Sage Crown Parker said...

well, if this works i'll not have a reason to drink the whole bottle....so, i'm going to pretend the raisin give's it a funny flavor :) oooohhhhh how i love those little bubbles :)

Elaine said...

Ooooh! Never knew this. I wonder if it works for bubble baths too. Hehe :)

chanel said...

What an amazing trick! Plus it will probably come unfortunately helpful this upcoming holiday season!

xo, chanel
http://bywayofney.blogspot.com/

Anna Elder said...

If there's a possibility that I'll ever have leftover champagne (highly unlikely!) I will have to remember this! But, I also like to tell myself that I just had to finish the bottle in one sitting because who wants flat champagne? ;)

Jenny McL said...

I HATE raisins just awful.

But when storing opened Champagne stick a spoon in the opening this also works for some reason - I've never bothered to ask why - I'm not about the details!!

The Blossom Shed said...

I really needed this tip! I can't tell you how many times I've drunk leftover, flat, room temperature prosecco. Which sounds sad, but hey, someone has to drink it:)

http://www.theblossomshed.blogspot.com

J said...

great tip! i didn't know that!

Melissa said...

Just a heads up, the bubbles will cling to the raisin and it'll float to the top. The bubbles will pop and the raisin will sink. And again, and again.

Preschoolers think this is AMAZING. :)

AliveintheFire said...

When I was a kid, my dad used to put a raisin into a glass of champagne and let us watch it float and sink. So much fun :)

kh said...

one of the best tips i ever learned as a wine buyer was to put a spoon in an open bottle of champagne that you couldn't quite finish. for some science-y reason (technical term) this preserves the bubbles. i left an open bottle in my fridge for a week when i went out of town once and it was still sparkly fresh when i got home. check it!

julia wheeler said...

brilliant!

Aja Lake [the gold hat.] said...

best thing ever! thanks. xo

Mia said...

Very good tip, thanks!

Tamar said...

super cool - thanks!

Joanna Goddard said...

wow, kh, that is AWESOME! thank you!!!

Sara said...

Such a great idea!

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Designs Good said...

oops, i commented on the wrong post. but yes, the raisin trick is cool, too ... but we always finish the bottle ... as my Grandpa would say, " why ruin a good bottle by re-corking it?"!

Miki's scrapbook said...

Oh, what a great tip! Thanks for sharing! ;)

Miki.

Rachel Travers said...

Who ever has leftover bubbly? I keed, I keed. :)

If you do find yourself with leftover bubbly I can't recommend this stopper enough - http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000NUXNGU/ref=oh_o06_s00_i01_details. It's relatively cheap and it works like a charm!

Saskiaj said...

What an invaluable tip! I'll be passing that one on!

Nicole González said...

True, my physics teacher toughed me that trick when I was in high school, oh and for the record, 18 is legal-age for drinking where I live :)

Liz said...

my freshman year biology teacher convinced my class that he had discovered a new single cell organism and carried the charade on for the first 2 weeks of high school. Eventually he took a dare to drink the 'sewage' they were kept in - just raisins and ginger ale! not sure what it taught us about biology but that was 8 years ago and it all came flooding back when i saw this post! good to know the raisins-in-bubbly trick is actually good for something :)

Lauren at TwIn Style said...

I think I saw this trick in high school too, but it wasn't champagne, of course! So I guess this must work on flat soda as well.

Elle said...

I'm a champagne whore & will most definitely try this! thanks!

Tulips & Tulle said...

Great tip!

JennySue said...

get outta town. where do you come up with these great insider tips??!! love this one!! who knew??

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Miyan said...

so cool & great to know. some nights i prefer sipping on champagne over wine. its not only for celebratory events :)

Miyan
www.miyan-overseas.blogspot.com

Sal said...

Oh my goodness what an interesting/fabulous idea! Must try this =)

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Maria said...

That is a super nifty trick! Thanks for sharing!

Maria xx
www.cheekypinktulip.blogspot.com

JACK SMITH said...

I want to enjoy this holiday season with Prosecco and champagne. Thanks! keep it up!

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