Champagne is a drink that tastes best when served chilled. And the easiest way to chill them is using champagne buckets. Fill them with ice and leave them placed with the champagne bottle.
Though you should drink it cold, never serve them with ice over it. Using ice can affect its taste and smell, which wouldn’t be fair for such a refreshing drink. With a little precision, it’s quite simple to chill champagne to perfection.
Let’s dig in to know more about it.
Quick Chill Method
- Take a bucket and fill it with a generous amount of ice, and if you are in dire need to chill the champagne, add a decent amount of salt to the ice. The salt draws the heat of the champagne, fastening the process.
- After adding salt, immerse the champagne bottle into the bucket.
- After doing so, add tap water into the bucket. Make sure you add enough water that keeps the ice floating on top of it, sort of like cereal in milk.
- The champagne will cool off sufficiently in roughly 3 to 5 mins, and then you can pop the cork and enjoy your drink.
Using a Champagne Bucket
Vintage champagne, which comes with a year printed on the labels, is served between 54 and 57 degrees Fahrenheit, which is best achieved using champagne buckets. All you need to do is
- Grab a bucket big enough to contain a bottle of champagne.
- Fill the bucket with ice and submerge the champagne bottle into it. Merge is a way that one the tip of the bottle sticks out. Plus, you can even add a little water to the bucket if you think the bucket needs to cool down.
- Leave the bottle merged for a good 20 to 30 minutes. You can set a timer just to keep an eye on the clock.
- After the time passes, you can pop the cork and serve the drink.
Refrigerating the Bottle
Using a refrigerator for chilling the champagne works well when it’s non-vintage champagne. That’s because they need to cool slightly more than the vintage varieties.
Again remember, non-vintage champagne is the one that has no year printed on the label. Since it needs to be stored somewhere between 40 to 45 degrees Fahrenheit, you can use a thermometer to check the temperature of your refrigerator. After that
- Horizontally position the champagne bottle in the refrigerator. Also, choose a cool, dark place in your fridge to store them, somewhere near the back.
- Make sure you leave them for a couple of hours to chill. If you are planning a party, make sure you pop the bottle in the fridge a couple of hours before your guest arrives.
- Also, avoid placing the bottle into the freezer, but if you are in dire need, you can place them into the freezer. But make sure you do not let them in for more than 15 minutes. This is so because setting them into the freezer can kill the bubbles, affecting their taste and texture.
Apart from using the classic way of chilling champagne, that is with champagne buckets, you can apply the above methods to enjoy your drink.
The standard way of serving the drink is to title the bottle at a 45-degree angle and fill it three-quarters of the way full with champagne. Also, make sure you aim the tip of the bottle away from any expensive object before popping the cork.
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