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This is the Fastest Way to Chill a Bottle of Champagne

Get the party started with this quick and easy tip for chilling champagne fast.

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This is the Fastest Way to Chill a Bottle of Champagne

Get the party started with this quick and easy tip for chilling champagne fast.

Nothing says it’s party time like popping champagne. Unfortunately, nothing brings down an event like a room-temperature bottle. So, what’s a guy or gal to do when the last bottle at the liquor store feels like it’s been sitting on a hot plate?

If you’re gearing up for a big night but your bottle’s still lukewarm, don’t worry: there’s still a way to get your champagne chilled and ready in time. Zach Mack, certified Cicerone and co-owner of Alphabet City Beer Co. in Manhattan says that a quick bath will get your bottle to the perfect temperature fast.

“I always go with the saltwater ice bath,” says Mack. “It’s an old industry trick. I just dump a bunch of table salt into a bucket of ice water, stir a few times, and pop the bottle in. It takes less than 10 minutes to get it down to chilled drinking temperature.” For those without ice on hand, a freezer will do just fine.

“If you don’t have a bucket of ice handy, a freezer is always the next best bet,” says Mack. “It should be almost as fast as the salt water bath.” However, Mack recommends setting a timer to ensure you don’t leave it in the freezer for too long; more than 10 minutes and you’ll be picking glass out of your frozen peas for weeks. When you’re ready to rehydrate after a drink or two, make sure you’ve got our 50 Best Detox Waters on hand!