There are all sorts of excuses to open a bottle of bubbly this time of year. Whether to liven up a tired holiday party or simply ring in the new year, there's one way that's sure to impress guests—it's also the most fun—and it's called sabering. The act started back in Napoleon's time, when overzealous troops cracked open French bottles with their swords. "But you can use a chef's knife, a crescent wrench, a spoon, anything with an edge" laughs Tom Verhey, owner of Pops, a Chicago Champagne bar. Here, he shows us how it's done.
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