Celebrity Chef Demonstrates How to Open a Champagne Bottle With a Sword

Ralphie Aversa

Celebrity chef Alton Brown took to his YouTube channel again and displayed a creative how-to on a rather straightforward task.

The only difference is that this demonstration comes with a warning: Don't try this at home.

Brown published a video on Wednesday titled "Champagne Saber Time." The post is a step-by-step tutorial on how to open a Champagne bottle with a sword. In typical Brown fashion, the TV personality also breaks down the science behind a Champagne bottle's cork popping and the history of Champagne drinking.

"Champagne: In victory, you deserve; in defeat, you need it," Brown pans at the beginning of the almost five minute piece. "Or so said Napoleon, and he should know. As his light cavalry units stylishly charged around Europe in the — a long time ago, they drank a great deal of this stuff, or so legend states."

After joking that the viewer has to sign a waiver, Brown begins the demonstration by placing the bottle of bubbly upside down in an ice bucket. He insists it must stay there for at least 10 minutes.

Then Brown breaks down the physics of why a Champagne cork explodes. The secondary fermentation in the bottle produces live yeast that builds up pressure. Then he drops a number of statistics about said pressure.

"In another words, a corked bottle of Champagne is a bomb waiting to go off," he says in layman's terms. "The point is to focus and to control the blast to get to the stuff inside."

With the viewer's thirst and curiosity growing, Brown returns to the bottle. He unwraps the foil from the top, unveils his saber, and swings through to perfectly dislodge the cork from the bottle.

"For a man who doesn't want you to do this, he is pretty convincing about the fact that I should really do this," commented James Watt. The video had more than a quarter million views in just one day.

Maybe Brown should make that waiver available online after all.