Already know how to open a tin without a tin opener? That’s great! But… have you ever tried to open a wine bottle without a corkscrew? You might wonder, “Why should I do that in the first place?”. And the answer is simple! Either you don’t have one or you just can’t find it! Think about that time where you were outdoors and you wanted to open a bottle. Your sparkling wine was waiting for you and you couldn’t get there! What can you do in such cases? Won’t you enjoy your wine? Don’t worry anymore!
Luckily, you can open a corked wine bottle without a corkscrew. There are some DIY creative ways to open one with different means you may have on hand. Below are 10 ingenious ways to show you how to do it! Let’s dive in!
How to open a wine bottle without a corkscrew
So, are you ready to find all the brilliant hacks that we have for you? Get comfortable! Have a look!
1. The hammer and screw method
If you want to open a bottle of wine but can’t find your corkscrew, you can do it using a hammer and a screw. Don’t look surprised! It really works! You have to push a long screw a bit into the cork using a screwdriver or a drill, and then using the nail-remover lever of your clawed hammer, wiggle the screw along with the cork out of the bottle. Easy, right?
2. Use a shoe
Nope! We aren’t joking! The shoe method is a really handy way to open a bottle of wine. First, put the bottle into your shoe to the area where your heel is supposed to be. Now, grab your shoe bottle and hit it on a wall. Keep doing until the cork pops out. Be careful, though, as the cork will pop out faster than you think, and you run a great risk of spilling the wine.
Extra tip: If you don’t have a shoe, a towel will also do the job. Wrap the towel around the bottom of the bottle and hit it against a wall or something firm.
3. The car keys hack
Another good-to-know method you can use in cases you’re out of the house, and you can’t open a bottle, is the car keys way. Choose a house key and push it into the cork at a 45-degree angle. Make sure most of the key is into it. It should reach up to the middle of the cork. Now, twist the cork around a few times, pulling it up at the same time. It will eventually pop out of the bottle. You should do it gently and smoothly. Otherwise, you’ll end up having half of the cork stack at the top of the bottle.
4. The serrated knife technique
The serrated knife technique is the same process as using your car keys as a bottle opener. First, hold the neck of the bottle and push the blade into the cork. Next, start twisting the knife in moving upwards. Eventually, you’ll see the top of the cork about a few cms above the bottle. Now, pull the knife out of the cork, stick it in there again sideways this time and twist it out in a circular motion. Voila! You can now enjoy your red wine!
5. The wire hanger trick
Did you think that hangers are only for clothes? Here’s an extra use! You can use a wire hanger to open wine bottles. First, grab the hanger and form it like a hook. You can do that using a pair of pliers. Next, push the u shaped hanger on the edge of the cork. Move it now back and forth to reach 5 cm down. Now, you have to rotate the hanger to grab the bottom of the cork and start pulling it as soon as it is attached to the bottom. Keep pulling until the cork is out of the bottle.
6. Heat is your ally
This might sound odd; however, it does work. Using a blowtorch, apply heat to the neck of the bottle, right under the cork. Heat will warm the air inside the bottle and force the cork to move out of the bottle. Some precaution measures you need to take? First, ensure that the bottle isn’t cold. Otherwise, it’ll explode from the rapid temperature change.
7. The wooden spoon
Another way to open wine bottles is with a wooden spoon or any other piece of cutlery with a thin handle. Get the handle of the wooden spoon, and start pushing the cork into the bottle. It takes some time, but in the end, you manage to open the bottle. However, if the bottle is old, you should keep in mind that the cork will crumble once it’s pushed, falling into small pieces into the vino.
8. Pump the cork up with a bike pump
It’s probably the funniest of all these life hacks. Get the bike pump needle and poke a hole in the cork. Wiggle it to make sure it’s secured. And now you can start pumping. The pressure will force the cork to get out of the bottle.
9. Use scissors
Another ingenious way to open bottles is by using scissors. Hold the scissors by the handle and stick one of the blades into the cork. Start twisting and, at the same time, pulling it. These movements will loosen the cork, and it’ll get out. This one is probably the most dangerous way since you’re using scissors’ blades. So be careful not to cut your fingers!
10. The samurai technique
For sparkling wine or even a bottle of champagne, you can slice off the cork along with a bit of the glass. How? By using your sabre! In case you don’t have one, grab your sword or machete. Nope! We aren’t joking! They do work!
- Turn your bottle upside down and place it in a bucket full of ice for at least 10 minutes.
- Then, remove the outer foil and the wire that keeps the cork.
- Hold the base of the bottle with one hand at a 45-degree angle.
- Get your sword and put the blade flat against the bottle.
- Finally, swing it through and… Voila!! Enjoy your wine!
From now on, you don’t need to worry if you can’t find your corkscrew! You can use one of the above hacks to open a wine bottle pretty easily! Try them, and you’ll find out that they do work. Find the one that you prefer so the next time the corkscrew is missing, you’ll know what to do!