Drinking In A Pinch

By Anica Wong

February 27, 2015 3 min read

Imagine settling in for a quiet moment with a special someone and your favorite bottle of wine. As you reach for the wine glasses, you realize there is no corkscrew in sight. What a buzzkill. Maybe you lent it to a friend and he never brought it back. Maybe you somehow broke it and haven't gotten around to purchasing a new one. Regardless of the reason, how do you open the wine without it?

Luckily, there are a few household items that you can utilize to keep the good times flowing.

--Use a knife. Once the knife is in the cork, slant it back and twist it back and forth. Gently and cautiously pull upwards as you rotate the knife. Do this slowly to ensure that you don't break the cork.

--Use a screw and a hammer. After taking off the foil from the wine bottle, twist the screw about three-quarters of the way into the cork. You want to make sure you have enough of the screw sticking out the top of the cork to use the hammer's claw. Once the screw is in place, place the hammer's claw end under the screw. With one long, smooth motion, away from your body, pull the cork out of the bottle.

--Push; don't pull. Instead of pulling the cork out, you can always resort to pushing the cork into the bottle. Use the handle of a cooking utensil or screwdriver to force the cork down. Try putting a hole through the middle of the cork first to relieve pressure, making the whole process easier.

If you're not a wine drinker, and instead prefer a good craft brew, these methods can be used when you find yourself without a bottle opener.

--Use a ring. Place your hand over the top of the bottle and position the ring under the lip of the cap. Tilt the bottle to a 45-degree angle, grip the top of the bottle and pull back. The ring's grip and force of the pull should pop the bottle cap right off.

--Use a belt buckle. Although this may not be as acceptable in public places as in the confines of your own abode, using the buckle on your belt is extremely efficient. A word of caution: You will have to take the belt off in to complete this trick. Place one edge of the buckle tightly under the cap. Place enough pressure on the other side of the buckle to make the bottle top release.

If you're worried about trying these DIY techniques, then it might be time to switch to pop-top beer cans or twist-off wine bottles.

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