How To Open A Wine Bottle Without A Corkscrew

A word of caution: most of these methods are not 100% foolproof. In fact, all of them have a tendency to ruin a bottle of wine if done incorrectly or carelessly, i.e., breaking the cork and pouring it into the wine, dropping the bottle of wine or, in the worst case, breaking it completely. So if you have a rare and/or expensive wine that will break your heart if you break it in the process, you should probably wait to get a corkscrew. However, in all other cases (and this is usually realistic), these options can help alleviate your despair and allow you to have a good night with grapes:

1 – USE A SCREW (AS LONG AS POSSIBLE), A SCREWDRIVER AND A HAMMER.

This is probably one of the safest methods on this list, but it does require some elasticity and strength, as it can easily tire you out. Simply take a screw, preferably a long one, and screw it into the cap with a screwdriver until you have about an inch of screw left. Then take the back of the hammer, lock it under the screw, and remove the cap. You may also need a towel to wipe the sweat off your forehead after completing the mission.

2 – PRESS THE STOPPER WITH THE HANDLE OF A WOODEN SPOON OR OTHER BLUNT OBJECT OF SIMILAR SIZE.

This method is also quite safe compared to some of the other methods on this list, but it does have its drawbacks. To open the bottle, simply take the handle of a wooden spoon or something similar and lower the cork into the wine bottle. Unfortunately, it is almost impossible to remove the cork from the bottle once it has been inserted. Also, if the wine bottle is old, the cork may crumble and get into the wine after inserting it. It is unfortunate that this happens, but if you are with friends and plan to drink the whole bottle, there is no need to worry. Simply use a strainer and pour the bottle of wine through it into the decanter.

3 – BIKE PUMP

It is very simple. You take a bicycle pump with a needle attached and push it into the cork until the needle reaches the air between the cork and the wine. Then you pump air into the bottle. As you pump, the cork should slowly come out of the bottle because of the air pressure.

4 – UNSCREW WITH WRENCHES OR A SERRATED KNIFE.

This option is very similar to the first one, where a screw and hammer are used to remove the cover. This time, however, you simply use wrenches, a serrated knife or something that works similarly. Dip the object into the cap at a 45-degree angle and move the top of the object in a circular motion, essentially unscrewing the cap outward slowly. After a few turns, the cap should pop out. Make sure your object penetrates the cork, otherwise it could fall apart, which would be very unfortunate. If this happens, you can always go back to the solution in option 2.

5 – WRAP THE BOTTLE WITH A TOWEL AND USE THE WALL TO PUSH IT.

There is a point in the list where this becomes a bit dangerous, so proceed with caution. The previous two options required at least one tool, but if you find you have few resources at your disposal, this option might be your best friend. Wrap the bottom of the wine bottle in a thick towel or two for safety, then bang it against the wall a few times. Of course, the bottle may break in the process, so consider this a last resort. You won’t get the cork out of the bottle the first time you hit it against the wall. That’s why we recommend that you never use your full force and just hit the wall a few times and slowly work the cork out.

6 – SPANKING WITH A SHOE.

This is similar to the napkin game, but a little less daring. Similarly, wrap the bottom of a wine bottle in a towel, but rather than keep banging it against the wall, simply place it upside down between your legs, sit down and hit it with your shoe. This can be time-consuming, but it’s a safer option than number 5. Remember to stop before the plug comes out, or you’ll have quite a mess and, as we all know, permanent stains.

7 – APPLY HEAT TO MOVE THE PLUG

This option is quite far-fetched, but it works. If you have a blowtorch, you can heat a part of the wine bottle directly under the cork. The heat should cause the cork to rise up and out of the bottle. However, make sure the bottle is NOT COLD. Again, DO NOT REFRIGERATE it or it could explode with a sudden change in temperature. If it is cold, leave the bottle warm for a while.