Explosive Celebration

by wjw on December 10, 2020

Today I celebrated the release of Fleet Elements with a virtual cocktail party attended by several of my favorite writer friends.  I decided to have a champagne cocktail, and to open the champagne bottle by a traditional method employed by the French military— slicing off the top of the bottle with a sword (or in my case, a Nepalese kukri).

I’d never done this before, so the results were a little . . . imperfect.

Watch and learn.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

mearsk December 11, 2020 at 10:37 am

I was expecting more glass shards, carbon dioxide explosions and perhaps blood. Congratulations on your book release! I have my copy and will be burning through it soon.

wjw December 11, 2020 at 9:59 pm

I had to be careful not to slice off my fingertips, but then I wrapped my hand in a towel.

Champagne bottles are under about five times the air pressure of an auto tire, so any glass shards get blown away along with the top of the bottle. It’s surprisingly safe, so long as you don’t conk anyone downrange.

John Appel December 12, 2020 at 10:49 am

The French 75 is one of my favorite cocktails. Excellent choice! Don’t think I’ll be able to replicate that with my reproduction Oakeshott type XVa longsword when my book comes out in July, though. 🙂 Hm, might be time to invest in a sharp messer…

Congrats on the book birthday! I’m reading it now and enjoying it greatly.

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