Here's the Perfect Temperature at Which You Should Drink Champagne

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Before you start popping bottles tonight, be sure that everything is set properly: Gather your friends, write some resolutions, and chill the Champagne to its ideal temperature.

It's almost too easy to improperly open a bottle of Champagne (or sparkling wine, as any bubbly that doesn't come from France's Champagne region is technically supposed to be called) and hinder the whole experience. The temperature at which it's chilled can affect the taste, the fizz, and whether you lose a third of the bottle to overflow once you pop the cork. Luckily, there's a way to be sure that you're getting the most out of your bottle of bubs.

The Takeout recently spoke to Bob Hemauer, a partner at Cork 'N Bottle in Madison, Wisconsin, and an expert on the idiosyncrasies and specifics of fine alcohol. His recommendation is to keep your champs chilled to a very safe 45°F, though he prefers to "live life to the edge a little bit," and "let [his] Champagne get a little closer to 50°F or 55°F." A warmer bottle means a fizzy explosion is more likely, but vintage champagnes (read: more expensive bottles—for champagnes, a single-year harvest is what indicates vintage, not its age) are traditionally kept warmer to avoid stunning the taste buds. This gives you the full effect of the flavor. When Champagne is kept just under 50°F, it reaches that perfect happy medium.

Handle your bubbly gently, too. Hemauer says that "treating [the Champagne] with the proper amount of respect really helps." Avoid shaking the bottle, obviously, unless you're filming a music video. When opening it, twist the bottle rather than the cork for the best results. Hemauer adds that you should down your drink quickly to really get the most out of it, and if you must take your time, keeping your bottle in a chilled bucket or refrigerated will keep your drink fizzier for longer.

There's a lot of advice on how to properly store, chill, and serve Champagne, but just remember: never put it in the freezer, keep the temperature just below 50°F, and, drink up so you can avoid the need to re-chill, which impairs its fizz and taste. Cheers!

[h/t The Takeout]

All Aboard! Mexico Is Now Home to an All-You-Can-Drink Tequila Train

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If you like the idea of taking a booze cruise or imbibing while flying (on a craft beer flight, that is), then you may enjoy the hooch caboose. As Delish reports, the latest in luxury, alcohol-packed travel comes from Jose Cuervo, which is now operating an all-you-can-drink tequila train.

That’s right: You can now hop aboard the Jose Cuervo Express and slam shots or sip tequila sunrises while traveling in style from Guadalajara in western Mexico to—where else?—the city of Tequila. The deal includes round-trip train transportation and bottomless drinks at the open tequila bar, plus snacks. Guests will also get to join a separate tequila tasting with experts, take a tour of the Jose Cuervo distillery in Tequila (the oldest one in the Americas), and take in a Mexican cultural show.

The Jose Cuervo Express has been around a while, but the round-trip, all-you-can-drink tequila experience is new. Since 2012, the train has been operating regular “sunrise” and “sunset” hours, offering guests a morning train ride to Tequila with an evening bus ride back to Guadalajara, and vice versa.

Prices for the new experience start from $111 on the Travel Pirates website, but the cost depends on the exact package you choose. If tequila isn’t your cup of tea, you might prefer the Mayan train line that’s slated to connect some of Mexico’s most famous pyramids and sites. Those plans are still a work in progress, though.

[h/t Delish]

LEGO Pop-Up Bars Let You Build While You Drink

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Kevork Djansezian, Getty Images

Do you like LEGO bricks? Do you like making the task of assembling hundreds of tiny plastic pieces harder by becoming inebriated?

If so, nothing you read today could be more relevant to your interests than the news that a series of LEGO-inspired pop-up bars are headed for Houston, Denver, and other U.S. cities.

ABC13 reports that some block-headed entrepreneurs have devised the Brick Bar, a high-concept watering hole that allows visitors to play with over a million LEGO bricks and enjoy LEGO displays while drinking and socializing. The idea, according to the Brick Bar website, is to appeal to someone with nostalgia or affinity for LEGO sets who is also of legal drinking age.

The bars have already debuted in Australia and will be coming to London and Manchester, England, this spring. It’s likely the stateside bars will reproduce some of the more popular attractions, including building contests, hamburgers with buns shaped like LEGO bricks, and a gauntlet for brave souls who are willing to attempt to walk across a line of bricks in their bare feet.

The company behind the pop-up, Viral Ventures, specializes in unique attractions. In the past, they’ve promoted Hot Tub Cinema Club, where patrons watched films while soaking in portable hot tubs. But their LEGO-themed idea hasn’t been without complications.

While LEGO itself offers alcohol at some of the company's official resorts, including California’s LEGOLAND, the company isn’t thrilled about being associated with a third-party bar or with people trafficking in their trademarks: Their legal overtures led Viral Ventures to change the name of the pop-up from LEGO Bar to Brick Bar. The only mention of LEGO on their website is in the disclaimer: “We are not associated with LEGO.”

[h/t ABC13]

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