9 Great, Surprising Uses for Leftover Champagne

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Don't even think about pouring leftover champagne or sparkling wine down the drain. A second life awaits while it still has some fizz -- or even after it's gone flat.

Beauty Uses
  • Skin toner: The antioxidants, vitamins C and E, and fizz in champagne helps shrink pores and brighten skin. Once or twice a week, soak a cotton pad in champagne and wipe your face. Follow with moisturizer.
  • Hair rinse: Champagne boosts highlights –- especially for blondes -– and adds volume to limp hair. Comb a glass of sparkly through damp hair, let it sit for a minute, then rinse.
  • Bubble bath: Add leftover champagne and bath gel to running water. The acidity and fizz will help exfoliate dry skin.
Cooking Uses
  • Chill more champagne: Freeze leftover champagne in ice cube trays, then store cubes in a plastic bag in the freezer. The next time you need to chill a glass of champagne in a hurry, plop two cubes in the flute, then pour in the fresh bubbly. The cubes will chill without watering down the drink.
  • Lighten scrambled eggs: Pour still-fizzy leftover champagne into scrambled eggs for extra fluffiness.
  • Baste turkeys: Add champagne to chicken stock for a delicious baste.
Uses Around the House
  • Shoe Shiner: After polishing, buff shoes with a few drops of champagne, which cuts the fat in polish and makes leather shine.
  • Champagne bottles: After you've drunk the champagne, use the decorative bottle as a vase or candle holder.
  • Corks: Chunky champagne corks, wider at the bottom than the top, are easy to hold and use with a dab of cleanser to clean high-carbon knives. Also, slice the cork into thin discs to put under chair legs to prevent floor scratches.
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