9 Great, Surprising Uses for Leftover Champagne
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.Read Full Story
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.