It happens to the best of us. You’re absolutely desperate for that sweet drop of wine but wait… where the corkscrew at?
Whether you’re on a camping trip, a picnic, just moved in and are surrounded by unpacked boxes or in the middle of an important meal with the entire family around the table, once in your vino-filled life, you will find yourself in a situation where you just can’t locate that goddamn wine opener (annoyingly it’ll occur when you’re either in the middle of nowhere or when all the shops are closed).
Luckily, Maltese people are resourceful AF.
Say hell no to Wine Thirst (yes, that’s a thing) and a (temporarily) big F U to the corkscrew by using these other, DIY (read: very Maltese) ways to open a bottle filled with Jesus juice.
Disclaimer: Do be careful with these methods and don’t hurt yourself.
1. With a screw and pliers
Drive a screw around two thirds of the way into the cork, grab the screw head firmly with a pair of pliers and pull!
2. With nails and a hammer
Insert a few nails (longer the better) into the cork and gently nail them across the top of the cork (make sure they don’t touch). Hammer them until there’s a small gap between the heads of the nails and the cork and use the back of the hammer to pull the nails (make sure to twist)!
3. With a knife
Insert the knife approx an inch into the cork, start turning the bottle and then gradually pull up the cork.
4. With your keys!
Grab a key, insert it into the cork at a 45-degree angle. Keep pushing the key until most of it is in the cork. Keep twisting the cork around a few times whilst simultaneously pulling up!
5. With a wall and a shoe
Place the bottom of the bottle inside the shoe and bang the sole of shoe against the wall repeatedly!
6. With a blunt object
Get a blunt object such as the end of wooden spoon or toothbrush and push the cork down into the bottle of wine.
It’ll probably not be possible to remove the cork from the bottle once you push it in or the cork (if it’s old) may crumble and shed in to the vino but hey, worth it!