We’ve all been there. You’re staring into the kitchen drawer where the corkscrew should be. It’s not there. And you have absolutely no idea where it has run off to. Chances are it’s near the same place as the land of the lost socks. No matter. Here are eight effective — and potentially irresponsible — things you can use to get that cork out of that bottle.
Two Paper Clips and a Spoon
Unbend the middle loop of each paper clip leaving a U-shape at each end. Wedge one end of the paper clip between the cork and the bottle, pushing it down into the bottle until the end of the U is beneath the cork. Repeat with the other paper clip. Rotate the paper clips and pull upwards, so that the free ends of the U’s will push into the cork. Twist the upper U’s together, and place spoon underneath them. Pull hard.
Insert the knife at a 45-degree angle. Twist upward. Be gentle.
Place the wine bottle into the heel of a thick-soled shoe (think: sneakers). Firmly but cautiously, slam the shoe repeatedly against a wall until the cork begins to pop out of the bottle. Once the cork is about three-quarters of the way out you should be able to pull it the rest of the way by twisting with your hands or pliers.
A Hammer and Nails
Gently tap two or three nails into the cork. Use the back of the hammer to pull the cork out.
A Bike Pump
Insert the pump-needle between the cork and the edge of the bottle. Pump slowly until the cork begins to pop out. Again, once the cork is most of the way out try twisting it the rest of the way with your hands or pliers.
A Metal Shirt Hanger
Twist a metal shirt hanger into a corkscrew shape using pliers. Screw into the bottle and pull out.
Point your fiery wine key at the neck of the bottle, just below the cork, pointing at an upwards angle. Slowly move the flame up to nudge the cork out.
A Screw Cap
Avoid this issue entirely. Buy a screw cap next time.