Uncork the Possibilities: How to Use a Waiter’s Corkscrew

Posted on July 28, 2011
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Using a waiter's corkscrew

From pouring drinks and mixing cocktails to acting as therapist, best friend, law enforcement and sometimes clean-up crew, professional bartenders can tell you that their job involves more than simply knowing their way around the bar. However, understanding how to use the tools of the trade certainly doesn’t hurt, and really does make things easier once things behind the bar get hoppin’.

Of all the tools bartenders use on a regular basis, the waiter’s corkscrew is perhaps one of the most common. This bartending implement has the means to open a bottle of beer or wine, and that alone makes it great. However, it’s the functionality of this type of corkscrew that sets it apart.

How to Use a Waiter’s Corkscrew

To use a waiter’s corkscrew, follow these instructions:

Center the screw into the cork in the mouth of the bottle.

While applying pressure, turn the screw into the bottle until it is all the way in and no screw remains.

Tip the waiter’s corkscrew to form a lever.

Secure the hinged support onto the lip of the bottle, and then pull up on the opposite end to begin pulling the cork up as well.

Some models have a two-stage support for easier cork-removal. Others just require a little extra force to dislodge the cork.

Winged Corkscrews

Winged corkscrews are an alternative handheld option to the waiters’ corkscrew. They are a little more cumbersome, with two handles, or wings, and a central circle for keeping the screw aligned. This is often the choice for home users, and not usually the best choice for professionals since it takes longer to use.

T-Shaped Corkscrews

T-shaped corkscrews are another handheld option, often relegated to the most experienced of bartenders. These corkscrews have none of the bells and whistles of other varieties. Instead, they include just the simple metal screw and a plastic or wooden handle. These corkscrews take some effort, since there is no leveraging benefit to the design.

If you are a professional, be sure you know how to handle your corkscrew of choice! If you are using your corkscrew from home, chances are your audience will be a little more forgiving if you aren’t quite up to par with the pros, but you should still choose the tool you are more comfortable with.

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1 Reply to "Uncork the Possibilities: How to Use a Waiter's Corkscrew"

  • Josh
    September 6, 2011 (11:28 am)

    Practice makes perfect

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