There is a champagne tradition I learnt in France when I celebrated my 18th birthday. When distant friends meet, and of course drink a bottle of champagne together, they make a pact. One friend keeps the cork and the other the cage. The next time they meet they must each produce their part of the champagne bottle. The one who doesn’t have their keepsake has to buy the next bottle of champagne.
I still keep my cork at home in a box on the shelf, a souvenir from my birthday in France. I don’t carry it with me. It’s been too long since I’ve seen my old friends and I’ll be more than happy to buy the next bottle of champagne when we do finally see each other.
Do you have any champagne traditions?