How Many ml is a Shot?

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How Many ml is a Shot? Sizes, Volume and Dimensions

There are exactly 44.3603 milliliters in a standard US shot glass. Although most information shows 44 ml, that is a rounded measurement and not an exact one.

Are you looking to make a yummy new shot recipe but the instructions are in ounces but you don’t have a shot glass or any way to measure in ounces?

If you have something that can measure milliliters, then you can still follow your recipe since a shot equals 44.3603 milliliters. That’s assuming you have an average shot glass like the kind you see in your local bar in the USA.

In bars in both the USA and Canada, the average shot glass is 1.5 ounces, or 1 oz. But this is NOT at all the same as in other countries. Take a look at the chart below to see just how differently shot glass sizes vary from country to country. You’d think by now this would all be a lot more standardized. But it’s not.

What Is A Shot Glass?

standard one and a half ounce shot glasses
Standard Shot Glasses

A shot glass is usually a small thick glass used to serve a shot of something like whiskey or tequila. They’ve been around a long time and now most drink recipes use them as a guide on how much alcohol to add to a drink or cocktail recipe.

No matter what country you’re in, you can use our chart above to get an idea of how much liquid you should be using for the equivalent to a shot of something.

Shot Glass Sizes

A standard shot is either 1.5 ounces or 44 milliliters (rounded down). But that doesn’t mean there aren’t a ton of other shot glass sizes available. Even just in the USA there are a ton of different shot glass sizes available. But first, let’s talk about global sizes like in the UK or Japan.

Looking at the chart below as a reference, we can see the range is around a little less than an ounce, to just above 1.5 oz. This may seem like no big deal, but if you are running a bar and looking at costs, it really matter quite a bit.

CountryFluid OuncesMilliliters
South Africa0.825
United Kingdom0.825
United States1.544
Shot Glass Sizes Around the World

How Many Ounces in a Shot?

There are 1.5 ounces in a standard USA shot. Of course there are shot glasses ranging from 1 oz to three or more ounces, but 1.5 is as standard as it gets in the US.

How Many ml in a Shot Glass?

There are 44 milliliters in a standard USA shot. This is rounded down as the exact measurement is 44.3603 milliliters. The most common shot glasses you’ll see are listed below;

  • A Larger Shot Glass is 3 ounces or 89 ml
  • A Medium Shot glass is 1.5 oz or 44 ml
  • A Small Shot Glass is 1 ounce or 30ml

Again, these are rounded numbers and not exact.

How Many Tablespoons in a Shot?

If you’re at your home bar, then maybe you have measuring spoons around. If so, then use Tablespoon or Teaspoon to measure.

Teaspoon = 4.92892 milliliters = pretty much exactly 9 teaspoons to make a shot. The exact is 9.0000040576 teaspoons for a shot.

Tablespoon = 14.7868 milliliters = almost exactly 3 tablespoons to make a shot. The exact measurement is 2.9999932372 to make a shot.

How Many Jiggers in a Shot?

In case you do have a jigger around and didn’t realize it, a jigger is the same thing as a shot glass as far as the volume of liquid held. that means the answer to how many jiggers in a shot is ONE.

The only difference is a jigger is usually a double jigger meaning they have two cups, one 1 ounce and one 1.5 ounce measurement sizes. And they are usually made of metal. Otherwise, the amount of liquid they hold is exactly the same.

Shot Glass Dimensions

The “average” standard 1.5 oz shot glass dimensions in inches are 2.25 inches tall x 2 inches top diameter x 1.3 inches base diameter.

In centimeters this is equivalent to 6 cm tall x 5 cm top diameter x 3.5 cm base diameter.

There are of course many variations for these measurements, but the regular heavy shot glass you get served with by your favorite bartender will usually have these glass dimensions or something very close.

Shot Glass Volume

The volume of liquid a shot glass holds is the same as the above, 1.5 ounces or 43 ml. But if you want to know other conversions for a shot glass, I have included a chart below using the conversions of a 1.5 oz shot glass…

0.0117188 gallons0.0443603 liters
0.046875 quarts44.3603 milliliters
0.09375 pints
0.184835 cups
1.5 ounces
3 tablespoons
9 teaspoons

Shot Glass Volume Chart

These measurements are rounded when necessary.

How to Measure a Shot Without a Shot Glass?

Okay, so maybe you’re creating that awesome drink recipe at home and you don’t have a shot glass to measure out the cocktail ingredients. So what now? Here are a few things you can do…

1. Count Free Pours

The easiest way I know to pour a shot is to count in my head as I’m pouring IF the bottle has a speed pourer. The pourer regulates the flow of the alcohol pour and makes each pour the same.

If I am pouring a drink that calls for a shot, I count to four depending on who the drink is for.

If you’re a bartender and someone asks for a whiskey neat, I’ll usually pour a five count to be a bit generous. It even looks better as far as presentation. This equals a bit more than a traditional shot. There’s nothing worse than feeling like you’re being short changed when buying a drink.

If you are contemplating becoming a bartender, I suggest you practice your pours. Just grab an empty bottle, fill it with water, add a speed pourer and start pouring and counting into a real shot glass.

After twenty pours or so, you should be able to count out your pours pretty accurately.

Now start pouring into a rocks glass. After each pour, dump the liquid in the rocks glass into the shot glass to see how accurate your pour was. Then keep practicing until you get it right.

2. Bar Spoons

If you are working in a bar, there should be a bar spoon around. These little spoons normally equal about ⅙ oz or 2.5 ml. of liquid per spoonful. I actually wrote a detailed article on how much a bar spoon holds here. Again, it is more accurate than counting, but another extra step which is why you should learn to count pour instead.

So you would need around 9 bar spoon fulls of vodka or whatever alcohol you’re using to equal a standard 1.5 ounce shot.

Is a Shot Glass an Ounce?

Although one ounce shot glasses are common in the USA and Canada, the “standard” shot size is one and a half ounces. So no, a shot glass is not an an ounce.

But a “standard” shot glass in Australia, India and Japan are one ounce shot glasses. So it depends on where you are.

How Many ML in a Double Shot?

There are 89 milliliters in a standard USA double shot which is also equivalent to three ounces of liquid. This is a slightly rounded up number.

The actual number for a standard American shot is 44.3603 milliliters. Multiply this by two and you get 88.7206 milliliters. So the exact measurement for a double shot in the USA is 88.7206 milliliters of liquid.

Shot Glass Measurement UK

In the UK a typical shot glass equals 25 ml (milliliters) or 0.8 ounces per shot of alcohol. These are smaller than their USA counterparts. They also usually have the automatic pourers on upside down bottles that automatically pour the proper shot measurement for the bar tender.

How Many ML in a Double Shot UK?

A double shot in the UK measures 50 milliliters or 1.6 ounces of alcohol. A standard shot is 25 milliliters or 0.8 ounces. Just multiply this by two.

How Many ML in a Single Measure?

A single measure in the UK is 25 milliliters or 0.8 ounces of alcohol.

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