What Is the Size of a Shot of Alcohol?

The size of an alcoholic shot is determined by the shot glass used. Shot glasses are small glasses that measure or carry alcohol and can be used to consume straight from the glass or to pour into a mixed cocktail. A shot of alcohol in the United States can range from 1 to 2 ounces, with most restaurants and pubs providing 1.25 to 1.5 ounces per shot.

Although the amount of alcohol in a 1.5-ounce shot of 80-proof alcohol varies depending on the type of alcohol used, it contains roughly the same amount of alcohol as a 12-ounce can of beer or a 5-ounce glass of wine. The number of shots in a 750-milliliter bottle of alcohol, which holds around 25.4 ounces, is determined by the size of the shot. A bartender pouring 1.5-ounce shots, for example, may serve about 17 shots per bottle. The same bottle of alcohol delivers little over 20 shots when using a 1.25-ounce shot.

Shooters are small mixed drinks that can be served in a shot glass and contain 2 to 3 ounces of liquid. Kamikazes (vodka, lime juice, and orange liqueur) and lemon drops are two popular shooters.

(vodka, lemon wedge, and sugar)

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Misha Khatri
Misha Khatri is an emeritus professor in the University of Notre Dame's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He graduated from Northern Illinois University with a BSc in Chemistry and Mathematics and a PhD in Physical Analytical Chemistry from the University of Utah.


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