How Many Ounces in a Shot: Learn Here!

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Mixing drinks and cocktails looks like an easy thing if you are watching from a side. However, if you want to make them and want to know how they are made, you will see that they are not a simple and easy thing to prepare.

Making a cocktail is an art that requires measuring and balancing the amounts of all the ingredients used for its preparation.

That’s why bartenders you see in the bars always measure and mix drinks to make a perfect cocktail that tastes and looks great.

There’s not one standard shot size that can be used. The size of a shot varies depending on the glass you are using and in which country you are at the time.

In the USA -Utah, one standard single shot usually has 1.5 ounces or 44 ml.

However, if you are in another country, keep reading, as I will explain the variations between the two measurement systems: metric and imperial, and much more. 

Most usually measure liquids in ounces, but some countries use milliliters instead of ounces.

It’s crucial to measure the alcohol accurately for a well-balanced drink, so let’s learn how to do it properly.

vodka bottle

Is a Shot 1oz or 2oz?

People use shot glasses that hold from 1.5-2 ounces of liquor for measuring drinks, but shot glasses come in different sizes and shapes depending on the country.

Here are some examples of the size of the shot glasses used in various countries.

Country Shot glass size
Italy, Israel, Japan 2.02 oz
Russia,Slovakia,Bulgaria,Romania 1.69 oz
Greece 1.52 oz
USA 1.50 oz
Canada 1.44 oz
Sweden, Finland, Poland, Hungary 1.35 oz
Ireland 1.2 oz
Australia, Serbia, India 1.01 oz
UK, South Africa .84 oz
Germany, Denmark .67 oz

As you can notice, there’s a difference in the size of the shot glasses, depending on the country.

So, if you plan to visit some of these countries like Italy and Germany, one shot will make a big difference because a shot in Italy is 2.02 oz, while in Germany, you will get only .67oz of liquor in a shot. 

Is 2 oz a Standard Shot?

The standard shot in the USA is usually 1.5 oz, but you can also find shot glasses in sizes such as 1.25, 2, 3, and even 4 oz. The size of the regular shot depends on the type of drink and alcohol ordered.

If you order a neat or on-the-rocks liquor, you will get a 2 oz pour. While if you have a standard cocktail, you will get 1.5 oz of liquor.

For ordered champagne, the standard serving size is 4 oz.

How Many Shots is 2 oz?

Two oz is two shots. If you want to convert oz into shots, you have to multiply the ounces by 1.

The formula: Value in shots = value in ounces [the US, liquid] × 1

Value in shots = 2 oz x 1=2

Here are the values for other quantities converted from oz to shots.

1 oz ( US, liquid) 1 shot
2 oz ( US, liquid) 2 shots
4 oz ( US, liquid) 4 shots
5 oz (US, liquid) 5 shots
8 oz (US, liquid) 8 shots
1/16 oz (US, liquid) 0.0625 shot
1/8 oz (US, liquid) 0.125 -1/8 shot
1/4 oz (US, liquid) 0.25 -1/4 shot
1/3oz (US, liquid) 0.3333 -1/3 shot
1/2 oz (US, liquid) 0.5 -1/2 shot

How Many Ounces in a Shot of Vodka?

One standard shot of vodka has 1.5 ounces or 44ml.

Straight shots of vodka, tequila, and whiskey are usually served in shot glasses and are drunk quickly.

There are many distilled spirits, and each has its distinctive flavor. The base liquors are vodka, tequila, brandy, whiskey, rum, and gin.

They’re used to make various cocktails and other drinks. Vodka, as one of the base liquors, is also used in many cocktails.

The most popular cocktails with vodka include Bloody Mary, Cosmopolitan, Vodka Martini, Screwdriver, Caesar, Moscow Mule, and others.

Vodka is a versatile liquor that pairs well with juices, mixers, and syrups like orange juice, cranberry juice, pineapple juice, tomato juice, lemonade, and ginger beer.

How Many Ounces in a Shot of Tequila?

In a standard shot of tequila is 1.5 ounces.

Remember that tequila shots seem small, but this drink is usually 35-50 %ABV, so they can easily make you drunk.

Tequila is also used in various cocktails.

The most known cocktails made with tequila include The Margarita, Mexican Mule, Tequila Sunrise,  Long Island Iced Tea, Paloma, and others.


How Many ml in a Shot Glass?

One shot glass is 1.5 oz or 44ml. However, this amount can vary depending on how big the shot glass is. One small shot glass contains about 30 ml of liquor, a medium size shot glass 44ml, while a large shot glass has 88 ml of liquor.

You can find shot glasses of different sizes. They can hold from 28-90 ml of liquor. Moreover, there’s a single shot, double shot glasses, and shooters.

In the US, the standard liquid measurement is ounces. However, in other countries, they use milliliters to measure liquids. The single shot has 1.5 oz or 44ml, while the double shot has 3 oz or 88ml.

Here is the table where shots are converted into ml in different countries.

Country Small Shot Single Shot Double Shot
United States / 30-44 ml 59-89 ml
United Kingdom / 25 or 35 ml 50 or 70 ml
Italy 30 ml 40 or 60 ml /
Sweden 20 ml 40 ml 60 ml
Norway 20 ml 40 ml /
Russia / 50 ml 100 ml
Poland 20 ml 50 ml 100 ml
Korea / 50 ml /
Japan 30 ml 60 ml /
Slovenia 30 ml 50 ml 100 ml
South Africa / 25 ml 50 ml
Slovakia 20 or 25 ml 40 or 50 ml 80 or 100 ml
Serbia 20 ml 30 -50 ml 60-100 ml
Romania 50 ml 100 ml /
Germany / 20 ml 40 ml
France / 25 or 35 ml 50 or 70 ml
Australia / 30 ml 60 ml
Greece / 45 ml 90 ml
Estonia 20 or 30 ml 40 ml /
Denmark 20 ml 40 ml 50 ml
Canada 30 ml 44 ml 71 ml
Hungary 20 or 30 ml 40 or 50 ml 80 or 100 ml
Ireland   35.5 ml 71 ml
India 30 ml 30 ml 60 ml
Finland 20 ml 40 ml /
Israel 30 ml 50 or 60 ml /
Albania / 50 ml 100 ml
Netherlands / 35 ml /
Isle of Man / 28.4 ml 56.8 ml
Channel Islands / 25 ml 50 ml
Bulgaria 50 ml 100 ml 200 ml

How Many Ounces in a Jigger? 

A jigger or double jigger is a measuring tool for alcohol for making cocktails.

One standard jigger has one smaller and one larger conjoined cup with different measurements.

Standard jiggers are found in two sizes. One is with the bigger jigger cup, also known as jigger shot, and has 1.5 ounces, while the smaller jigger cup, called pony shot, has 3/4 ounces.

The other type of jigger is with one oz in one cup and half oz in the other.

Jiggers can be made of stainless steel, glass, or plastic and can be found in different sizes and shapes. There’s also a jigger that can hold 2 ounces of alcohol.

Different jiggers are used to measure alcohol in ounces and milliliters.

Bartenders use the jiggers to make well-balanced cocktails that will taste great; if they use the free pour method, they can easily under-pour or over-pour the cocktails and change their taste.

Also check: How Many Tequila Shots Does it Take to Get Drunk?


When preparing cocktails and other drinks at home, it is important to know the right measures to get perfect-tasting drinks. So, a shot glass is something you must use to ensure that you will measure the liquor precisely.

Bartenders also use shot glasses to make great-tasting and consistent cocktails and drinks with the right amounts of liquors.

But whether you are in a bar or making a drink at home, these shot glasses will help you to know the amount of liquor you are consuming and help you not to get drunk.

You can also buy a jigger and use it instead of the shot glass. They are easy to find in the houseware stores, or you can order them online. If you have a jigger or a shot glass, you will mix your cocktails like a professional bartender and enjoy their flavor.

Measuring your liquor precisely is important because too much alcohol in your drink can affect its flavor and increase its ABV. And too much alcohol is not a good option for you. You want to enjoy your drink, not get sick of it.

Just don’t forget to drink wisely, as you can easily get drunk, and most importantly, don’t drink and drive because you can easily ruin your life and the life of others for no good reason.

Chad Smith

Meet Chad Smith, a seasoned bartender with a passion for mixology. He's the founder of Tin Roof Drink Community, a blog where he shares expert tips, creative recipes, and fosters a vibrant community of cocktail enthusiasts and aspiring bartenders. Join Chad as he takes you on a flavorful journey through the world of drinks. Cheers!

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