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Bartending Guide

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All drink recipes given on our drink recipes site uses imperial standard of measurements. But if you are not able to understand imperial standard of measurements then here is a list of bar measurement conversion factors:

Some common bartending terms and their measurements

Term Imperial system Metric System
Shot 1 1/2 oz. 4.5 cL
Jigger 1 1/2 oz. 4.5 cL
Cup 8 oz. 24 cL
Tablespoon (tbsp.) 1/2 oz. 15 mL
Gallon 128 oz. 3.8 L
Quart 1/4 gallon or 32 oz. ~ 1 L
Fifth 1/5 gallon or ~26 oz. 0.75 L
Dash or Splash 1/32 oz. (see below) (see below)

Shot Glasses

A proper shot glass is 1.5 oz., but many bars use "pony shots", which are only 1 oz.

Dash or Splash

These are terms that simply refer to small amounts. When you are using dashes or splashes, you are flavouring a cocktail for taste, so it becomes a bit of a judgement call. Don't go overboard, but make sure you use enough to be noticed. A splash is a little more than a dash, and generally involves less viscous liquids such as mixers, whereas dashes are used with stronger flavourings, such as tabasco.

Other Measurements

English system Metric System
Fifth = 4/5 Quart = 1/5 Gal. = 25.6 oz    =>    750 ml = 25.5 oz
Pint (pt) = 1/2 Quart = 16.0 oz    =>    500 ml = 17.0 oz
Half-Pint = 8.0 oz    =>    200 ml = 6.8 oz
Half-Gallon = 64.0 oz    =>    1750 ml = 59.7 oz
Quart = 32.0 oz    =>    1000 ml = 34.1 oz

Standard Bar Measurements

These are the standard bar measurements used in United States and many other places. But Metric system is used in UK and some other places. Use our above mentioned metiric system converion if you live in UK or any metric system country.

1 dash/splash 1/32 ounce
1 teaspoon (tsp) 1/8 ounce
1 tablespoon (tblsp) 3/8 ounce
1 pony 1 ounce
1 jigger/bar glass 1 1/2 ounces
1 shot 1 1/2 ounces
1 snit 3 ounces
1 wineglass 4 ounces
1 split 6 ounces
1 cup 8 ounces
1 pint 16 ounces
1 quart 32 ounces
1 fifth 25.6 ounces
1 gallon 128 ounces

 
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