How Many ml is a Shot


How many ml is a shot?  Perhaps you’re making a mixed drink and you need to know how to properly measure a shot. We’ll give you all the best tips you need as precise measurements and answers to frequently asked questions.

shot glasses with lemon garnishes
shot glasses with lemon garnishes

How Many ml in One Shot?

There are 44 ml in 1 shot or 1.5 oz

What Is a Shot Glass?

A shot glass is a small glass useful for making alcoholic beverages or drinks that can be consumed in one swallow or mixed with other drinks to make a cocktail.


Various sizes of shot glasses can be used for different drinks and cocktails. Some varieties of shot glasses include cheater, fluted, pony, jigger, rounded, and tall shot. 


The cheater shot glass gets its name because it has a very thick bottom that cheats you from a portion of your beverage. It makes it look like you have more than you actually do.


A fluted shot glass has a fluted accent on the bottom.


A pony shot glass is visually smaller and holds only 1 fl oz or 30 ml.


A jigger can be made of stainless steel, is used by bar tenders, and generally one end measures 1 shot, other end measures 2 shots. Many jiggers include graded lines to help with measuring.


A rounded shot glass has slightly rounded sides, just like its name says.

Tall Shot

A tall shot is taller and narrow comparatively speaking to other shot glasses.

pour into shot glasses
pour into shot glasses

Types of Shots

There are two main types of shots, a single shot and a double shot.

Single shot. In United States a single shot measures 1.5 fl oz, but in other countries a shot can measure 1 fl oz.

Double shot. A double shot is any shot over 2 ounces.

1 jigger = 44.36 ml, for an approximate result, multiply the volume value by 44.366

Shot Measurement

Single Shot: 1.5 oz = 3 tbsp = 9 tsp = 44 ml

Double Shot: 3 oz = 6 tbsp = 18 tsp = 88 ml

Why is the precise measurement of a shot important?

There are 3 main reasons why the precise measurement of a shot is important. Those reasons include: customer satisfaction, safety, and cost control.

shot glasses with lemon
shot glasses with lemon

Customer satisfaction. Precise measurement of a shot is important for customer satisfaction.  The goal of baristas and bar tenders is to please their customers and making sure the quantity is accurate is an important part of that customer satisfaction.

Safety. The precise measurement of a shot is important for safety reasons. Too much alcohol can compromise the safety of those who consume the beverages. 

Cost control. Precise measurements are another way to control cost. Making sure the container of espresso goes as far as you think it will, or making sure the correct number of shots are obtained from the bottle of alcohol both help to control costs. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Following are frequently asked questions that relate how many ml is a shot.  If you have a question that’s not answered here, feel free to drop it in the comments box below and we’ll be happy to answer it.

How many shots are there in a bottle of whiskey?

The size of whisky and the size of the shot glass will determine how many shots there are in a bottle of whiskey. 

However, for example, there are 25 one ounce shots in a 750ml bottle of whiskey.

pour into shot glasses
pouring into shot glasses

How many shots are there in a 750ml bottle?

How many shots in a bottle? There are 25 shots that equal 1 ounce in a 750ml bottle of whiskey, for example.

How many shots do I need for a party?

You can use the following equation to determine the answer.

Number of people at party x Average number of shots consumed = Total shots required

How many ounces in a shot?

In the United States, a shot is measured by 1.5 fluid ounces.

How many ounces in a double shot?

You’d be correct to assume that if a single shot is 1.5 fluid ounces, that a double shot is 3 fluid ounces. However, a double shot is classified as anything over 2 fluid ounces.

How many shots in a pint?

There are 8 shots in 1 pint.

How to free pour a shot?

You might notice that some baristas and bar tenders free pour a shot. To do this, you can count to 4 and come close to the equivalent of 1 shot.

Or, if you don’t have a shot glass, it might be helpful to know that 1 shot = 3 tablespoons.

What kinds of drinks are served in a shot?

A shot can be used to measure espresso, and alcoholic beverages such as whisky, vodka, shooters, jagermeisters, and tequila.

shot glasses with lime garnish
shot glasses with lime garnish

Are ounces and milliliters the same?

1 fluid ounce is the equivalent of 1/16 pint.  1 fluid ounce is the equivalent of 29.57 milliliters.

How many ounces in a shooter?

Most hold 2-3 ounces or more.

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