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Liquor Bottle Sizes: Oz, Shots & ML in Alcohol Bottle Sizes

December 9, 2019
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Taking liquor inventory involves a lot of math. How many ounces in 750 ml? How many ounces in 1.75 l, for that matter? And how many shots are in a fifth of vodka? Answers to questions like these enable you to take accurate inventory counts. And because we love managing liquor inventory like an only child, we’re going to help you.

So we took a look at the most common sizes of liquor bottles. And we broke it all down for you by ounces, ml, and shots.

Below, you'll see figures for the shot, the pint, the liter, and the handle. All the most frequently encountered alcohol and liquor bottle sizes and serving sizes. We’ve got a lovely liquor bottle sizes graphic below. And a common liquor bottle sizes chart at the very end of the post. All usage of ounces in this article refers to fluid ounces.

Happy inventorying!

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Common Liquor Bottles Sizes Chart

Here's a chart with the most common sizes of liquor bottles, along with how many shots, ounces, and ml they have. If you've gone bartending school or have your bartender license, these should be burned in your brain.

Name Shots Ounces Milliliters
Shot 1 1.5 44.36
Pint 10.5 16 473
Fifth 17 25.36 750
Liter 22 33.82 1000
Handle 39 59.18 1750

Less Common Alcohol Bottle Sizes

The above chart and graphic illustrate the common alcohol bottle sizes. But, in our quest for comprehensiveness, we want to provide the whole picture. Below are some of the uncommon alcohol bottle sizes in the U.S. Many are also uncommon wine bottle sizes.

Nip

The alcohol bottle size known as a nip is also called a mini and contains 50 ml of alcohol. That’s about 1.7 ounce and approximately one 1.5-ounce shot.

Quarter pint

A quarter pint alcohol bottle size is 100 ml and contains 3.4 ounces. It’s not exactly a quarter pint, but it’s still known as a quarter pint. There are roughly two 1.5-ounce shots in a quarter pint.

Half pint

Likewise, a half pint alcohol bottle size isn’t exactly half of an actual pint. But it is double a quarter pint alcohol bottle size. A half pint in ml is 200 ml, or 6.8 ounces. A half pint alcohol bottle size contains about four 1.5-ounce shots. The most common half pint of alcohol is the half pint of Hennessy.

Magnum

A magnum liquor bottle is in between the liter of liquor (1 L) and the handle of liquor (1.75 L). A magnum alcohol bottle size is 1.5 L or 50.7 ounces. A magnum liquor bottle has about 34 1.5-ounce shots in it. 

Double Magnum

A double magnum alcohol bottle size is also called a jeroboam. It’s 3 L or 101.4 ounces. That means there are roughly 67 1.5-ounce shots in a double magnum or jeroboam alcohol bottle.

Rehoboam

Finally, the biggest. A rehoboam is an alcohol bottle size of 4.5 L or 152.2 ounces. It contains just over 101 1.5-ounce shots of liquor. You'll only open one of these for special occasions. No point letting the liquor go bad by opening it at the wrong time.

How Many Ounces and ML Are In a Shot?

How big is a shot? It varies. Depends on where you are, how generous the barkeep is, and what you ask for. Below is the answer to how many ounces is one shot, among other common queries.

How Many Ounces in a Shot?

So, just how big is a shot? Most bartenders and cocktail recipes use 1.5 ounces of liquor per shot. That said, there is no standard shot size in the U.S., except for in Utah where they define a shot as 1 fluid ounce. But for all intents and purposes, a shot in the U.S. is 1.5 ounces. Some establishments pour lighter 1.25-ounce pours. Some pour heavier than 1.5, though not often.

That means that a double shot is typically 3 ounces of liquor, though that's of course assuming the bartender is pouring 1.5-ounce shots. But any shot over 2 ounces is considered a double. This applies to cocktails made as doubles, too. Read more about standard liquor pours and standard wine pours. We've also got a great resource that'll help you figure out how many beers in a keg, too.

How Many ML in a Shot?

There are 44.36 ml in a standard 1.5-ounce shot. One US fluid ounce is 29.57 ml. So to convert fluid ounces to ml, multiply the ounces by 29.57. Remember that how many ml in a shot depends on the shot being poured. If it’s a 1-ounce shot, there are 29.57 ml in a shot.

How Many Ounces and Shots In a 750 ML Liquor Bottle?

This is the bottle of liquor most people think of when they ask how many shots are in a bottle of liquor. It’s pretty much the standard alcohol bottle size and what you'll most use for well liquor. It’s also called a 5th of alcohol.

How Many Ounces in 750 Ml?

There are 25.36 ounces in a 750 ml bottle. It's the most common liquor bottle size out there. But, when people ask "how many ounces in 750 ml?" they're usually trying to figure how many drinks they can get out of a 750 ml bottle, right? And that depends on the size of the shots being poured. So keep on reading.

How Many Shots In a 750ML Bottle?

There are approximately 17 1.5-ounce shots in a 750ml bottle of liquor. It’s the most common shot size in the U.S. So, for example, that means there are just over eight 3-ounce screwdriver doubles in a fifth of vodka.

What Is a Fifth of Liquor?

A fifth of alcohol, be it a fifth of vodka or any other type of liquor, is another name for a 750 ml alcohol bottle. In the late 19th century, one fifth of a gallon was the legal threshold for individual commercial alcohol sales. Anything larger and you had to go wholesale. For this reason, fifths were also called commercial quarts. Fifths are mostly what bartenders use to free pour with.

How Many Drinks in a Fifth?

“How many ounces in a fifth?" is the exact same question as “how big is a 750 ml liquor bottle?”. There are 25.36 ounces in a fifth of liquor. That means there are approximately 17 1.5-ounce drinks in a fifth.

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How Many Shots in 375 ML?

There are roughly 8.5 shots in a 375 ml bottle of alcohol. It’s half the amount of shots in a fifth of alcohol, or a 750 ml bottle of liquor.

How Many Ounces and Shots Are In a 1.75 L Bottle?

Let's now take a look at how many ounces and shots a 1.75 L of alcohol has. Also affectionately known as a handle of liquor.

How Many Ounces in 1.75 L?

There are approximately 59.18 ounces in a liquor bottle size of 1.75 l. A 1.75-liter liquor bottle size is also half a gallon.

How Many Shots in a 1.75 L Bottle of Liquor?

A 1.75 l liquor bottle, has 39 1.5-ounce shots in it. That means a 1.75 liter handle of alcohol also has about 19 double shots in it.

What Is a Handle of Liquor?

The 1.75 l bottle is also called a handle of liquor or a handle of alcohol. Or it’s referred to as a handle of whatever type of liquor it is. A handle of vodka, for example. It's big enough to have a handle on the bottle, hence the “handle of alcohol” name.

A handle of liquor is a 1.75 ML bottle of liquor. That means it too has 39 1.5-ounce shots in it. Doesn’t matter if it’s a handle of vodka, a handle of rum, or a handle of whiskey. A handle of alcohol is a different name for a 1.75 ml alcohol bottle.

How Big Is a Pint?

The pint is the weeknight warrior of the liquor sizes group. Heading out to bars after work, talking all about their crazy night the next morning. A pint is also the key to properly pour a beer. Below are the ml, ounces, and shots in a pint.

How Many ML In a Pint?

A pint is 473 ml. More often found as a serving size than a bottle size, there are of course pint bottles out there. Both for beer and liquor.

How Many Ounces in a Pint?

There are 16 ounces in a pint.

How Many Shots In a Pint?

A pint has about 10 and a half 1.5-ounce shots in it.

How Many ML, Ounces, and Shots In a Liter?

The liter is the liquor size group's foreign friend. They grew up in a different place.

How Big Is a Liter?

A liter bottle of liquor is 1,000 ml or 1 liter. That makes it 25% larger than a standard 750ml fifth. Buying a liter of liquor in the U.S. is about as common as ordering a liter of cola. Nevertheless, they're out there.

How Many Ounces in a Liter?

There are approximately 33.82 ounces in a liter.

How Many Shots in a Liter?

There are 22 1.5-ounce shots in a liter. That means there are about 11 shots or standard cocktail pours in a liter of alcohol.

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And That's How Big Liquor Bottles Are!

Hopefully you enjoyed this exercise. Knowing liquor sizes makes taking your bar's inventory and ordering your full bar inventory easier, and that's a win. Another thing that will make your bar inventory management easier is using bar inventory software like BinWise Pro. It turns the time-consuming task of manual counting into a series of quick scans. And it generates all the data and reports you'll need as a bar manager or beverage director to make the most profitable decisions possible.

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