How Many Ounces Are in a Shot Glass? (INFOGRAPHIC)

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If you’ve ever downed a shot or two at a bar with friends, you know that it’s a very potent way to consume liquor. Drink too many shots over a short a period of time and you’ll definitely feel the effects.

Which begs the question, what is a shot anyway? How many ounces of liquor are in a shot glass?

Although the American government hasn’t officially defined a standard measurement for one “shot”, the state of Utah formally defines it as 1.5 oz of alcohol. In the rest of the USA, one shot is generally accepted to be anywhere from 1 – 1.5 oz.

If that’s not confusing enough, you should know that the size of a shot also varies from one country to the next.

How Many Tablespoons Are in a Shot Glass?

If you don’t have a 1.5 oz shot glass handy, you can always use measuring spoons to craft your cocktails. It won’t be as efficient but at least you’ll get your portions right!

One 1.5 oz shot is equal to 3 tablespoons or 9 teaspoons.

Here is an infographic to illustrate this comparison.

Infographic comparing a shot glass to tablespoons and teaspoons

Shot Glasses, Jiggers, and Shooters (Oh My!)

Generally, when someone orders a shot in a bar, they’re expecting the server to bring small glass of liquor over to be consumed immediately but you may see different types of shot glasses behind the bar.

Here is an overview of the various glasses you’re likely to see.

Shot Glass

A shot glass is a small glass intended to hold a single measure of liquor – typically 1.5 oz. Shot glasses are used for measuring spirits which can be added to a cocktail or consumed directly from the glass.

This Kolder Mini Measure Shot Glass is an Amazon best seller and has markings in ounces, milliliters, tablespoons, and teaspoons.

Kolder Mini Measure Shot Glass

Kolder Mini Measure Shot Glass


A jigger is a specially designed hourglass shaped vessel that will commonly hold 1.5 oz on one side and 1 oz on the other. Jiggers make it quick and easy to measure ingredients for any cocktail.

This OXO Steel Double Jigger is especially durable and looks great.

OXO Steel Double Jigger

OXO Steel Double Jigger


Popular shooters include drinks with names like B-52, Alabama Slammer, or Lemon Drop. They’re usually hastily consumed by friends eager to “get their drink on”. They can be served in any small glass, usually in the 2 – 3 oz range.

These YULEER 2 oz Heavy Base Shot Glasses are a popular choice and come in a set of 12.

YULEER 2 oz Heavy Base Shot Glasses

YULEER 2 oz Heavy Base Shot Glasses

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By Michael

Chief mixologist and cocktail enthusiast at Swizzle Club.