You're planning to serve shots at a party - so how many bottles will you need to buy so no one misses out? This article answers the question 'how many shots in a bottle', plus gives you tips for preparing your shots perfectly!
If you are planning a party or perhaps stocking a bar for a new opening, you may be curious about how much alcohol you need to buy, especially if you plan on serving shots for you and all of your guests.
This article will help you determine just how many shots of straight liquor you can get out of a certain sized bottle; of course, if you are mixing shots, they will go even further!
The most common sized bottle of alcohol is 750 ml or 25.4 oz, however, there are a range of bottle sizes, both smaller and larger that will hold a different volume of liquor. Here is a breakdown of just how many shots you will get out of a bottle of alcohol. Of course, everyone pours their shots a little differently, but in this case, we are defining a shot as 1 1/2 oz.
How Many Shots in a Bottle?
Mini bottle - 50 ml/1.7 oz - 1 shot
Quarter pint - 100 ml/3.4 oz - 2 shots
Half pint - 200 ml/6.8 oz - 4 shots
Pint - 375 ml/12.7 oz - 8 shots
Standard bottle - 750 ml/25.4 oz - 16 shots
Liter - 1 L/33.8 oz - 22 shots
Magnum - 1.5 L/50.7 oz - 33 shots
Half gallon - 1.75 L/59.2 oz - 39 shots
Double magnum - 3 L/101.4 oz - 67 shots
Rehoboam - 4.5 L/152.2 oz - 101 shots
Shot glasses do not have a standard size, as they can range from 1 oz right up to 2-3 oz. If you are wanting to be mindful of how many shots are being used from a bottle, you can always pour your liquor into a measuring spoon first for accuracy, before transferring it to a cocktail shaker.
Getting creative with shots
Not only do shots allow you to get your creative juices flowing, but they are fun to make and taste great!
If you are planning to serve flavored shots, you will want to have some mixers on hand too.
Using a base liquor, such as vodka or rum, you can then add a liqueur and generally some other kind of mixer, like juice or soda.
You can always garnish the rim of a shot glass, or dip it in sugar or salt to complement the flavors of the shot. To do this, either dip the rim of the glass into a bit or water, or use a lime to rub around the rim, and then dip it into a dish of salt/sugar.
In fact, when making shots, we believe there is a perfect ratio - 2:1:1. That is, two parts of your base alcohol, one part sour (perhaps lime or lemon juice), and one part sweet (think along the lines of triple sec or juice).
When making a shot, pour your ingredients into a cocktail shaker packed with ice and be sure to shake vigorously. Always pop the straining lid on top of the shaker and you can then serve straight into shot glasses. Chilled shot glasses for certain shots - like straight tequila or Jägermeister - are always a great touch.
Looking for some fun and exciting shot recipes to get the party started? Why not give these a try...