Shot glasses are standard equipment in every bar. If you mix drinks at home, you need to know what to look for in this essential item. Some are for measuring, some are for drinking, and some are mostly for show.What is the purpose of a shot glass?
When used as a measuring tool, shot glasses are used to measure the quantities of liquid ingredients that you are putting in your cocktails. This ensures that you are mixing a properly proportioned drink. Your guests will notice when you serve consistently well-made cocktails.
Shot glasses that are just for drinking are not usually accurate for measurement. They are used to serve shots to your guests.What is the difference between different kinds of shot glasses?
Double-ended metal: This classic bartender’s tool is made of stainless steel, so it can stand up to the workload in a busy bar. It can be dropped and sanitized over and over. This type is usually engraved with its capacity. The larger end is usually twice the capacity of the smaller end. Some models have graduated markings all along their length.
The double-ended metal type is designed for speed. A skilled bartender can quickly flip it to use whichever end is called for. If you enjoy libations often at home, this item should be a part of your bar set.
Glass: Glass shot glasses are made for drinking shots. They will sometimes have a line around the top, or they may even be marked with graduated measures. You can use them for occasional, casual measurement.
There are many styles of glass shots available, so just choose whatever suits your taste. Some are clear, simple, and elegant. Some are frosted, engraved, or molded into novelty shapes. You can also find glasses with painted logos of liquor companies.How much does a shot glass hold?
The standard bar measure is 1.5 ounces. For most double-ended stainless shot glasses, this will be the larger end. The smaller end will be .75 ounces. It is possible to find double-ended glasses that are 2 ounces on one end and 1 on the other. A one-ounce measure is called a “pony” or “pony shot.”
Glass versions can vary much more widely. If you order a shooter in a bar, you will probably get a 1.5-ounce serving in a clear, basic glass. For the home market, the choices are much broader. Once you find a style you like, you can check it at home to find its capacity.How many “parts” is a shot?
When a cocktail recipe calls for a “part,” this is not a specific measure. It refers to the proportions of the ingredients. If you make a drink with .75 ounces of “A” and 1.5 of “B,” that is one part “A” and two parts “B.”