Standard Bar Measures

Measurement (US)
Measurement (Metric)
1 partany equal partany equal part
1 dash1/48 fl. ounce0.625 mL
1 splash (**)1/5 fl.ounce5.91 mL
1 teaspoon (tsp)1/6 fl. ounce4.93 mL
1 tablespoon (Tbsp.) or 'count'1/2 fl. ounce14.79 mL
1 pony1 fl. ounce29.57 mL
1 jigger1 1/2 fl. ounces44.36 mL
1 shot (†)1 1/2 fl. ounces44.36 mL
1 snit3 fl. ounces88.72 mL
1 wineglass4 fl. ounces118.29 mL
1 split6 fl. ounces177.44 mL
1 cup8 fl. ounces236.58 mL
1 pint (pt)16 fl. ounces568 mL
1 fifth25.6 fl. ounces
(1/5 gallon)
757.08 mL
1 quart (qt)32 fl. ounces946.35 mL
1 gallon (gal)128 fl. ounces3785.41 mL

(*) "splash" - a 20oz bottle of soda containing a "splash" of real juice contains 1% juice = 0.2oz juice

(†) A "shotglass" is usually 1.5 ounces, but sometimes 2 ounces with a measuring line at 1.5 ounces. You can also buy (in US) "short shot" glasses or "pony shots" which are 1 ounce. Pony shots are usually used with martinis, manhattans, and rob roys.

Some recipes call for a small amount or "dash" to taste. A dash can be loosely defined as 1/6 teaspoon or about 1 mL, essentially the smallest amount one is able to pour from a dasher (a device which fits in the mouth of a bottle to slow the flow of liquid) or dasher bottle (a bottle equipped with such a device).

When instructed to 'fill' with a given spirit or mixer it is presumed that you are working in a glass of the given size and should, after adding the cocktail's other ingredients, 'top off' or fill the glass as instructed. If your recipe lists no specific glassware it may assume a standard highball glass of eight to ten ounces.

See also: GLOSSARY Bar Tending