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Alcohol measurements are units of measurement for determining amounts of beverage alcohol .
- 1 Beer measures
- 2 Liquor measurements
- 3 Liquor bottles
- 4 Wine measurements
- 5 References
- 6 Further reading
- 7 External links
Beer measures[ edit ]
Full and half pint beer glasses
|Name||US customary units||Imperial units||Metric units (approx.)||Notes|
|snorkel||2 US fl. oz.||59.15 milliliters (mL)|
|nip||⅓ imp. pint||189.42 mL||Barley wine was usually bottled in nips |
|small||½ US pint||236.59 mL|
|half||½ imp. pint||284.13 mL|
|large||1 US pint||473.18 mL|
|pint||1 imp. pint||568.26 mL|
|bomber||22 US fl. oz.||650.62 mL|
|flagon||1 US quart||946.35 mL|
|40||40 US fl. oz.||1.18 liters (L)||Malt liquor is often bottled in “40’s”|
|pitcher||60 US fl. oz.||1.77 L||Can also be 32 or 48 US fl oz. Note that a 60 US fl oz pitcher is 4 US fl oz less than 4 US pints.|
|growler||64 US fl. oz.||1.89 L|
|pin||4.5 imp. gal.||20.46 L|
|pony keg||7.75 US gal.||29.33 L||Quarter US beer barrel|
|anker||10 US gal.||37.85 L|
|firkin||9 imp. gal.||40.91 L||2 pins|
|keg||15.5 US gal.||58.67 L||Half US beer barrel|
|kilderkin||18 imp. gal.||81.83 L||2 firkins|
|US barrel||31 US gal. ||117.35 L||2 kegs|
|UK barrel||36 imp. gal.||163.66 L||2 kilderkins|
|hogshead||54 imp. gal.||245.49 L||6 firkins or 3 kilderkins|
|puncheon||72 imp. gal.||327.32 L||2 barrels|
|butt||108 imp. gal.||490.98 L||2 hogshead|
|tun||216 imp. gal.||981.96 L||3 puncheons or 2 butts|
Liquor measurements[ edit ]
The following table lists common sizes for liquors and spirits.  
|Name||US customary units||Imperial units||English units||Metric units (direct conversion)||Metric units (legal/convention)||Notes|
|Hint||1⁄128 tsp |
|Drop||1⁄64 tsp |
|Dash||1⁄8 tsp |
|Bartender’s Teaspoon (U.S.) or Splash ||1⁄8 fl oz |
|Count||0.5 fl oz||14.8 mL||15 mL||Using calibrated pour spouts that restrict flow to 0.5 fl oz/s|
|Bartender’s Tablespoon (U.S.)||3⁄8 fl oz |
|1⁄6 Gill (Imp.)||5⁄6 fl. oz.||23.7 mL||25 mL||Legal serving of spirits (Gin, rum, vodka and whisky) defined in 1963 Weights and Measures Act (1963-1984)|
|Shot (U.K.)||25 mL or 35 mL||Legal serving of spirits (Gin, rum, vodka and whisky) in the U.K. since 1985. |
|roquille (France)||~29.75 ml||A measure of spirits  in the Ancien Régime of France (before 1795), being 1⁄32 of a French pinte (~952.1 ml).|
|1⁄5 Gill (Scottish)||1 fl. oz.||28.4 ml||Traditional Scottish spirits measure|
|1⁄4 Gill (Irish)||11⁄4 oz.||35.5 ml||35 ml||Traditional Irish spirits measure|
|Pony (U.S.)||1.0 fl oz||30 mL||Defined as 1⁄2 of a jigger.  Was used to measure a cordial.|
|Pony (Eng.)||3⁄4 fl oz||(6 dram) May be derived from holding a “pennyworth” of beer.|
|Jigger (U.S.)||1.5 fl oz||45 mL||Typical size after U.S. Prohibition, but varies|
|Short shot (U.S.)||1.5 fl oz||45 mL|| :12|
|Jigger (Imp.)||1⁄8 Gill||35.52 mL||Legal U.K. spirits measure from 1826 to 1984, for Gin, rum, vodka and whisky.|
|Jigger (Eng.)||1.5 fl oz||(3 tablespoons, 2 pony)|
|Jigger (U.S.)||2.0 fl oz||60 mL||Before U.S. Prohibition |
|Hooker||2.5 fl oz||1 1⁄4 jigger  :12 (5 tablespoons)|
|Snit||3.0 fl oz||88.72 mL||Two jiggers.|
|Gill (U.S.)||4.0 fl oz||118.294 mL||120 mL||Pronounced “jill”, historically equivalent to two jacks, half a cup, or a quarter pint.  |
|Gill (Imp.)||5.0 fl oz||142.065 mL||Pronounced “jill”, historically equivalent to two jacks, half a cup, or a quarter pint.   May also be an eighth of a pint in Scotland, or half a pint of beer in parts of England. |
|Jack||Historically equivalent to two jiggers or handfuls, or half a gill.   No longer in general use.|
Liquor bottles[ edit ]
|Name||US customary units||Imperial units||Metric units||Notes|
|Miniature||1.7 US fl oz||1.8 Imp fl oz||50 mL||Typically served on airline flights. Also known as a “nip” in certain locales.|
|half pint||6.8||7.0||200 mL||Called a naggin in Ireland.  Called a “dickie” in Canada.|
|shoulder||11.8||12.3||350 mL||Common in Ireland; also called a ” daddy naggin “ |
|pint||12.7||13.2||375 mL ||Called a mickey in Canada.|
|European spirit bottle||23.7||1 pt 4.6 fl oz||700 mL||Common worldwide outside the Americas.|
|fifth||25.6||1 pt 6.4 fl oz||750 mL||Formerly 0.2 gal. or 25.6 oz., equivalent to 757 mL. Called a “two six” or “26er” in Canada; as in 26oz, also known as a “BOTII” in Kenya.|
|1.14 liter||38.5||2 pints||1.14 L||Referred to as a “40” in Canada and a liter in the United States.|
|half gallon||59.2||3 pts 1.6 fl oz||1.75 L||Also known as a “handle”, due to most 1.75 L bottles having a handle. Called a “60” or “60-pounder” in Canada; as in 60oz.|
|Texas Mickey||3.0 L||Often seen in Canada for celebratory purposes. Usually contains vodka, rum or whisky . |
Comes with a small pump to dispense the liquor, as it is too heavy and unwieldy to pour.
Wine measurements[ edit ]
The following table contains various measurements that are commonly applied to wine . 
|Name||US fluid ounces (approx.)||Metric units||No. of 750 mL bottles||Notes|
|Quarter bottle||6.3||187.5 mL||¼||Also known as a piccolo[ citation needed ], pony[ citation needed ], snipe[ citation needed ] or split[ citation needed ]|
|Chopine||8.5||250 mL||⅓||Bordeaux region|
|Half bottle||12.7||375 mL||½||Also known as a demi[ citation needed ]|
|Litre||33.8||1 L||1⅓||Popular size for Austrian wines[ citation needed ]|
|Double Magnum||101.4||3 L||4||Bordeaux region|
|Jeroboam||101.4||3 L||4||Champagne region|
|Jeroboam||152.2||4.5 L||6||Bordeaux region|
|Rehoboam||152.2||4.5 L||6||Champagne and Burgundy regions|
|Imperial||202.9||6 L||8||Bordeaux region|
|Methuselah||202.9||6 L||8||Champagne and Burgundy regions|
References[ edit ]
- Schott’s Original Miscellany
- ^ “Nipperkin” . World Wide Words: Investigating the English language across the globe. Retrieved 11 September 2016.
- ^ 27 CFR § 25.11.
- ^ http://fooduniversity.com/foodu/food_c/reference/bottle_size_for_liquor.htm Liquor Bottle Size
- ^ “Bartending/Glossary/Table of measures and conversions” . Wikibooks. Retrieved 4 September 2016.
- ^ a b c d eliacopoulos, lew. “Dash, Pinch, and Smidgen and other Unusual Measurements” . Festibrate: Your Holiday & Seasonal Guide for Food & Lifestyle. Retrieved 27 October 2016.
- ^ a b Rowlett, Russ. “How Many? A Dictionary of Units of Measurement” . University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 26 October 2016.
- ^ Gov.UK. “Weights and measures: the law” . Official U.K. Government website. Retrieved 6 September 2016.
- ^ Schwarz-Bart, Simone. “Schwarz-Bart: Pluie et Vent sur Télumée Miracle” . Retrieved 2016-09-29.
- ^ Kappeler, George J. (1895). Modern American Drinks: How to Mix and Serve All Kinds of Cups and Drinks . p. 19.
- ^ a b c Willett, Andrew (2016). Elemental Mixology . p. 8. Retrieved 2016-10-03.
- ^ a b c Klein, Herbert Arthur (1974). The Science of Measurement: A Historical Survey . New York: Dover Publications, Inc. p. 34. ISBN 0-486-25839-4 . Retrieved 30 October 2016.
- ^ a b c Singer, Charles (November 29, 1952). “Nova et Vetera – Ancient Egyptian Medicine” (PDF). British Medical Journal . 2: 1201. doi : 10.1136/bmj.2.4795.1201 . PMC 2021913 . PMID 12997700 .
- ^ International Dictionary of Food and Cooking by Charles Gordon Sinclair, ISBN 1-57958-057-2 , published by Taylor & Francis, 1998
- ^ MacNamee, Garreth (12 February 2015). “Sneaky Naggin: Students downing dangerous levels of spirits after new drinking trend takes hold” .
- ^ “The naggin – An Acre of Pints” . www.anacreofpints.com.
- ^ Elizabeth E. Epstein; Barbara S. McCrady. Overcoming Alcohol Use Problems: A Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment Program. Oxford University Press. p. 7.
- ^ http://sherlocks.com/wine-measurements-guide/ Wine Measurements Guide
Further reading[ edit ]
- Mescher, Virginia. “When is a Cup Not a Cup?” (PDF). Ragged Soldier Sutlery and Vintage Volumes. Retrieved 4 September 2016.
External links[ edit ]
- Conversion Calculator for Units of Volume
- A Dictionary of Units of Measurement
- Alcohol measurement
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