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How Many Shot Glasses In A Cup

Charl Joost
Last Updated: February 24th, 2023

One thing about the world is that different places have different terms for measurements. There are even different terms for measurements in the world of alcohol.

A few common terms you are likely to hear thrown around in an alcohol-focused conversation or environment are tot, shot, bottle, and glass.

With so many different terms it can be confusing to understand what quantity of alcohol you are actually drinking.

One common question asked is how many shot glasses in a cup? The quick answer is that there are eight shot glasses in a cup. Continue reading to find out more!

How Much Liquid Is in a Cup?

One cup of liquid, according to the United States Standard Volume, is equivalent to eight fluid ounces.

How Much Liquid Is in a Shot Glass?

In a shot glass, the accepted amount of liquor served is 1.5 fluid ounces. However, this is according to a standard-size shot glass. Shot glasses may come in different sizes which will result in their capacity is different.

Typically, you can expect to be served a shot that contains 1 fluid ounce.

How Many Shot Glasses Are in a Cup?

You will need eight shot glasses to fill the capacity of a cup. This is because there are between 1 fluid ounce and 1.5 fluid ounces in a shot glass, depending on the size of the shot glass, and 8 fluid ounces in a standard volume cup.

Is a Shot One Drink?

It is generally understood that one shot of alcohol is the same as one drink. This is due to the alcohol concentration in a shot compared to other types of drinks.

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How Many Shots Glasses Are in a ¼ Cup?

There are approximately two fluid ounces in a quarter cup. On average there is about one fluid ounce in a shot glass. Therefore, there are two shot glasses in a quarter cup.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Do You Measure a Shot Without a Shot Glass?

You can measure a shot without using a shot glass by using a tablespoon. One tablespoon is approximately half a fluid ounce. Therefore, two tablespoons are the equivalent of one shot.

How Much Does a Shot Cost?

The price of a shot will vary depending on the alcohol that is used for the shot. You can generally expect to pay about $1.88 for a single shot and about $2.50 for a double shot.

What is a Jigger?

A jigger is a bar tool that is used to measure and pour alcohol. Standard jiggers are made up of two conjoined cups.

One of the two cups on the jigger is bigger than the other.  The cups of the jigger are of different sizes to measure different quantities.

Is a Jigger Equal to a Shot?

The larger cup of a jigger has a capacity of 1.5 fluid ounces, which is the standard amount for a shot. The smaller cup of a jigger has a capacity of one fluid ounce.

As shot glasses are available in different sizes, the smaller cup of the jigger can also be considered equal to a shot.

Why is a Drink Called a Shot?

The word ‘shot’ has been used to describe a small amount of alcohol or “small drink of spirits” since the 17th century. There a several stories surrounding the origin of the term, one of which was inspired by the Old West.

This story describes cowboys paying for their drinks with bullets, which is why they became known as shots.

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How Many Shot Glasses In A Cup – Conclusion

It can be tough to understand the different terms related to alcohol and drinking. It can also be a challenge to calculate how much you are drinking in your head.

Hopefully knowing the actual quantity of different glass sizes will help you keep track of what you have consumed.

About The Author

Charl Joost

Charl is a trainer, public speaker, and professional writer. While he has been coached to niche down, he has many passions. These include golf, gardening, technology, and a decent cup of coffee or two. Charl loves to learn about new products and tries everything he writes about.

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