It’s easy to grab a glass from the kitchen cabinet and go. Bar drinkware, like shot glasses, steins, flutes, and tumblers, is a whole different story. Serving drinks requires the right glasses.

Grab a stool and skip the bartender class! This guide will help you understand the differences between different types of drinkware. Learn how to serve your favorite glasses and fun facts.

What are the Different Glasses For Alcohol?

Hosting a dinner party, banquet or wedding reception? Knowing how to serve your favourite drinks is important. It’s all about the right glass!

We now know which glass it is, so let’s discuss the finer points like how much to pour in each glass. Before you know it, you’ll be an avid alcoholic!

Shot Glass, Shooter, and Jigger

Name:Shot Glass

Year of invention:1930s

Drinks to serve inside:Tequila, vodka, liqueur and rum. Jagermeister, cognac, brandy and schnapps.

What is the Average Ounce in a Shot Glass

1.5 fluid ounces

What is a shot?

A shot is an alcoholic beverage that is drunk quickly in small amounts. You can either drink it straight or mix it with other ingredients.

These mixers make great shots:

  • Energy drinks
  • Lemon juice or lime juice
  • Seltzer
  • Cranberry juice
  • Orange juice
  • Grenadine
  • Cherries
  • Jell-O

You typically drink shots to celebrate something, whether it’s a wedding, excellent speech, or a recent promotion. Lemon Drops and Kamikazes are popular drinks to order at bars.

What is the difference between a shot and a shot?

Two theories are popular as to why an alcoholic shot is called a “shot.” One is that it comes from the Old West, where cowboys traded booze for guns in exchange for whiskey. Another theory is that the drink was named after Friedrich Otto Schott who founded a glassworks plant that produced shot glasses in America.

The 1.5-ounce shot served by the United States is quite large, but it’s not the largest. At 2.02 ounces, the shot glasses in Israel, Japan, and Italy are more than half an ounce bigger.

Did You Know? In an article published in 1926, the word “shot” was used for the first time. The New York TimesIn the 1940s.

What is the Price of a Jigger in Ounces?

The jigger, a cup-shaped like an hourglass, is used by bartenders to determine the correct amount of alcohol. The smaller size contains 1 ounce, while the larger 1.5 ounces is equivalent to a traditional shot.

What is a shooter?

A shoter is a mixed beverage that weighs in at 2 to 3 ounces. It can be served either in a shot glass (or in a rocks glass), depending on the order. Shot and shoter are often used interchangeably since shots can be mixed with other non-alcoholic ingredients.

What is the difference between a shot and a shooter?

One shot is one glass that can be drunk straight without the use of mixers. It weighs 1.5 fluid ounces. Shooters are usually 2 to 3 ounces in weight and mixed with other ingredients such as energy drinks or lime juice.

The shooter is a relatively new addition to the alcohol industry. The shooter was introduced in the 50s and 60s. It is used to mix low-quality spirits with delicious flavors. People wanted to drink the bland alcohol that was once served in bars.

What’s the difference between a Jigger, Shooter, or Shot?

A shot and shooter glasses are used to drink, while a jigger is used for actual serving. Another difference is that shot and shooter glasses are made almost exclusively from stainless steel. Jiggers can also be made of metal, glass, or ceramic.

  • Jigger-A 1.5-ounce measuring cup for making cocktails, shots, or other alcoholic beverages
  • Shot -A 1.5-ounce alcoholic beverage that can be either straight alcohol or mixed with other substances
  • Shooter-A 2 to 3 ounce alcoholic beverage that is mixed with other ingredients to enhance flavor

Beer Glasses

Year of invention:1920

Drinks to serve inside: Craft beer, domestic beer, specialty beer, imports.

How many Ounces are in a Beer Glass

Depending on the glass, between 7 and 37 fluid ounces

What was the first beer glass invented?

Ironically, beer glasses were invented right before Prohibition began in the 1920s. It was a basic pint mug that had a handle. This handle was developed in conjunction with the growth of the American brewing industry.

What are the Different Types Of Beer Glasses?

There are many beer types you can enjoy, including lagers and IPAs as well as porters, ales and pilsners. With such a variety, it’s no surprise that there are many different glasses you can use.

Pint Glass

Number of ounces16 oz. – 20 oz.

Use it for:All types of beer, but especially domestics, craft, imports and lagers.


Number of ounces12 oz. – 34 oz.+

Use it for:All types of beer, but especially ryes and wheats.


Number of ounces12 oz. – 37 oz.

Use it for:Imports, specialty beers, lagers and bocks


Number of ounces13 oz. – 21 oz.

Use it for:Belgian ales, Belgian ales and German bocks are all available.


Number of ounces13 oz.

Use it for:Belgian ales, Belgian ales and German bocks are all available.


Number of ounces12 oz. – 16 oz.

Use it for:Strong beers, hoppy or malty beer, Scottish ales and Belgian ales. Also, pale ales, sour ales. IPAs, double-IPAs.


Number of ounces15 oz. – 20 oz.

Use it for:Strong beers, hoppy and malty beers as well as Scottish ales, Belgian ales and IPAs.


Number of ounces7 oz. or less

Use it for:Light beers that are delicately balanced with subtle hop and malt flavors


Number of ounces11 oz. – 14 oz.

Use it for:Craft beers, specialty beers


Number of ounces6 oz. – 8 oz.

Use it for:Stronger beers, IPAs and double IPAs are all good options.


Number of ounces 17 oz. – 24 oz.

Use it for:Wheat beers, light beers, aromatic beers

Pilsner Glass

Number of ounces14 oz.

Use it for:Pilsners, pale Lagers, Light Beers like Goose Island, Lagunitas and Corona

Stout Glass

Number of ounces21 oz.

Use it for:Stouts, double IPAs, ales

IPA Glass

Number of ounces19 oz.

Use it for:IPAs, double IPAs

What is a Beer Growler?

A beer growler can be described as a glass, ceramic or stainless steel container that is used to transport draft beer such as ales, stouts and porters. This bottle is most commonly used in North America but it’s also very popular in countries such as Brazil and Australia.

Custom growlers make great souvenirs from breweries, pubs, and bars. These growlers are a great way to package craft beer and look great on shelves next to the kegs.

Tumblers & Wine Glasses

Year of invention:1400 (wine glasses)

Drinks to serve inside:Cabernet, Riesling and Pinot Noir, Pinot Grigio. Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris. Chardonnay. Merlot. Brandy. Rose. Sauvignon blanc, Zinfandel. Syrah. Syrah. Malbec. Bordeaux, Primitivo. Beaujolais. Chianti. Chenin blanc. sparkling wine. Water.

What is the Average Ounce in a Wine Glass

From 12 to 14 fluid ounces

When were wine glasses invented?

Around 1400, the wine glass was first invented in Venice. The popularity of wine glasses is due to the advent of glassblowing in medieval Europe. Wine was a popular drink for centuries.

George Ravenscroft, an English businessman, made wine glasses sparkle. Glasses in the early days were susceptible to “glass disease”, which led to them cracking and losing color. Ravenscroft found a solution by using lead oxide. This made the glasses stronger and gave them crystal clarity.

What are the Different Types Of Wine Glasses?

You can use a specific wine glass, depending on the type of wine you’re pouring. Many wines, including Cabernet, Bordeaux, Rose, and many others, have their own glasses.

  • Red Wine Glasses
  • Cabernet
  • Burgundy
  • Bordeaux
  • Port
  • Zinfandel
  • Pinot Noir
  • Rose
  • Grappa/Brandy
  • White Wine Glasses
  • Chardonnay
  • Balloon
  • Viognier
  • Flute

Why are wine glasses shaped like they are?

There’s science behind why wine glasses have a narrower base and a wider top. Some glasses aim to touch your tongue while others are designed to reach the roof of the mouth. Each region will produce a different flavor response.

The shape of the glass is designed to enhance the wine’s aroma. Wines can have a variety of aromas depending on how they were stored during winemaking.

Why not fill wine glasses to the top?

Don’t fill the wine up to the top. This allows you to swirl the wine around and let the aromas out. After all, the smell is just as delicious as they taste.

It is recommended to fill a glass of white wine you can only go half the way to the top. This allows the wine to be mixed with the right amount of oxygen to release its aromas.

Red wine is recommended.No more than one-third of the total. The wine can be swirled around easily without any spillage.

You can fit 12 to 14 fluid ounces in a wine glass, but only 5 ounces should be put into your cup. You can find a larger glass if you prefer more wine. There is no judgment.

What is a Stemless Wine Glass and How Does It Work?

A stemless wineglass, also known as a tumbler, is a round glass without a stem. The bottom is flat so it can be placed on your table easily.

You can fill your wine tumblers with either red or white wine. These tumblers are also great for non-alcoholic beverages like water, juice, and soda.

Cocktail glasses

Year of invention:1925 (martini glasses made their debut in Paris).

Drinks to serve inside: Cocktail, Margarita Margarita, Martini. Long Island Iced Tea. Manhattan. Daquiri. Bloody Mary. Manhattan.

Did You Know? According to cocktail HammerTo chills your cocktail glasses ahead of time, place them in the freezer. This is a great way to provide ice-cold drinks at an event or party.

What year was the Margarita invented?

According to legend, the margarita was first invented in 1938. Marjorie King, a showgirl, wasn’t a big fan of alcohol but she enjoyed tequila. The restaurant where she worked mixed Marjorie King a drink with lime juice, salt, and that was it.

When was the Martini invented?

It is a bit of a mystery when the martini was created. It is believed that it originated in Martinez, California during the mid-1800s Gold Rush. To celebrate his day’s success, a miner went to a bar and was served a cocktail that included gin, vermouth bitters, bitters, and maraschino liquor. The Martinez Special, or later the martini, was named it.

What are the Different Types Of Cocktail Glasses?

A bar can offer a range of cocktails, including martinis and screwdrivers. You can serve them in pretty glasses that will look great in your Instagram photos.


Number of ounces9 oz. -12 oz.

Use it for:Margarita, Martini, Daiquiri, Tequila


Number of ounces9 oz. – 12 oz.

Use it for:Martini, Margarita and Cosmopolitan


Number of ounces15 oz. – 20 oz.

Use it for:Hurricane, Pina Colada. Singapore Sling. Blue Hawaii. Blue Lagoon. Blue Scorpion.

Poco Grande

Number of ounces12 oz. – 13 oz.

Use it for:Pina Colada and Sangria, Daiquiri and Sangria, slushy, or frozen drinks


Number of ounces11 oz. – 14 oz.

Use it for:Sling, Long Island Iced tea, Gin, Apple Smash Gin, Big Chill Orange Pastry


Number of ounces2 oz. – 3.5 oz.

Use it for:Anisette Cocktail and Derby Cocktail, Zen Clover, liqueurs.


Number of ounces5 oz. – 7 oz.

Use it for:Cocktails without ice: Champagne, Manhattan Boulevardier, Gimlet and Sidecar


Number of ounces10 oz. – 12 oz.

Use it for:Zombie, Tequila Sunrise, Fuzzy Navel


Number of ounces10 oz. – 14 oz.

Use it for:Tom Collins, Mojito and Paloma. The Snitch, El Diablo. Mojito, Black Velvet. Vodka

Copper Mug

Number of ounces12 oz. – 16 oz.

Use it for:Moscow Mule, Ginger Mule, Mint Julep, Greyhound, Gin & Tonic, Sangria, ginger ale

Whiskey glasses

Name: Old Fashioned

Year of invention:1881

Drinks to serve inside: Old Fashioned, bourbon whiskey, gin

How many Ounces are in an Old Fashioned Glass

From 6 to 16 fluid ounces

What is an Old Fashioned?

An old-fashioned is an alcoholic beverage that includes bourbon, rye whiskey, sugar cubes, and bitters. If you don’t desire the drink to be as strong, you can add water.

The Old Fashioned comes in a special glass. It can be either single- or double-served. Because there is more room inside, the double version makes it ideal for mixing drinks.

Name: Highball

Year of invention:1898

Drinks to serve inside: Bourbon, whiskey, and gin. Gin & Tonic. Dark & Stormy. Cape Codder. Screwdriver. Seabreeze. Tom Collins. White Russian.

How many Ounces are in a Highball glass?

From 10 to 16 fluid ounces

It is called a Highball Glass because it has a highball glass.

In 1898, the highball glass was first associated with whiskey. In 1898, the word “ball” was used by bartenders to mean “glass.” The word, “high,” was added at the end to indicate the size of the glass. Typically, the glasses were between 8 and 12 ounces. These glasses are now even larger. People love whiskey!

Name: Lowball or rocks glass

Year of invention:1898

Drinks to serve inside: Bourbon, whiskey, and scotch. Jack & Coke. Rum & Coke. Gin & Tonic. Dark & Stormy. Negroni. Sazerac. Amaretto.

How many Ounces are in a Lowball glass?

From 4 fluid ounces up to 8 fluid ounces

What’s the difference between a highball and a lowball?

The largest difference between lowball and highball glasses is their size. The highballs are larger and weigh in at 1.5 oz. Mix whiskey with ice and ginger ale

Lowballs or rock glasses on the other side contain 1.5 oz. You can make lowballs with whiskey or sugar. These glasses work well for mixed drinks.

What are Whiskey Stones?

Whiskey stones, or whiskey rocks, are reusable ice cubes that keep alcoholic drinks chilled without diluting the flavor. Whiskey stones are made of stainless steel and non-porous soapstone. They won’t melt and will affect the whiskey’s flavor.

How to pour alcoholic drinks

Each glass used for alcoholic beverages holds a certain number of ounces. If you’re a little rusty on your measurements, here’s a handy chart you can use for pouring!

It doesn’t matter if you are a bartender or just a bartender at a party. Knowing how much alcohol you should serve is important. Print this chart and keep it handy.

How much alcohol do you need to get drunk?

Everyone is different, so alcohol will affect everyone differently. Your BMI (body mass index) is an indicator of how quickly you will get drunk.

This is how quickly you can get drunk on shots, wine, and beer.

These factors could also impact how fast you feel drunk.

  • Age- Younger people are more sensitive to alcohol than older people.
  • How much alcohol is in your drink? Some drinks have a higher alcohol content than others. If you drink a lot of alcohol, you might feel dizzy after one drink.
  • Pre-existing conditions you may feel the effects of alcohol after drinking less if you have medical conditions.
  • How fast you drink you might feel drunker if you have shots to celebrate a birthday. This is because your body doesn’t have time to process the alcohol.
  • No matter if you have eaten. A full stomach will absorb alcohol much faster than an empty stomach. Never drink alcohol without eating before you start drinking.
  • Remember, you should always get a designated driver if your drinking is excessive. After one drink, your driving skills will be impaired. You should never drive a vehicle if it is legal to do so.
  • Avoid dangerous items and don’t text your ex.

Last Thoughts

There are many options for glasses to choose from and to choose Bar glass washer. The cup you choose can affect the taste and speed with which the alcohol is absorbed.

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