Some common terms and their measurements – Cocktail Language
Some common terms and their measurements
|Shot||1 1/2 oz.||4.5 cL|
|Jigger||1 1/2 oz.||4.5 cL|
|Cup||8 oz.||24 cL|
|Tablespoon (tbsp.)||1/2 oz.||15 mL|
|Gallon||128 oz.||3.8 L|
|Quart||1/4 gallon or 32 oz.||~ 1 L|
|Fifth||1/5 gallon or ~26 oz.||0.75 L|
|Dash or Splash||1/32 oz. (see below)||(see below)|
Many recipes on the site call for measurements in “parts”. This is simply a relative measurement, often used for mixing large batches of drinks at once. So if the recipe calls for 1 part of ingredient A, and 2 parts of ingredient B, then you would use twice as much of ingredient B.
A proper shot glass is 1.5 oz., but many bars use “pony shots”, which are only 1 oz. A double shot glass holds 3 ounces.
Dash or Splash
These are terms that simply refer to small amounts. When you are using dashes or splashes, you are flavouring a cocktail for taste, so it becomes a bit of a judgement call. Don’t go overboard, but make sure you use enough to be noticed. A splash is a little more than a dash, and generally involves less viscous liquids such as mixers, whereas dashes are used with stronger flavourings, such as tabasco.