When drinking alcoholic beverages, there is an important measurement you should know! It’s called the milliliter (mL) of alcohol content. A lot of people forget about this detail, but it does matter!
The ml amount of alcohol in your drink will determine how much alcohol you are consuming and how drunk you become due to the length of time it takes for alcohol to be absorbed into your blood. Also, some drinks have higher ml amounts than others which can make a difference when calculating how many drinks you consume.
For example, if a glass of wine has five ml of alcohol, then that is one drink! But what if the same bottle or glass had ten ml of alcohol? You would still only have one drink because it takes at least five minutes for alcohol to absorb into your bloodstream, so half a drink is not considered a true drink.
Alcohol distributes more readily in your body when you drink so each additional sip contains the same amount of alcohol as before. This means that the longer you drink, the more alcohol you will ingest, and thusly, being more intoxicated.
This article will teach you the different types of alcoholic beverages, what their ml contents are, and some tips for estimating how many drinks you consumed.
History of the shot glass
The first recorded use of what we know today as a shot glass can be found in England around 1620. At that time, these drinking vessels were made out of silver or gold and had to be held up by the rim for someone to drink from them.
In America, people began using clear glasses with colored liquid in them towards the end of the 19th century. These drinks are now known as mixed drinks or cocktails.
Since then, different shapes and sizes have come and gone, but the general shape has remained constant: A handle for drinking, and a bowl to hold your drink.
It is difficult to say when and where the first person used a shaped glass to drink alcohol. However, it is safe to assume that most people drank straight shots of whiskey or rum!
These people would have used plain, white, bowls or cups like they do today. It was not until the early 1900s that color was added to the mix, creating the classic red cocktail glasses we know and love.
More colors such as green and blue were also introduced during this time period.
How many ml in a shot glass
When we talk about how much liquid you need to pour into a specific container, we often refer to what is called the “volume” of the fluid. This is typically expressed as a number with an integral sign and a decimal point, such as one liter (1 L) or 0.5 milliliter (.5 mL).
The word “liter” comes from the latin word for water, so it makes sense that this measurement was adapted when talking about liquids other than water. A 1 L bottle of wine would be the same size as a normal beer bottle!
When calculating volume, there are two main components: radius and height. The radius is the diameter of the top of the vessel, while the height is the depth of the fluid inside the vessel.
For example, if your drink contains 2 parts vodka and 1 part orange juice, then its total volume will be 2 units of vodka multiplied by 1 unit of orange juice, which equals 2 ML. Make sure to account for the density factor though!
Given that the density of pure alcohol is.79 grams per decilitre, then 2 g of alcohol =.02 grammes of alcohol per ml, so 2mls=.02 * 2 =.04 grams of alcohol.
Calculate the amount of liquid in a shot glass
The first thing you want to do is determine how much liquid your drink contains! This can be tricky, as some bars measure their drinks differently depending on the size of the glass they are serving them in.
Many bar staff will use round or tumbler glasses which have different sized openings, making it difficult to compare one drink to another. Some even use square-shaped shot glasses that vary in height which makes it hard to know exactly how many ounces each glass holds.
Luckily, we have an easy way to solve this! You can simply multiply the number of shots by the volume of the glass for your calculation. For example, if a drink has three shots in a tall glass, then divide the length of the glass by two to get the volume of the glass.
This article will help you calculate the ideal number of ml in a standard shot glass.
Pour or drink all at once?
When it comes to serving alcohol, there is an easy way to determine how much liquid you need for your next round. Before pouring your next glass of liquid, simply measure the amount of solid material you have left!
You will want to make sure that you have enough liquid to completely cover the top surface area of the bottle you are drinking from. This includes the initial pour as well as any stirs or drinks while the liquor is mixing with water or other liquids.
By measuring the amount of solid matter left in the container, you can easily calculate how many ml of liquid you should use in each individual drink. For example, if you have one shot gel (like whiskey balls) and two ounces of clear liquid, then you would mix together two shots worth of liquid per every ounce of solid material you have left.
Take a photo of your shot glass
Now, what size of drink do we want to use? The most common sizes are 5 ml, 10 ml, 20 ml, and 30 ml. A 5-ml shot is usually considered a light drink, while a 10-, 15-, or 20-ml shot can be categorized as moderate drinks. A 30-ml shooter is seen as heavy, so beware with that one!
The number 5 is called a milliliter (ml), which is 1/1000 of a fluid ounce (fl oz). An ounce equals 28 grams, so a 5-ml shot is.05 ounces of liquid – or just under half a teaspoon. This amount is very minimal, making the drink more about the alcohol content than how much liquid you pour into it.
If you like more flavor, then add another mL or two until you get the same effect. You will know when you’ve added enough because the mixture will fizz slightly and look less solid.
Share a photo of your shot glass
Many people start drinking by choosing to drink what is known as a craft beer or wine, or even mixing drinks. But before you know it, you’ve had enough and you need to get some food!
Most bars will ask how many ml your beverage has which is usually measured in volume. For example, if a person orders one bottle (0.5 l) of red wine, then they would say 1 ml because there is 0.5 ml of liquid per ml of wine.
But what about when someone asks for a “beer”? Or a “shot” of anything? These terms are not clearly defined and depend on who you ask! Some people may use different definitions for them.
Luckily, we can easily compare volumes between beverages! To do this, you first have to determine the size of each vessel, e.g. a standard shot glass, tall mug, etc. Then, you can measure the diameter of these vessels using calipers or a measuring tape and calculate their surface area.
Once you have that, you can simply divide the total amount in the container by the surface area to find the volume in mL! This way, you don’t have to worry about anyone else’s definitions and you’re sure to be accurate!
To make things easier, here are some common types of liquids and examples of how to calculate their volumes.
Talk about the different types of shot glasses
There are many ways to drink your alcohol! Different shapes, sizes, colors, and styles of glass can make drinking more fun. What is the best style of glass depends on what you like to drink and how much you want to drink.
There are five main categories for alcoholic beverages-shotglasses, beermugs, winegoblets, whiskeytongs, and champagneflutes. Each one of these has their own unique shape and size, which affect how much liquid you can consume without overdrinking.
Knowing the size of each type of drink helps ensure that you don’t overdo it. The most common way to determine this information is by looking them up on Google or another source.
Try new drinks with different shot glasses
When having a drink, what kind of glass you use makes a big difference. There are many types of shots that require specific sized shot glasses.
Regular whiskey drinkers may already have their preferred type of glass. If not, it’s worth looking into!
Many bars will let you choose whether to have your mixed drink straight up or chilled. Chilling is usually better as it masks some of the alcohol content. Mixing beverages directly from the bottle can also result in overdrinking as the person serving the beverage doesn’t always hold onto the bottle tightly enough.
If you’re ever struggling to find the right size shot glass, try mixing one alcoholic drink with another. For example, if you were drinking beer, then trying adding water instead is an easy way to determine the correct size glass for plain white wine.