How many shots are there in a bottle of whiskey? It all depends on what you define as a “shot.”
Those small, heavy-bottomed glasses designed to deliver bottom-shelf booze straight to the bloodstream with maximum efficiency (not our recommended method of enjoying whiskey, but we know there’s a time and place) are usually between one and one-and-a-half ounces. Measure yours to know for sure, or ask the bartender at your favorite spot.
If you’re working with one-ounce glasses, there are 25 shots in a full-sized bottle of whiskey, plus a third of a shot left over. If you’ve got one-and-a-half ounce glasses (the “standard drink” size for 80 proof spirits, also called a jigger), there are almost 17 full shots in a bottle of whiskey – 16.9, to be precise.
However, most cocktails contain a bit more than 1.5 ounces of spirit—typically two or even 2.5 ounces of whiskey find their way into Manhattans, Old Fashioneds, and the like. If you’re mixing up a batch of fancy cocktails for your most high-falutin’ friends, you’ll need a full bottle of whiskey for every 12 cocktails—plus a commitment from your buddies to take a Lyft home.
Everybody loves a generous pour, but when I’m drinking whiskey at home, I’m actually a proponent of the half-shot—a three-quarter-ounce pour, measured using the small end of the bartender’s jigger—because it lets me go back to the bar once or twice to try something else. If you’re drinking little mini-drinks like that, a bottle of whiskey will give you a whopping 33.8 drinks.
To recap, one full-sized (750 ml) bottle of whiskey equals:
- 25 one-ounce shots
- 16 one-and-a-half ounce shots
- 12 two-ounce shots
- 33 three-quarter ounce shots
Margarett Waterbury is the author of Scotch: A Complete Introduction to Scotland's Whiskies and a full-time freelance writer and editor. Her work has appeared in Whisky Advocate, Food and Wine, Spirited Magazine, Artisan Spirit, Edible Seattle, Sip Northwest, Civil Eats, Travel Oregon, Artisan Spirit, and many other publications. She is...