Monday, November 09, 2009

How many ounces in liquor bottles

It's that time of year when folks are making recipes. So you need to know how many ounces are in the different size liquor bottles. That's why we keep this handy dandy chart of sizes at the store. Amarula Cream

I've put the old traditional bottle names like pint, fifth, and half gallon in quotes because they are no longer accurate measurements. We may still call them that, but bottle sizes have changed!

Liquor bottles in ounces
  • standard shot = 1.5 oz
  • 50 ml "mini" bottle = 1.7 oz
  • 200 ml "half pint" bottle = 6.8 oz
  • 375 ml "pint" or "flask" bottle = 12.7 oz
  • 750 ml "fifth" bottle = 25.4 oz
  • 1 liter "quart" bottle = 33.8 oz 
  • 1.75 liter "half gallon" or "handle" bottle = 59.2 oz
Wine bottles in ounces
  • standard wine serving = 5 oz
  • 187 ml "mini" wine bottle (usually sold in 4 packs) = 6.3 oz
  • 375 ml "split" or "half" wine bottle = 12.7 oz
  • 750 ml standard wine bottle = 25.4 oz
  • 1.5 liter wine "magnum" bottle = 50.8 oz
  • 3 liter wine bottle or box = 101.6 oz
  • 5 liter wine box = 169 oz

How many ounces in a cup
  • 1 cup = 8 oz

And for bonus points, ever wonder why they called it a "fifth" bottle? It was a fifth of a gallon, just a bit less than a quart which is a fourth of a gallon. Now you know.


  1. This has been very educating, this maybe what the full services catering all over the country are using in buying their wines and drinks. Kitchen people are more oriented about that's why I really appreciate your post about this to inform other people who aren't that knowledgeable about this stuff.

    Nicole Jackson

  2. Thank you! I found this very helpful in deciding how much vodka to buy for making 4 oz bottles of vanilla extract as Christmas gifts for this year. I've never bought alcohol before...I was totally clueless.

  3. LoL...I just googled this for the exact same reason! Making vanilla!

  4. Well, that makes three of us making vanilla:)

  5. ok I gotta know what kind of vanilla is this that requires vodka & makes a good Christmas gift????

  6. *laugh* You can look up vids on Youtube like I did, and tutorials on other sites too. Just look up "how to make vanilla extract." But, I'll explain it here if you don't mind my long-winded reply. *laugh*

    You buy vanilla beans (like at madagascar bourbon beans are the most popular), split them and scrape out the stuff inside (they call it caviar) and put that caviar into an airtight container like a mason jar or a nice glass bottle with a cork. Then you take the remaining hull of the vanilla bean and cut it into pieces and put those into your jar/bottle. You then put in 4-8 oz of alcohol, typically vodka though you can get fancy and use bourbons or other types of alcohol but it will affect the flavor of your extract. I think the amount is 3-5 beans per 8 oz of alcohol, but I can't remember exactly. You can look it up online.

    Then you close up your container tightly and put it somewhere cool and dark and let it sit for AT LEAST a month. Takes that long to convert into extract. And you shake it at least every 3-5 days. But honestly, the longer you leave the extract to sit, the richer and more flavorful the extract. 6 months is recommended. And I've heard that homemade extract is amazing! And it's insanely expensive in the store! (which is why it makes a great gift. you need it for so many recipes but it's expensive to buy.)

    I just started working on my very first jar of extract on Dec 9th. I cannot wait for Jan 9th to get here!! I just wanna open the damn jar and smell it so bad! *rofl* I decided to do my first batch for 1 month, then I can be using that batch while I get my 2nd batch started and the 2nd batch I'm going to let sit for at least 3-4 months. =)

  7. A pint (US) is actually 16 ounces


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