A shot glass is a favorite choice for serving strong liqueurs and spirits, as well as miniature cocktails. These glasses are a great choice for drinking whiskey, sambuca, vodka, or tequila in a quick-fire manner. The fluid capacity is generally in the region of 1-1/4 ounces to 1-1/2 ounces. Plus, they come in plenty of materials, sizes, colors, and shapes.
Because of the small size of the shot glass, a stainless steel pourer is usually attached to the top of the spirit bottle. A benefit of this is greater control of the liquid when poured and avoids any accidental spills on the bar. Plus, the pourer helps to create the layered drink because the slower flow rate makes it easier to avoid mixing different alcohols.
Here are four of the most popular types of shot glasses for a wide variety of occasions:
The most standard shot glass is sized about 1-1/2 inches in diameter and 2 inches in height. Most of these glasses have the ability to hold 1-1/2 ounce of alcohol. Shot glasses are made with thick sides and bottom to stop them shattering when slammed on a table or bar.
A slightly smaller version is the pony shot which has the capacity to hold about 1 ounce of spirits. A further type of glass to hold an ounce is the cheater glass. This type of glass appears much like it’s the same size as the standard but has a thick or very heavy base which reduces its shot capacity.
The molded glasses (also referred to as fluted glasses) are similar in size to the standard ones but are given a more unique design. This type of glass has a special design crafted on the bottom of the glass such as small ridges which make an impression on the table when slammed. This type of glass can also be engraved with a company name to create the more personalized shot glasses. Most of the high-quality glasses use this type of molded design.
The taller glasses are perfect for drinkers that prefer to combine alcohol with a mixer. This type of shot glass is quite thin and can include a flared design with the top mouth area noticeably widen than the bottom. Because this type of glass is made from a thinner material they aren’t a practical shot to slam on a table or bar after drinking.