What size shot glass for tequila?

Answered by Frank Schwing

When it comes to tequila shots, the size of the shot glass can vary depending on where you are. In the United States, there is no official size for a single shot, except in Utah, where a shot is defined as 1.5 US fl oz (44.4 ml). However, in most other parts of the country, the standard size for a shot is generally considered to be 1.25–1.5 US fl oz (37–44 ml).

Now, let me share a personal experience with you. I remember going to a bar in California and ordering a tequila shot. The bartender poured me a shot that was around 1.5 ounces, which is a common size in many establishments. The glass was small and cylindrical, perfect for a quick shot. The tequila went down smoothly, leaving a warm sensation in my throat.

On another occasion, while traveling in Texas, I found that the shot glasses there were slightly larger, closer to 2 ounces. The bartender explained that Texans like their shots a bit bigger, allowing for a more generous pour of tequila. It was interesting to see how the size of the shot glass varied from state to state.

In some bars and restaurants, especially those with a focus on craft cocktails, you might even find smaller shot glasses that are closer to 1 ounce. These smaller glasses are often used for tasting flights or when serving higher-end tequilas that are meant to be sipped and savored.

It’s worth noting that the size of the shot glass can also depend on the type of tequila being served. For example, if you’re enjoying a high-quality añejo tequila, a smaller glass might be used to encourage sipping and savoring the complex flavors. On the other hand, if you’re doing shots of a cheaper blanco tequila, you might find larger shot glasses that are better suited for a quick toss back.

To sum it up, the size of a shot glass for tequila can vary depending on where you are and the establishment you’re in. In most parts of the United States, a standard shot is around 1.25–1.5 ounces, but it’s not uncommon to find variations in different regions. So, the next time you order a tequila shot, be prepared for a slightly different experience depending on where you are.