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Drink measurements

To understand the recipe, we must know how to measure and understand the units mentioned for each drink. Some recipes will mention measurements in parts, Some in millilitre or fluid ounce and some in oz. To simplify the making process please read and memorise the measurements terminologies given below coz being accurate when making cocktails is an absolute must.


A part is simply a relative measurement, and works for single drinks and large batches. For example, when the recipe calls for 1 part of ingredient X, and 2 parts of ingredient Y, you use twice as much of ingredient Y.


Jiggers are metal measuring devices that usually have two cones, one on either end.

A double-ended vessel, generally of stainless steel or other metal, one end of which typically measures 1 1/2 fluid ounces, the other typically 1 fluid ounce.Jiggers are the most basic bar tool for any beginner. The smaller end would vary from a “pony” or 1 oz (30 mL) to a typical “shot” or 1 1/2 oz (45 mL), while the larger end would hold up to 2 oz (60 mL). Be aware that a jigger measurement is the same as a shot.

British jiggers uses the metric system instead of imperial, so the standard measurement on a jigger is 25 mL and 50 mL on both ends. Get used to these terms and measurements. 

Eg : 2 oz (60 mL) vodka

       1 oz (30 mL) triple sec

       1 oz (30 mL) lime juice/sweet and sour mix.

       The 2 oz/60 mL = 2 parts, while the 1 oz/30 mL = 1 part.

Dash or Splash

A dash is bigger than a splash, but both are small amounts. You use them to flavor a cocktail for taste, so take judgment call, taste the drink before serve. A splash generally involves less viscous liquids such as mixers, whereas dashes are used with stronger flavourings, such as tabasco.

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