Serving and Calorie Measurements Bartenders Should Know

Regardless of what you are serving at your event, bartenders should make themselves familiar with some common measurements and serving sizes. Being prepared with this knowledge will make you more prepared to deal with any situation that comes at you behind the bar.

Bottle-related measurements

Here is some handy information about the capacities of standard distilled spirit bottles.

Bottle Size Fluid Ounces Bottles/Case Liters/ Case Gallons/Case
1.75 liters 59.2 6 10.50 2.77
1 liter 33.8 12 12.00 3.17
750 ml 25.4 12 9.00 2.38
500 ml 16.9 24 12.00 3.17
200 ml 6.8 48 9.60 2.54
50 ml 1.7 120 6.00 1.59

Wine bottles come in different sizes than distilled spirit bottles.

Bottle Size Fluid Ounces Bottles/Case Liters/Case Gallons/Case
4 liters 135.0 N/A N/A N/A
3 liters 101.0 4 12.00 3.17
1.5 liters 50.7 6 9.00 2.38
1 liter 33.8 12 12.00 3.17
750 ml 25.4 12 9.00 2.38
375 ml 12.7 24 9.00 2.38
187 ml 6.3 48 8.98 2.38
100 ml 3.4 60 6.00 1.59

Beer measurements

Ever wonder how much beer is in a barrel?

Barrel Size Gallons Equivalent Measurement
1 barrel of beer 31.0 gallons 13.8 cases of 12 oz. cans or bottles, or 2 kegs
½ barrel of beer 15.5 gallons 1 keg
¼ barrel of beer 7.75 gallons ½ keg
1/8 barrel of beer 3.88 gallons ¼ keg

Drinks per bottle

How many glasses can you get out of a standard spirit or wine bottle?

Serving Size 750 ml Bottle 1-Liter Bottle 1.75-Liter Bottle
1 oz. 25 33 59
1¼ oz. 20 27 47
1½ oz. 17 22 39
3 oz. 8 11 19
4 oz. 6 8 14
5 oz. 5 6 11
6 oz. 4 5 9

Calories and carbohydrates

Most people watch what they eat, but many dieters sometimes forget to watch what they drink. Alcohol is a form of sugar, so it's high in calories. If you're counting calories or trying to keep tabs on your carbohydrate consumption, check out these measurements.

Drink Calories Carbohydrates (Grams)
Beer (12 oz.)
Light beer 110 6.9
Typical beer 144 11.7
Bourbon (1 oz.)
80 proof 65 trace
86 proof 70 trace
90 proof 74 trace
94 proof 77 trace
100 proof 83 trace
Brandy (1 oz.)
80 proof 65 trace
86 proof 70 trace
90 proof 74 trace
94 proof 77 trace
100 proof 83 trace
Champagne (4 oz.)
Brut 92 2.1
Extra Dry 97 2.1
Pink 98 3.7
Coffee Liqueur (1 oz.)
53 proof 117 16.3
63 proof 107 11.2
Gin (1 oz.)
80 proof 65 0.0
86 proof 70 0.0
90 proof 74 0.0
94 proof 77 0.0
100 proof 83 0.0
Rum (1 oz.)
80 proof 65 0.0
86 proof 70 0.0
90 proof 74 0.0
94 proof 77 0.0
100 proof 83 0.0
Scotch (1 oz.)
80 proof 65 trace
86 proof 70 trace
90 proof 74 trace
94 proof 77 trace
100 proof 83 trace
Tequila (1 oz.)
80 proof 64 0.0
86 proof 69 0.0
90 proof 73 0.0
94 proof 76 0.0
100 proof 82 0.0
Vodka (1 oz.)
80 proof 65 0.0
86 proof 70 0.0
90 proof 74 0.0
94 proof 77 0.0
100 proof 83 0.0
Whiskey (1 oz.)
80 proof 65 0.0
86 proof 70 0.0
90 proof 74 0.0
94 proof 77 0.0
100 proof 83 0.0
Wine (1 oz.)
Aperitif 41 2.3
Port 41 2.3
Sherry 41 2.3
White or red table 29 1.2
Other
Energy drink 113 28.2
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