How Many Shots in a Liter: Double or Single Shots in 1 liter

You are having friends coming over and would want to make the event lively with shots. How many shots in a liter of tequila, whiskey, vodka, or rum will you get to make the party rock?

In this article, we will go through the number of shots in one liter and compare it with other liquor bottle sizes. We will also help you determine the number of 1-liter bottles you need for your party for everyone to get buzzed. Finally, we will help determine the number of calories you get from a liter of your favorite distilled liquor.

We will use the experience gained from running Hopsters Brewing Company in Boston to help you make the best decision when asking friends over or hosting a party. Let’s dive in!

How many shots in a liter

There are 22 shots (1.5 ounces) in a one-liter bottle of vodka, whiskey, rum, or tequila since 1 liter equals 33.814 ounces. However, if you are pouring a 1 oz. shots a liter gives you 33 shots. One liter of Vodka such as Tito’s or Smirnoff will keep you stocked for a while.

How Many Shots in a Fifth, Nip, Liter & handle of liquor

A shot in the United States contains 1.5 ounces of liquor, which is equivalent to 44 milliliters. Thus you will get 22 full shots for a 1liter bottle. However, the standard shot varies from country to country and region to region.

For example, Baltic countries typically serve 50-milliliter shots rather than the 44 ml shots in the United States. Thus, in the Baltic region, you will get only 20 full shots in a liter of liquor.

One-litre (33.814 ounces) bottle is the most common serving of an 80-proof alcoholic beverage in the United States. Since most cocktails contain 2-ounce shots, a liter of vodka or any other distilled liquor will give you 17 standard cocktail pours.

How many 1.5 oz. shots in 1 liter

In different places in the world, shots vary from 1 ounce, 1.25 ounces, 1.5 ounces, and 2 ounces. The sizes may also depend on the type of drink you are having with the standard cocktail pours having 2 oz. of distilled liquor.

There are 22 full 1.5 oz. shots in 1 liter of distilled liquor. Thus, you will get 22 standard jiggers which are about 44 ml in a liter of vodka, whiskey, rum, or tequila.

The jigger is used to measure shots that are 1.5oz or 44.3ml. Thus, dividing 1000 ml (1L) by 44.3 means a liter will yield 22.57 jiggers.

Thus, to find out the number of shots in any size bottle, you should multiply the value in liters by 22.5426818. The calculation works for shots of tequila, vodka, whiskey, rum, and other substances.

Shots in different sizes of Distilled liquor

In the United States and other countries, distilled spirits are bottled and sold in different sizes. Even though the standard is the fifth (750 ml), you will find sizes ranging from a Rehoboam (4.5 liters) to a miniature that contains one shot (nip).

You can use the table below to check the number of shots that you will get from every single liquor bottle size in the market today. We have also given you the number of 1.5-ounce shots, 2-ounce shots, and 1-ounce shots that you will get in different alcohol bottle sizes in the United States.

BottleSize1.5 oz shots per bottle1 oz. shots per bottle2 oz. shots per bottle
Rehoboam4.5 liters (152.1 ounces)101 Shots152 shots76 shots
Jeroboam3 liters (101.4 ounces)67 Shots100 shots50 shots
Handle1.75 liters (59.15 ounces)40 shots60 shots30 shots
Magnum1.5 liters (50.7 ounces)33 Shots49 shots25 shots
Liter1 liter (33.8 ounces)22 shots33 shots16 shots
Standard Bottle (Fifth)750 milliliters (25.4 ounces)16 shots25 shots12 shots
Pint473 milliliters (16 ounces)10.6 shots16 shots8 shots
Half Pint200 milliliters (6.8 ounces)4 shots6 shots3 shots
Quarter Pint100 milliliters (3.4 ounces)2 shots3 shots1.7 shots
Miniature (Nip or Mini)50 milliliters (1.7 ounces)1 shot1.7 shots0.5 shots

As seen in the table above, the number of shots in a handle is significantly higher than the number of shots in a liter since a liter contains 750 ml less as compared to a handle. On the other hand, a fifth will give you 16 standard shots.

How many Tots in 1 litre

Previously, the rum ration, or “tot”, from 1850 to 1970 was made of one-eighth of an imperial pint (71 ml) of rum at 95.5 proof (54.6% ABV) which was taken out at noon.

The current tot or shot of liquor is not standard in the United States except in Utah where it is defined as 1.5 ounces (44 ml) of liquor thus giving you 22 tots in a liter. However, the shot is defined as 35 ml in Northern Ireland and Scotland. The shot consists of 25 ml in Wales and England.

Therefore, in Northern Ireland and Scotland, a litre of alcohol will give you 28 tots. In England and Wales, a litre of liquor will give you 40 tots since a liter consists of 33.8 oz of liquor.

How many shots in 1 liter of Vodka

As discussed above, the number of shots in 1 liter of any substance is standard as long as the shot glass is the same. This means a liter of vodka will yield the same shots as one liter of tequila.

There are 22 full shots (1.5 ounces) in a liter of vodka. For 1-ounce shots, a liter of vodka will give you 33 full shots while the liter will yield 17 full 2-ounce shots.

If you are planning to serve several guests, a one-liter bottle of vodka is enough for 33 one-ounce shots or 22 standard (1.5 oz.) shots. You can determine the number of bottles that you require by determining the number of mixed drinks you want to serve and using the number of shots per person to know the number of 1-liter bottles required.

How many 25 ml shots in a liter bottle

Some regions serve alcoholic beverages in 25 ml shots. It is quite rare but is also a standard for measuring distilled liquor. This measurement of a shot is smaller than a 1-oz shot.

You will get 40 shots of 25 ml in a liter of distilled liquor. This is because a liter equals 1000 milliliters and dividing 1000 by 25 gives you exactly 40.

However, like in most other servings, it will be hard to get exactly 40 shots (25 ml) from a liter since there are spillages and also since the shot measurement is not exact. However, you will get almost 40 shots from one liter of liquor.

There are different shot glass sizes in the United Kingdom. The common ones are 25 or 35 ml, 50 or 70 ml. If you buy Shots on-premises they must contain either 25 ml or 35 ml measures of whiskey, gin, rum, or vodka.

The following are the number of shots you will get from 25 ml, 35 ml, and 50 ml shots of your favorite distilled liquor.

Distilled liquor sizeSize25ml35ml50ml

 Calories from a shot of liquor

The number of calories in hard liquor is almost the same if the proof for the different preparations is the same. The calories in 80-proof vodka will be almost similar to 80-proof whiskey for the same size.

Therefore, for a 1.5-ounce shot of vodka, the number of calories is as follows:

  • 70-proof vodka: 85 calories.
  • 80-proof vodka: 96 calories.
  • 90-proof vodka: 110 calories.

The calories come from the alcohol content and none from carbohydrates or proteins since the liquor is distilled eliminating most of the other nutrients from the final drink.

Calories from a shot of liquor vs beer vs Wine

Calories in a shot of tequila

For a 40% ABV standard shot of tequila, the calorie output is 96 calories per 1.5oz shot. These calories come from the alcohol content as described in the Vodka description above and none from carbohydrates or proteins.

The 96 calories for a 1.5-ounce standard shot of 80-proof tequila comes from 14 grams of alcohol. This is because alcohol has approximately 7 calories per gram.

You should keep at the back of your mind that some tequilas are slightly higher in alcohol as compared to the common 40% ABV. This means that the calories will be higher in these shots.

Shots in Whiskey

Each 1.5-ounce shot of 80-proof (40% ABV) whiskey contains 14 grams of alcohol and zero carbs. Calculating the calories with the knowledge that a gram of alcohol provides approximately 7 calories gives you 98 calories in a 44 ml ( 1.5 oz.) shot.

Whiskey ProofSizeCalories
Whiskey (80 proof)1.5 oz (45 ml)97
Whiskey (94 proof)1.5 oz (45 ml)116

Just like a tequila shot or vodka shot described above, a whiskey shot’s calories depend on the proof (ABV) of the distilled liquor. Carbohydrates and proteins do not contribute any calories to a shot of whiskey.

It will take some exercises to burn off the calories gained from the hard liquor described above especially if the person took a number of shots. Moreover, if the chaser is another calorie-rich drink like soda or lime juice, then the calories gained will be considerably higher.


We have gone through how many shots are in a liter and compared it with different bottle sizes of distilled liquor. The information is important for planning purposes in case you want to host a party or are buying a bottle for personal consumption.

A liter of hard liquor contains 22 standard (1.5-ounce) shots. For 1-ounce shots, a liter of vodka, whiskey, rum, or tequila will give you 33 shots while the liter will yield 17 full 2-ounce shots.

We have also given you the calories per shot of hard liquor with the 40% ABV (80-proof) liquor giving you 96 calories. This compares favorably with a light beer bottle but is significantly lower than the calories in a bottle of regular beer.