How Many Shots Are In A Handle Of Gin? The numbers crunched


For new and seasoned drinkers, it can be difficult to know how much you have drank over a night or a week. Perhaps you have splashed out on a handle of gin and you and some friends have finished this off in recored time. But just how many shots of gin was that? How many shots are in a handle of gin?

How many shot are in a handle of gin?

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There are 33.8 shots of gin in a handle of gin. A shot is 1.5fl oz and there are 50.7fl oz or 1750ml in a handle bottle of gin. It represents half of a fluid gallon of gin. A handle is over twice the size of a 750ml bottle of gin.

How big is a handle of gin?

A handle of gin is 1750ml or 1.75l of gin. It is half of a fluid gallon.

1.75 litres is 59.2fl oz of gin.

It is called a handle as it is big enough to have a handle on it! It is difficult to carry it as just a bottle.

How big is a bottle of gin

In all these calculations, in different parts of the world, there will be different sizes for just about any bottle.

In the USA…

If you think of a standard bottle of gin, it will almost always be 750ml which equates to roughly 25.4fl oz of gin.

In the UK, a bottle of gin would likely come as a 700ml bottle.

CountrySize of bottle
USA750ml
Canada750ml
UK700ml
Ireland700ml
EU700ml
Size of bottle per country

Why is a bottle of gin in the USA 750ml/25.4fl oz?

The answer comes from its other name, “a fifth”

750ml or 25.4fl oz is a fifth of a liquid gallon so that is where the name “a fifth” comes from and why a bottle of gin is 750ml in the USA

Why us a bottle of gin in Europe 700ml?

Back in the 1990s, the Eu decided that the size of a bottle of gin should be 700ml. The reason is that a shot is usually 25ml or 35ml and both can be divided into 700ml easily, so it was the perfect size for a European pub.

What is a standard shot of gin?

Gin can come in lots of unique shapes, sizes, strengths and from all over the world. What one person thinks of as a standard gin might be completely different from someone else.

Luckily for everyone, the USDA have devised a list of “standard” alcoholic drinks. Each one contains the exact same amount of alcohol – 14g of alcohol (0.6 ounces).

Below is a list of the standard drinks, volumes and ABV that all give 14g of alcohol.

Drink and volumeAlcohol content
12fl oz Beer5%
5fl oz Wine12%
1.5fl oz Spirit (e.g Gin)40%
Standard Drinks

How big is a standard shot of gin?

From the information and definitions given to us by the USDA, we can see that a standard shot of gin is 1.5fl oz. 

So in the USA, a standard shot is 1.5fl oz of 45ml of gin.

Do standard shots of gin change in different countries?

Unfortunately, a standard shot of gin will change from country to country.

Even within an overall country or single market there can be lots of differences.

Take the UK for example…

A standard shot of gin in England and Wales is 25ml (remember a standard US shot is 45ml).

A standard shot of gin in Scotland and Northern Ireland is 35ml.

England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland all make up the UK but there can be various laws, in this case liquor laws, that differ, how weird is that?!

So how many shots of gin in a handle?

There are 39.5 shots of gin in a handle of gin in the USA.

A handle has 59.2fl oz, so if you divide this by 1.5 (the size of a 1.5fl oz shot) you get 39.5.

Are the any other different sized bottles of gin available?

There are many different types and sizes of gin bottles. The common ones you might come across are the miniature, bottle, litre and handle. 

Below is the sizes difference and how many shots each of these contains…

Bottlemlfl ozShots
Miniture501.71.1
Bottle/Fifth75025.416.9
Litre100050.733.8
Handle/Half gallon150059.239.5
Shots in different sized gin bottles

How many shots of gin to get you drunk?

So just how much of a bottle of gin do you need to get drunk?

I have written a whole article on this which you can read here

How many alcoholic gins does the average adult need to drink to get to a BAC of 0.08% and drunk under the law?

The CDC tells us that the average 160lb adult male will need to drink 4 standard drinks, in this case gins, to get to a BAC of 0.08%.

The answer is therefore, it would take 4 standard gins to get drunk. These need to be drank over 1-2 hours however, as your liver will start breaking down the alcohol in your blood as soon as it encounters it.

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