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What is a Jigger?

A jigger is a common bar essential that acts as a cocktail measuring cup. Jiggers are dual sided and help bartenders cut down on over pouring and remain consistent when crafting cocktails. They have different capacities on each end and range from 0.5 to 2.5 ounces. One of their main advantages is that jiggers are dual sided and allow bartenders to quickly mix drinks while using both sides of the jigger.

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Jigger Measurements

Woman using a jigger to make a cocktail

There are a number of different sizes of jiggers and you should always double check jigger measurements when following a cocktail recipe. A jigger in one cocktail recipe can differ from an amount in another. You should also hire a bartender who is familiar with jigger measurements and how they range in size. A standard jigger is 1.5 oz. and 0.75 ounces on either side. The most common jiggers are 1.5 x 0.75 oz. and 2 x 1 oz.

How many ounces are in a jigger?

Typically, the larger end of the jigger is 1.5 ounces and the smaller end is 0.75 ounces. In most cases when people refer to a “jigger” or a “jigger shot” they are referring to the standard jigger size of 1.5 ounces. The smaller end of the jigger is known as a pony shot.

How many ounces are in a shot?

One shot is typically 1.5 ounces, which equates to one standard jigger. Shot glasses can be used for drinking or measuring. They come in an array of different sizes and shapes that can be used for multiple purposes.

Jigger Styles

Pouring liquor into a double jigger

Jiggers can come in various different styles and types. Below we take you through two common jiggers.

Double Jiggers

Double jiggers are the traditional style of jiggers and are also referred to as the basic bar jigger. They feature the standard hourglass shape and come in a variety of different sizes.

Japanese Jiggers

Japanese jiggers have a sleek, narrow shape with a thin diameter and are tall in height. Because of their thin style, they are easy to pour from, but they can be difficult to pour liquor or syrup into.


Whether you are mixing cocktails or stocking your bar, jiggers are an essential to include in your back of bar inventory. These bar measuring tools will ensure bartenders are pouring consistently when mixing recipes and providing a quality drink to customers.

Posted in: Bars & Breweries | By Laura Brent
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