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    How much is a customary pour?

    I believe I have that question right. In other words, wine I believe is 5 ounces. How much for bourbon?

    I purchased a Riedel Bourbon glass. Of course drinking spirits with more alchohol is not chugged down but rather sipped as I have learned. I am new to drinking whiskey in general so would like to know what the custom is. If I go into a bar(which I probably won't...but rather a restaurant WITH a bar) and would order bourbon neat, how much can I expect in a glass?

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    Re: How much is a customary pour?

    A standard bar pour of straight spirits is 1 1/4 oz.

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    Re: How much is a customary pour?

    Quote Originally Posted by cowdery View Post
    A standard bar pour of straight spirits is 1 1/4 oz.
    1 1/4 oz. not 1 1/2 oz. ?

    I have a couple shot glasses that came from somewhere.... a bar.... I was young, I hope God forgives me. I'm pretty sure the little white line is
    1 1/2 oz. and to the brim is another 1/2 oz. I have had them for more than fifteen years. Did something change? Are their regional differences?

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    Re: How much is a customary pour?

    My information is maybe 20 years old, from when I was working in the business, and the standard bar pour at the big, corporate accounts that standardized such things was 1.25 oz., not 1.5 oz.

    Remember that most of the spirits served in bars are white goods going into mixed drinks, often times premixed drinks. That machine-made gin and tonic is supposed to contain exactly 1.25 oz. of gin.

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    Re: How much is a customary pour?

    The one and only time I saw a machine made drink was the one and only time I was on one of the river boats, permanently docked (floating casinos) in the Quad Cities. I had a "weak" Jack and Coke. 1 1/4 oz. would explain that.

    Slightly off topic but, Some 12 or 13 years ago a lot of bars around hear started using pour spouts that had a glass or plastic ball that would fill up and then empty. Standard practice seem to be to tip the bottle right side up and then back over allowing the reservoir to fill back up and then top off the drink. How much more you would get, depended of course, on how well you tipped. I don't see those as much anymore. They are still around but they're not as ubiquitous as they once were. Bartenders didn't like them because they slowed everything up. Perhaps these devices have improved and are less obtrusive. They use to be a "big red ball" that sat atop the spout. In any case they seem less in use today.

    Most places I go just eyeball it. For more complicated cocktails, more complicated than a neat pour or a whiskey Coke, I see bartenders use those cone shaped stainless two sided measurers or sometimes a shot glass. I'm curious, what are the standard practices at everyone's local?
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    Cool Re: How much is a customary pour?

    In the old days (60's and 70's, for me) almost every cocktail recipe or straight pour called for 1.5 oz, which is slightly less than 50 ml, which is (or was) the size of a standard mini bottle. Yes, I have noticed that the standard pour is now considered to be 1.25 oz. I just consider this to be another part of the wussification of America.

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    Re: How much is a customary pour?

    When I first started bartending in 1996, the standard pours were:

    1.25 oz in a mixed drink, 1.5 oz neat

    when I last worked in a bar 3 years ago it had become:

    1.5 oz mixed, 2 oz neat.
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    Re: How much is a customary pour?

    If you order the drink in a snifter then you should be able to turn the glass on it's side and roll it on the table without spilling anything. I don't know how close the spirit should come to the lip of he glass but imo a good pour would come as close as possible to the lip. Then again, I've seen some pretty big snifters...
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    Re: How much is a customary pour?

    Quote Originally Posted by ratcheer View Post
    I just consider this to be another part of the wussification of America.

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    great line my friend!

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    Re: How much is a customary pour?

    Depends by state and by local bar.... Most of the time it is 1.25 (by law in Utah, by cheap bastards in a lot of pubs), but not always. If you know the bar keep well and you tip well, your "customary" pour may be much nicer than the guy next to you

    At McMann's in Tucsn I got a glass of Hirsch for $14, but it had to be three ounces... not a bad deal...

 

 

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