You need the bartender to refill your glass up to one fourth. Is there a word for the quantity in English? In my native language we say tahpeyk which literally means the bottom of the shot glass. The word is also used casually for liquids other than alcohol. For example, one can say, 'Pour me a tahpeyk' when a friend asks him if he wants any tea while playing cards.


You can also ask the bartender for "a finger".

A finger more of the same.

But not of something poured into a shot glass. This request assumes a wider-mouthed glass with relatively straight walls, not a small conical glass.

  • Good call! However, in the UK, any bartender would ask you if you meant one measure or two, unless they were very familiar with your drinking habits. – Mick Nov 14 '17 at 10:54
  • @Mick: American bartenders are understood to have special telepathic powers which let them instantly assess any patron's drinking habits. It is our version of "The Knowledge". – Tᴚoɯɐuo Nov 14 '17 at 11:19
  • You're right there. The Texan bartenders that I have known automatically poured me a Shiner as soon as I walked through the door. Lovely stuff! – Mick Nov 14 '17 at 11:22
  • They know better than you do what you want to drink. It's uncanny. – Tᴚoɯɐuo Nov 14 '17 at 11:24

In English-speaking countries, alcoholic spirits (such as whisky) are normally sold by the shot (or measure), the size of which varies from country to country. In the USA, it is normally 50ml; and in the UK, it is either 25ml or 37.5ml, depending on the establishment.

shot noun [C]

a small amount of an alcoholic drink:

a shot of whisky

measure noun [C]

an exact amount, especially of alcohol:

Cambridge Dictionary

If one wanted two measures of spirits (in the same glass), one would ask for a double (or large) [type of spirit].

  • It sounds like the OP is asking for a (possibly informal) word for 1/4th of a shot, not a shot. – J.R. Nov 14 '17 at 11:08
  • @J.R. You could be right. Actually, I forgot about dram and tot (not to mention finger). My brain isn't working. – Mick Nov 14 '17 at 11:13

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