What is 1.75 L of liquor called?

Liquor measurements can be confusing, especially when dealing with large volumes like 1.75 liters. This amount, also referred to as a “handle” or “half-gallon”, is a common size for liquor bottles. Understanding the different terms for liquor quantities can make shopping easier and help calculate the proper amount for parties or events. In this article, we’ll explore the various names and equivalencies for a 1.75 liter bottle of liquor.

What is a Liter?

A liter is a unit of volume in the metric system. One liter is equal to 1000 cubic centimeters or 61.0237441 cubic inches. For liquids, a liter is also equivalent to just over 34 US fluid ounces or about 2.113 US pints. Liters are a common unit for measuring the volume of liquids like liquor, wines, juices, sodas, etc.

Metric measurements like liters are standard worldwide, except in the United States where customary units like ounces and gallons are still predominant. However, you’ll still see liter volumes on many liquor bottles sold in the US.

1.75 Liters in Other Measurements

To understand the size of a 1.75 liter liquor bottle, it helps to convert it to other common US liquid units:

– 1.75 liters = 59.15 US fluid ounces
– 1.75 liters = 3.81 US pints
– 1.75 liters = 1.85 US quarts
– 1.75 liters = 0.46 US gallons

So a 1.75 L bottle contains just under half a gallon of liquor. That’s a lot!

“Handle” of Liquor

In the United States, a common slang term for a 1.75 L bottle of liquor is a “handle.” This refers to the large, handle-shaped bottles used for liquors like vodka, rum, whiskey, etc.

The term handle comes from the early days of liquor bottling when glass bottles were hand-blown and often had looping handles attached to the neck. While modern liquor bottles no longer have actual handles, the nickname has stuck around for the larger 1.75 L size.

“Half-Gallon” of Liquor

Since 1.75 liters is approximately half a gallon, you may also hear it referred to as a half-gallon bottle. This is an easy way to visualize the large size and capacity of liquor when sold in this quantity.

A standard US gallon contains 128 fluid ounces. Half of 128 ounces is 64 ounces. A 1.75 L bottle contains about 59 ounces, which is close enough to half a gallon for practical purposes. Just note that half a gallon is not an exact measurement conversion.

Standard Sizes of Liquor Bottles

Liquor bottle sizes are standardized, for the most part. Here are some common sizes:

Size Milliliters Liters
Mini/Pint 375 mL 0.375 L
Half Pint 200 mL 0.2 L
Fifth 750 mL 0.75 L
Liter 1000 mL 1 L
1.75 Liters 1750 mL 1.75 L

The fifth and 1.75 L sizes are the most common found in liquor stores. The “fifth” refers to 1/5 of a gallon.

Why is 1.75 L a Common Liquor Bottle Size?

So why is 1.75 liters such a ubiquitous size for liquor bottles? Here are a few reasons:

– It’s a convenient large size for buyers who go through a lot of liquor quickly or want to stock up.

– The volume provides good value per dollar compared to smaller bottles.

– Having a standard large size makes production and distribution efficient for liquor brands.

– Stocking a few large bottles takes up less shelf space than many small bottles.

– Uniform bottle shapes allow store owners to neatly stack them.

– The size is too heavy for most shoplifters to steal easily.

For all these reasons, you’ll find rows of 1.75 L bottles lined up at every liquor store. It’s the consumer and industry sweet spot between quantity and convenience.

Typical Kinds of Liquor in 1.75 L Bottles

While almost any distilled spirit can come in a 1.75 L size, some are much more common including:

– Vodka – The most popular liquor overall, vodka is frequently sold in large handles. Tito’s, Smirnoff, Svedka, and Absolut are top-selling 1.75 L bottle vodkas.

– Whiskey – Whiskeys like Jack Daniel’s, Jameson, and Fireball are popular in half-gallon sizes. Blended whiskeys like Seagram’s 7 and lighter Canadian whiskies also come in 1.75 L.

– Rum – Both white/light and spiced rums like Bacardi, Captain Morgan, and Malibu sell well in big bottles. Good for cocktails and mixing.

– Gin – Many major gin brands like Tanqueray, Beefeater, and Bombay Sapphire offer 1.75 L sizes. Gin also mixes well in party cocktails.

– Tequila – Silver/platinum tequilas like Jose Cuervo and Sauza are routinely stocked in large bottles for margaritas and shots.

Cocktails to Make with 1.75 L of Liquor

So what kinds of cocktails can you whip up for a crowd with a 1.75 liter bottle of liquor? Here are some options:

– Vodka Cranberry Cocktail
– Moscow Mule
– Bloody Mary
– Vodka Lemonade
– Screwdriver
– Vodka Gimlet

– Whiskey Sour
– Irish Coffee
– Old Fashioned
– Manhattan
– Whiskey Ginger Ale
– Whiskey Coke

– Mojito
– Piña Colada
– Daiquiri
– Hurricane
– Rum Punch
– Dark ‘n Stormy

– Tom Collins
– Gin Rickey
– Gimlet
– Bee’s Knees
– Aviation
– Southside

– Margarita
– Paloma
– Tequila Sunrise
– Matador
– Adios Motherf*cker
– Tequila Sour

A 1.75 L bottle holds around 40 shots. So if making mixed drinks with 2 oz pours, you can count on serving a crowd of 20 people or more. Just be sure to drink responsibly!

Cost Savings of 1.75 L vs Smaller Sizes

One advantage of buying liquor in the large 1.75 liter size is cost savings compared to smaller bottles. Let’s look at an example.

A standard 750 mL (fifth) bottle of Tito’s vodka may retail for around $25. In comparison, a 1.75 L handle of Tito’s is around $45.

Doing the math:
– 750 mL = 25.4 oz * $25 = $1 per ounce
– 1.75 L = 59.2 oz * $45 = $0.76 per ounce

So the larger Tito’s bottle saves you $0.24 per ounce – almost 25%! Not only are you getting more total liquor, but the cost per ounce is lower. This can really add up when making drinks for a party.

Just note that very cheap, bottom-shelf liquors may not follow this pricing model – sometimes the really big sizes have similar pricing per ounce. But for mid-range and top-shelf liquor brands, the 1.75 L bottle generally provides good value.

Downsides of Large Liquor Bottles

Despite the value, there are a few downsides to buying liquor in such big bottles:

– Harder to pour accurately – The heavy 1.75 L bottles make free pouring tricky. Use a shot glass or measuring cup for accuracy.

– Oxidation – Once opened, the liquor will slowly oxidize over time which can degrade taste. Best to finish it within several months.

– Taking up space – A large liquor bottle hogs precious real estate in kitchen cabinets or home bars.

– Inventory management – Restaurants and bars can struggle to use up opened 1.75 L bottles before the liquor expires.

– Weight – Full 1.75 liter bottles can weigh 4-5 lbs. Hard to carry and pour for some folks.

– No options – You’re stuck with that one type of liquor until it’s gone. No variety.

For light or occasional drinkers, a smaller 375 mL or 750 mL bottle may be a better choice if freshness and variety are priorities. But most liquor drinkers won’t mind the large size.

Liquor Bottle Sizes Compared

Bottle Size Milliliters Ounces
Nip/Mini Bottle 50 ml 1.7 oz
Shot 44 ml 1.5 oz
Airplane Mini Bottle 100 ml 3.4 oz
Pint 375 ml 12.7 oz
200 ml 200 ml 6.8 oz
Flask 200 ml 6.8 oz
Half Pint 200 ml 6.8 oz
Fifth 750 ml 25.4 oz
Liter 1000 ml 33.8 oz
1.75 Liters 1750 ml 59.2 oz
Handle 1750 ml 59.2 oz
Half Gallon 1750 ml 59.2 oz
Two-Five 2500 ml 84.5 oz
Three Liters 3000 ml 101.4 oz

This comparison table helps visualize how the 1.75 L size compares to other common liquor bottle volumes. It’s over twice as big as a standard 750 mL fifth bottle.

Liquor Bottle Sizes Explained

To summarize, here are some common liquor bottle sizes explained:

– **Mini Bottle** – The tiny 50ml “airplane” bottles. Enough for 1-2 drinks.

– **Pint** – 375ml, good for ~4 mixed drinks or 8 shots. A popular size.

– **Half Pint** – 200ml, equal to a flask size and holds 2-3 drinks.

– **Fifth** – 750ml, approximately 26 oz or 25.4 oz. Enough for ~17 drinks. One of the most common retail bottle sizes.

– **Liter** – 1000ml or 33.8 oz, holds over 30 shots. Popular large size but not as common as 1.75L.

– **1.75 Liters** – The big one! 1750ml or 59 oz. Holds around 40 shots. Better known as a “Handle” or “Half-Gallon”. The go-to size for big parties and high-volume consumption.

So in summary, if you want nearly 60 ounces of liquor, you’re looking for a 1.75 liter bottle – also called a half-gallon or a handle!

Buying Liquor in Bulk

For some drinkers, even 1.75 liters isn’t enough volume. Some states allow retail sale of 3-liter, 4-liter, or even 5-liter jugs of liquor! Bars and restaurants also have the option to buy liquor in larger bulk sizes:

– **Commercial Gallon** – 3.78 Liters. Equal to 128 oz.

– **Half-Barrel** – 13.7 Liters. The equivalent of 4.64 US gallons.

– **Barrel** – 159 Liters. A full-size barrel holds 53 gallons!

When pricing liquor costs for high-volume establishments like bars, caterers, and event venues, these extra large bulk sizes can significantly drive down the cost per ounce. But for average consumers, anything bigger than the 1.75 L bottle is probably overkill!


Let’s review some frequently asked questions about 1.75 liter liquor bottles:

How many shots in 1.75 liters of liquor?

A standard 1.75 L bottle contains around 40 shots (1.5 oz each).

How much is a 1.75 L bottle of Tito’s vodka?

Tito’s vodka runs about $45 for a 1.75 L bottle at most liquor stores.

Why are some liquors not sold in 1.75 L bottles?

Some premium brands like Grey Goose do not offer 1.75 L sizes. Rare vintage liquors are also only sold in smaller bottles.

Can you bring a 1.75 L bottle of liquor on an airplane?

No, the TSA 3-1-1 rule limits carry-on liquids to less than 3.4oz (100ml) bottles. You cannot bring a 1.75L liquor bottle through security.

How long does an open 1.75 L bottle of liquor last?

An opened 1.75 L bottle will stay fresh for 4-6 months when stored properly, then taste will slowly degrade.

How much is a plastic 1.75 L bottle of vodka?

You can save a couple dollars opting for cheaper plastic bottle vodkas like Popov in 1.75L size. Around $15-20.


Whether you call it a handle, half-gallon, sixty, or 1.75 liters, this big bottle size contains an impressive volume of liquor at a great value. It’s become the retail gold standard ideal for keeping costs down when buying spirits in bulk quantity. While too large for some casual drinkers, most liquor aficionados appreciate the convenience and economy of having their go-to spirit on hand in a big 1.75 liter size. Hopefully this breakdown demystifies the various terminologies and conversions used for this popular volume of liquor. Just remember that around 40 drinks worth of spirits clocks in at about 59 fluid ounces – and you’ve got yourself a handle!

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