Its kinda surprising that many drinkers dont know some basic drink measures & bar terms. Lemme see if i can assist.
A shot of liquor in Malaysia is generally 30ml (one ounce, aka a pony), but in many countries including US, its 45ml (1.5 oz). (UK is only 25ml. Haha! Kesian)
So a 750ml bottle of liquor (aka a fifth) has 25 shots.
A regular mug / can of beer in Malaysia is 330ml, while a pint (UK pint) is 20 ounces, ie, 568ml, which is more than half a litre. (One US pint = 16 oz = 473ml).
Hoegaarden (draft) is served at 500ml, which is in between US & UK measure of one pint. The ‘half pint’ Guinness comes in 12 oz glasses, which is not a “perfect pint” as Guinness claims. It’s 350ml.
According to established, award-winning bartender Mark ‘Maverick’ Robert, many bartenders here use a jigger, the cone-shaped measuring cup to pour a shot of liquor. “But that’s only 25ml, so ur being short-changed quite a bit. Those are illegal as measuring apparatus,” says the ex-bartender, who know works with Sid’s Pubs.
If customers cant tell what one shot should look / taste like, thats too bad.
The licensed ones are the optic pourers, the transparent ones that are latched onto upturned bottles, where the glass is pressed against it & d 30ml shot is dispensed.
“Most bartenders dont use any equipment – they just count it down – three seconds for a shot.” This is known as free-pour.
A glass of wine should be 120ml – 150ml. A bottle of wine serves 5-6 glasses. White wine should be served cold; red wine – room temperature (which is defined as 18C) and not cold, otherwise it would taste acidic. (For serious wine drinking, red wine glasses should be filled to 1/3 capacity; white wine glasses to ½ full; and sparkling wine glasses to ¾ full.). Of course bubbly should be served as cold as possible, as with beers & stouts.
Some other basic terms:
Alcohol – a lifestyle beverage containing ethanol, dat can make u do stupid shit
A dash – 1/3 teaspoon
Neat / straight – a shot of liquor with no mixer, ice or water
On the rocks – the above, plus ice
Punch – a mix of juices & alcohol, served cold. Also what u end up with if u talk too much shit in a bar
House-brand / house-pour / well liquor – the brand of liquor or wine that a bar serves as default brand
Call drink – to request a particular brand of booze, as opposed to the house-pour
A barrel – a 30-liter keg of beer, equal to 90 mugs of beer
Chaser – a drink that’s taken immediately after another, normally to help wash it down. Or d chick / dude dats drunk, & on your tail all nite
Grenadine – a popular sweetish flavoring for drinks. It is made from pomegranates or red currants
Aperitif – a French term referring to a light alcoholic drink taken before a meal to stimulate appetite. Sometimes this pre-meal drinking can end up being the appetizer, main course & dessert
Magnum – large bottle of booze, twice the normal size. I like
Gin – some crap
Lok-lok– God-sent pushers of bites, always waiting loyally for u to pig out after ur drunk