How to Measure a Finger of Scotch

Written by a.j. andrews Google
  • Share
  • Tweet
  • Share
  • Pin
  • Email
How to Measure a Finger of Scotch
Jiggers dispense 1 14.2gr. of Scotch per pour -- the amount of liquor in one "finger." (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

A finger of Scotch refers to an informal measurement of the spirit equal to approximately one fluid ounce. When holding an empty Scotch tumbler or rocks glass, the hand holding the glass is visible; pouring the Scotch until it reaches the width of one finger provides a "finger" of the drink. Always pour the Scotch before adding any ice to the glass for an accurate measurement. However, never add ice to a high-quality, single-malt Scotch -- it dilutes the drink, softens its pleasant smokiness and lightens its rich colour.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Grasp an empty rocks glass, tumbler or highball glass.

  2. 2

    Position the bottom of the ring finger of the hand holding the glass parallel with the bottom of the glass. Your middle finger should be level with the bottom of the inside of the glass.

  3. 3

    Pour the Scotch in the glass until it reaches the top of your middle finger.

Don't Miss

  • All types
  • Articles
  • Slideshows
  • Videos
  • Most relevant
  • Most popular
  • Most recent

No articles available

No slideshows available

No videos available

By using the site, you consent to the use of cookies. For more information, please see our Cookie policy.