Tuesday, October 20, 2009

The Jerry Thomas Project Measurements

I dusted off David Wondrich’s Imbibe today, as I know he has quite a bit to say about making pre-prohibition cocktails. Most importantly found was the table of measurements - which is quite handy but takes away from the notion that Thomas was mixing drinks with wine glasses of absinthe - when in fact a wine glass is only two ounces.

1 wineglass = 2 ounces
1 jigger = 1.5 ounces
1 pony = 1 ounce
1 tablespoon = .5 ounce
1 teaspoon = .3 ounce or .5 ounce (interesting as there are 3 teaspoons in a tablespoon)

And last but not least, I am not sure if Thomas was using a U.S. pint (16 ounces) or an imperial pint (20 ounces) or if he was using a U.S. quart (32 ounces) or an imperial quart (40 ounces. It appears that the British redefined their measurements in the early 19th century as a response to the commercial alcoholic beverage industry; the Americans did not follow suit, thus the discrepancies. But this means that our measurements have stayed the same since early American immigration and as Thomas was mixing here in the States - my guess is that he used American measurements (although I can’t see where it says for sure).

1 comment:

  1. 1 ounce for a pony makes much more sense than a140ml glass!! Thanks for trying to clear this up ;)

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