Pony glass

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A pony glass may mean one of two types of small glassware:

  • A quarter-pint glass of beer: 5 imp fl oz (142 ml), metricated to 140 ml in Australia.
  • A small, stemmed glass of about one ounce,[1] similar to a stemmed shot glass. Used for liqueurs or cordials,[2] hence also called a "cordial glass" or "liqueur glass".


The name "pony" is due to the small size, and dates to the 19th century.[3] Similar terms include pony bottle and pony keg. Folk etymologies incorrectly relate the name to horseracing.


  1. ^ CocktailDB
  2. ^ Mr. Boston Bartender's Guide, Mr. Boston Distiller Corporation, Boston, 1978, back endpapers
  3. ^ Notes and Queries, August 8th, 1896, p. 126: “It seems probable the origin is due to the diminutiveness of the glass;”
    “The expression ‘a pony of beer’ is often used in South Wales for a small glass containing about the fourth of a pint.”