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".
  • A bar measure that is half of a jigger, used to measure a cordial. A pony traditionally held 1 imp fl oz (28 ml), and is attached to the bottom of a jigger measure, which held 2 imp fl oz (57 ml).[citation needed] In modern times, however, both the size and ratio of the jigger to pony varies widely.


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


The pony as a measure reached its apex around the end of the 19th century, which also happened to be a golden age of barware.[4]


  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.”
  4. ^ Curtis, Wayne (2018-09-26). "Mixopedia: Pony Glass". Imbibe Magazine. Retrieved 2019-04-24.