5. Water Displacement
Are you the type that likes a labor-intensive, time-consuming—but fun!—solution to a conundrum? Buddy, have I got a method for you! All you have to do is measure how much liquid is displaced by 1.5 ounces of solid material. Then anything can be your shot glass!
Here’s how it’s done:
Step 1: Fill a smallish container with about two inches of water. Mark the top of the water’s level with a marker.
Step 2: Place an object that displaces 1.5 ounces in the water. My suggestion: 5 quarters and 3 nickels, which totals 1.52 ounces. With all the coins submerged, mark the new high mark of the water.
Step 3: Dump the change and water. Fill the glass to the top line with the alcohol of your choice. Pour out the liquid until you reach the first line you made. You just poured a shot!
*You can also use a ping pong ball for this method. It will yield 1 oz lines, so if you want to go for it—and why not? You’ve come this far—you can make your own full-blown measuring cup with it.
Congratulations! You’ve completed a crash course in make-do shot measurement. Far from judging you for not owning a shot glass, your friends will now marvel at your MacGyver-esque bar skills. Go forth and spread your newfound knowledge.