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# How much is a fifth of liquor?

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A fifth of liquor is the colloquial term for a 750-milliliter bottle. Converting 750 milliliters to ounces yields 25.4 ounces, just under one-fifth of a 128 ounce gallon, hence the colloquialism. Other traditional bottle sizes, the pint and half-gallon, have also changed with the introduction of metric measures.

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Pint bottles are now 375-milliliter bottles, almost 4 ounces less than a true pint. A half-gallon bottle, also known as a handle, is 1.75 liters, also 4 ounces shy of its original measure. Other common measures of liquor are a 1.5-ounce shot, a 50-milliliter mini-bottle, and a 33.8-ounce, or 1-liter, quart bottle.

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A fifth of liquor was equal to one-fifth of a gallon, which is a common unit of measurement for distilled spirits in the United States. Even though people colloquially refer to liquor bottles as "fifths," since 1980, they have actually been 750 milliliters or 25.36 ounces, which is slightly less than exactly one-fifth of a gallon.

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A 750-milliliter bottle of chardonnay contains approximately 600 calories. Multiple wine makers state that a 5-ounce serving of chardonnay contains 120 calories. Converting 750 milliliters to ounces yields about 25 ounces of wine; thus, each bottle has about five 5-ounce servings. Five servings times 120 calories equals 600 calories.

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