From Tablespoons to Teaspoons
The Cocktail Lover’s Guide to Measurement Conversion

Greetings, cocktail enthusiasts and aspiring mixologists! 🍹 Ever been in the middle of crafting your signature cocktail and wondered, “How many teaspoons make a tablespoon?” or “What’s the real difference between a tablespoon and a teaspoon?” Well, you’re not alone! Understanding these conversions can elevate your cocktail game and make you a more versatile bartender. Let’s dive in!

How Many Teaspoons to a Tablespoon?

The answer to this question is straightforward: 1 tablespoon (tbsp) is equal to 3 teaspoons (tsp). This conversion is handy to remember when you’re dealing with cocktail recipes that use both measurements. For instance, if a recipe calls for 1 tablespoon of simple syrup but you only have a teaspoon to measure, you’ll know you need 3 teaspoons to get the job done!

Fun Fact 🎉

The tablespoon and teaspoon units originated in England, and they were initially used in cooking and dining. Nowadays, they’re crucial in the cocktail world too!

Tablespoon in Teaspoons

When converting from tablespoons to teaspoons, use the simple formula:

Teaspoons (tsp)=Tablespoons (tbsp)×3

So, if your cocktail recipe requires 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, you would need:

2 tbsp ×3=6 tsp 

Simple, right?

Tablespoon vs. Teaspoon

Now that you know the conversion rate, let’s look at when you might use each:

Fun Fact 🎉

Did you know that the abbreviation ‘tbsp’ for tablespoon is derived from the older term “tablespoonful” to differentiate it from ‘tsp,’ which stands for teaspoon?

Common Questions

Can I use tablespoons and teaspoons interchangeably?

While it’s possible to convert between the two, be cautious. Using the wrong measurement can significantly alter the taste and balance of your cocktail.

Why do cocktail recipes use both?

Some recipes use both to cater to various audiences and measurement systems. Plus, it’s easier to measure 3 teaspoons than 0.6 of a tablespoon!

Conversion Table for Quick Reference

Here’s a quick reference table to help you convert between tablespoons and teaspoons effortlessly:

Tablespoons (tbsp) Teaspoons (tsp)
0.5 1.5
1 3
1.5 4.5
2 6
2.5 7.5
3 9
4 12
5 15

So, whether you’re crafting a classic Old Fashioned or experimenting with new flavor combinations, understanding these conversions can make you a more skilled and adaptable mixologist.

Ever found yourself in a pinch without a tablespoon? How did you manage to get the right measurement? 🤔

Cheers to mastering the art of precise cocktail crafting!

Other measurements you might find helpful

Teaspoon (tsp) and Tablespoon (tbsp)

Dash and Splash


Pint and Quart


Cup (C)

Oz & ml

Armed with this knowledge, you’ll be able to master any cocktail recipe from around the globe. 🌍

So, which of these measurements do you often find yourself using? Ever tried scaling a single cocktail recipe to a big party punch? 🍹🎉