The Art of ‘Parts’ – A Guide to Ratios in Cocktail Making

Hello, cocktail enthusiasts and budding mixologists! 🍹 Have you ever come across a cocktail recipe that talks about “parts” and wondered what it actually means? Understanding the concept of “parts” can make your cocktail crafting incredibly flexible and hassle-free. Let’s explore this magical term that opens doors to endless mixing possibilities.

What Is a Part?

In cocktail making, a “part” is a unit of measure that is used to maintain the ratio between different ingredients. It’s a relative measure, meaning it can be as small as a teaspoon or as large as a cup, depending on how much you’re making.

What Does 1 Part Mean in a Recipe?

When a recipe calls for “1 part,” it means you can choose any measure, but you must keep that measure consistent for all the ingredients. For example, if “1 part” is a shot glass filled with vodka, then every other “part” in that recipe should also use that same shot glass for measurement.

What Does 2 Parts to 1 Part Mean?

This is a ratio indicating that for every two units of one ingredient, you’ll need one unit of another. So if “2 parts” is two shot glasses of rum, then “1 part” would be one shot glass of lime juice.

What Does 3 Parts to 2 Parts Mean?

Here, for every three units of one ingredient, you’ll need two units of another. If you decide that one “part” equals 30 ml, then “3 parts” would be 90 ml, and “2 parts” would be 60 ml.

What Does 4 Parts Mean?

If a recipe calls for “4 parts,” it means you’ll use four times the volume of that ingredient as one part. So if 1 part is 30 ml, then 4 parts would be 120 ml.

How Much Is 1 Part in Cocktails?

The volume of “1 part” depends on how much of the cocktail you’re making and what you’re using for measurement. It could be a shot glass, a jigger, or even a cup for large batches.

What Is 2 Parts in a Cocktail?

“2 parts” means you will use twice the volume of that ingredient as one “part.” If you decide one part is 30 ml, then “2 parts” would be 60 ml.

How Many mL Is a Part?

The number of milliliters in a “part” will vary depending on what you use for measurement. It’s a relative term, so you decide how much a part is based on your needs.

What Is the Ratio of a Part?

The ratio of a “part” in a cocktail is relative to the other ingredients. For example, if the recipe is 2 parts gin and 1 part tonic, the ratio is 2:1.

What Ratio Is Part-to-Part?

In a “part-to-part” ratio, the volumes of the ingredients are the same. For example, 1 part gin to 1 part tonic would be a 1:1 ratio.

How Do You Measure for Cocktails?

For precise cocktails, you can use measuring tools like jiggers, measuring cups, or graduated cylinders. For recipes using “parts,” you can use any consistent form of measurement, like a shot glass or a cup.

What Does 1 Part to 5 Liquid Parts Mean?

This means that for every single unit of one ingredient, you’ll need five units of another liquid ingredient. If 1 part is a shot of vodka, then you’d need 5 shots of another liquid like cranberry juice.

What Does It Mean 1 Part and 4 Parts?

This indicates that for every unit of one ingredient, you’ll need four units of another. If 1 part is 30 ml of rum, you’d need 120 ml of a mixer.

Does 1 Part Mean 1 Shot?

It can, but it doesn’t have to. You can decide what “1 part” means based on how much you’re making and what you’re using to measure.

Quick Conversion Table

Here’s a simple table to illustrate the concept of “parts”:

Ratio in Recipe If 1 Part = 30 ml Total Volume in ml
1 Part 30 ml 30 ml
2 Parts 60 ml 90 ml
3 Parts 90 ml 180 ml
4 Parts 120 ml 300 ml

Feel free to adjust the “1 part” measurement according to your needs, and the rest will follow.

So, have you ever experimented with “parts” in your cocktails? It’s a wonderful way to scale up or down a recipe without losing the balance of flavors. What’s your favorite cocktail to make using the “parts” measurement? 🍸

Cheers to your endless cocktail possibilities! 🥳

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? 🍹🎉