The Origin of the Shot Glass

"A Shot for a Shot"

Legend has it, that in the Old West when a cowhand was low on cash, he would trade a .45 cartridge for a six-gun to get a glass of whiskey, this became known as a "shot" of whiskey and still holds the name to this day.

Others point the origin of the term to Friedrich Otto Schott, a German Glass Maker in 1884 who made small glasses in his factory.


Wherever the origin comes from, shots are fun, and knowing the story behind it is even better.


Next time you're out at the bar, you'll know the origin of the shot.


The shot glass above with an actual bullet is real! You can find it here.

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