Food & Drink: Half Shot

One of the minor satisfactions of life is the sight of a bartender pouring a little above the white line that graces most shot glasses. To most tipplers, the line signifies an ounce, and they are pleased by what seems to be a bonus. In fact the bartender's generosity is only good psychology: even when filled to the top, few shot glasses nowadays hold the ounce of whisky that everyone thinks he is getting. Instead, the trusting drinker may be tossing off anything from a half-ounce to seven-eighths.

The man behind the bar (or, more realistically, the man who owns...

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