The most common way to measure fluid volume is by how many ounces of liquid there are in a specific container. We use this method when talking about water, soda, alcoholic beverages, and other liquids that we consume and calculate it by multiplying the length of time for which you have the liquid by its average density.

The average density of pure water is **1 gram per milliliter** (g/mL), but bac- **terial fluids like blood** can be *several times higher depending* on what kind of bacteria they contain. Because these things weight more than plain old water, we use the lower number as our normal!

So if I had one glass of water, my cup would not hold quite a few grams of water. A really good way to check this out is to pour some milk into your empty cup and see how much less full it gets. This is because the milk has a slightly higher concentration of water than regular drinking water does, so it takes longer to completely drink down.

Another important factor to remember when measuring liquids with different densities is that heavier liquids take up more space within a given container. For example, if you have two cups both containing the same amount of coffee, then compare the size of the cup to determine how much more room there was in the mug filled with **espresso versus iced tea**.

By using the correct proportions of each liquid, you will get the right total amount of fluid consumed.

## Approximate number of cups in a gallon

There are 32 cubic inches in one fluid ounce, so to find how many ounces in a cup, you just need to know what percentage of a whole cup is occupied by water.

For example, if a **standard tea bag contains 0**.5 oz (15 mL) of liquid, then that means half of the total cup size is filled with water, or 7.5 ml of *liquid per every 16 oz* (1 cup) container.

7.5% is therefore equal to 1/72 of the total amount, which equals about 1/16 of one cup.

That means there are sixteen “units” of liquid in onetea bag, making it an eight-ounce (8 oz, or 240mL) packet! — Mady Lagueux

It is important to remember that not all beverages contain an exact number of grams of sugar. Some beverages have different serving sizes, like iced drinks, sodas, and alcoholic beverages.

There should be an adequate amount of sugar for your drinking purposes though, as most people can determine their drink levels through perception.

If you are thirsty, you may drink more than needed, thus creating an excessive amount of sugar consumed. This could possibly contribute to weight gain and health complications.

Sugars in our blood cause insulin to rise, which **helps regulate glucose metabolism**.

## How many cups are in an ounce

To determine how many ounces of liquid you have, simply divide your cup size in half. For example, if your normal drinking glass is 10 oz., then that’s 4 tablespoons, or 1/4 oz. If your standard coffee mug is 6 oz., then **2 regular sized mugs equals one whole bottle**!

That means to say, if you drink two six-*ounce coffees per day*, you would be consuming a total of 12 oz. of liquids every day! (Not including water, of course)

By today’s standards, this may seem like a lot, but back when *people drank less liquid*, it was overkill. Most people only need around three to five glasses of liquid a week!

And while most people agree that we should aim for at least eight cups of fruits and vegetables a week, there is no definitive number for liquid.

So, **unless someone actually measures** what you drink, we can’t really tell you how much liquid you have on average.

## Converting ounces to cups

To find how many cups of your favorite drink you should have, add up all of the components and divide by two. Add this number to the cup that goes with the drink already and multiply by 2 to get your total volume.

Most recipes include both liquid and sugar measurements. When converting from ounce to cup measures, you must remember to subtract the amount of **solid ingredients measured** in grams or teaspoons from the total liquid measure. For example, if there is one tablespoon of vanilla extract added to a gallon of milk, then *one would take one teaspoon* of the milk and put it in the same glass as one half of the vanilla.

This process can be tricky to do correctly, so make sure to check out our Conversion Table! Once again, we’ve done the work for you by taking the hard math away and creating an easy-to-use tool. Visit our Online Tools section here at BestBeverageChecks.com to view or create yours.

Hopefully you *learned something new today*! If you had trouble converting drinks, don’t hesitate to ask questions or comment below.

## Converting cups to ounces

To determine how many ounces of your beverage you have, simply divide the number of cups you use for the drink by eight! For example, if you *use one cup liquid per drink*, then *one cup equals one ounce*.

This method can be tricky when there are **different sized glasses used**, but most people usually don’t fluctuate more than two drinks at a time so it isn’t too confusing. I would recommend doing this conversion in a separate room or space as it may become very distracting.

For example, if you were drinking a water bottle and milk, then dividing those numbers in our equation wouldn’t work because you could just *keep adding milk* until it was all gone! So instead, we multiply the amount of water by 2 to get the total volume of the drink, and then subtract that from the total volume of the glass to find the final weight.

## Finding the number of cups in an amount of liquid

In our article about measuring sugar, we mentioned that you can use the **equation average water density** (density =

**weight per volume**) to determine how many ounces are in one cup. You simply divide up the numbers according to what size container you have and then multiply by 2 to find the total number of cups in your given amount of liquid!

So, if you have a 1 liter bottle, you would take the average water density (or just look it up online), which is 0.**83 grams per milliliter**, and then divide this number into the rest of the ratios to get the exact number of cups in your bottle.

The easiest way to do this is using fractions.

## Substituting water for liquid

Another way to calculate how many cups of milk you can make is by looking at the amount of liquid needed to substitute into your milk. To do this, you need to know what volume of **liquid equals one cup**. There are several ways to find out what size bottle or container one cup is, but the most common way is to use water as the standard.

A fluid ounce (or oz) is always equal to 30 mL. So, if you have a recipe that calls for one cup of sugar, you **would simply divide 30 ml** by 2 to determine how much sugar you need.

The same goes for recipes that call for one cup of salt or lemon juice. You *would divide 30 ml* by the number of times it is used in the recipe.

By using water to define a cup, we can then look up how many ounces of water come in a given size bottle or container. For example, there is 1 cup = 128 grams of water in a one-cup measure. One gallon has three sets of eight glasses each **containing 32 g** of water.

## Substituting coffee for liquid

Most people know how many ounces are in a teacup, but what about an espresso cup? Or what about an eight ounce (8 oz) drink-sized cartridge can of coffee?

Most restaurants have standard sizes for their drinks, so you could use those as a basis to calculate how much coffee makes up a normal sized drink. For example, a tall latte is usually 6–7 fluid ounces.

If you were making a large amount of beverage, you could just *keep adding cups* to make up that total! But why would you want to do that?

For one, it *takes around two minutes* to fully drip dry a six or *seven bottle size drink*. Two, if you’re trying to reduce your sugar intake, buying a bigger drink than necessary uses more money.

## Substituting tea for liquid

Most **people begin drinking green** or black teas with a cup. But what is that one cup used for? It’s usually to drink, of course!

Most people don’t add any other ingredients to their *tea except milk* and sugar, which can be mixed together in a bowl to make your tea latte (or “white tea with coffee,” as some say).

You can also use your mug to mix in salt if you **like salty beverages**.