When the bloody mary cocktail was first invented it was originally made with gin. I used to drink them years ago with vodka and they were ok but I am not a big vodka lover except for Stoli ice cold. I had known of the original drink so I went back through food history archives and have created this "original" alternative to vodka. Even those who detest gin seem to love these. The gin doesn't taste like gin in these but gives a zippier flavor! I use the lower amount of gin usually as I don't like them to taste more like alcohol than a bloody mary. Just drink more of them or use the higher amount!! This is also great without the alcohol.