Virginia Spirits: MurLarkey Distilled Spirits

By Rachel Marsh | September 15th, 2020

Featuring Imagination Gin

Murlarkey Distilled Spirits gin

It’s Virginia Spirits Month, which means “It’s 5 o’clock for 30 days!” Need a distillery guide? We can help with that.

Additionally, interested in our state’s boozy history? We can help with that too.

With the wind at their backs and genetic luck in their blood, three second-generation Irish-American cousins launched MurLarkey Distilled Spirits in 2014. Though a small operation at first, Tom Murray, Mike Larkin, and Jim Larkin – with a small team at their side – have grown their distillery through hard work and a lot of, well, spirit.

Murlarkey offers a huge selection of products: from clear spirits like vodkas and gins, to heavier sippers like smokehouse and barrel-aged whiskeys. Otherwise, craving something more unique? They also produce flavored whiskeys: coffee, cinnamon, honey, cocoa, and even banana – to name a few – each one made with natural fruit and botanical flavoring infusions.

MurLarkey embraces their heritage and culture in all of their endeavors – with award-winning products that could only make their ancestors swell with Irish pride.

MurLarkey Distilled Spirits

Bristow, Virginia

Featured Product: Imagination Gin

This clean, citrusy gin fits perfectly in a variety of situations. Distilled with 12 all-natural botanicals, its taste goes much further than that of most gins. The traditional juniper flavor is balanced out with this spirit’s many fellow flavors: from sichuan peppercorn to lavender to lemongrass. It hits the tongue at full speed like a firework, then slowly tingles out into one big, clean, citrus flavor.

So, throw in a splash of tonic and lime, or sip solo and enjoy the unique fusion of tastes. You simply can’t go wrong.

Recipe: Paloma


  • Rocks glass with ice
  • 1.5 oz. ImaGINation
  • 3.5 oz. Tonic Water
  • 1 oz. Ruby Red Grapefruit Juice

Stir well. Then, garnish with lime and enjoy!

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