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Harley Davidson engine parts used to make €1,000 gin

A motorcycle enthusiast has created what he believes to be, and probably is, the world’s first gin to be “infused” with the engine parts of a Harley Davidson.

A piece of Harley Davidson history is encased inside each bottle of The Archaeologist

Uwe Ehinger of workshop Ehinger Kraftrad – which manufacturers custom-made motorbikes – earned the nickname “The Archaeologist” due to his passion for scouring the planet for antique motorbikes and parts and using them to create his own models.

Now, he has transferred that passion to the world of spirits to create The Archaeologist – a €1,000 gin made by steeping the spirit with engine parts salvaged from an old Harley Davidson motorbike.

ˮEverything I do pays tribute to the things that used to be”, said Ehinger explaining his unusual creation.

The bottles of gin are filled with original engine parts salvaged by Ehinger from across the world, including 1939 Flathead camshafts from the Mexican desert, 1947 Knucklehead screw-nuts from Chile or 1962 Panhead rocker arms from South Korea.

In making the gin, each motorbike part is sterilised and sealed with a tin alloy to make it safe, before being soldered onto a steel structure and encased inside a handcrafted bottle.

Priced at €1,100, each unique bottle is hand-stamped with a unique serial number of the engine part in its respective bottle, making it a unique piece of memorabilia for Harley Davidson enthusiasts.

The first edition of ˮThe Archaeologist” was reserved for Ehinger’s most loyal customers and is only served in Ehinger’s garage. A limited number were distributed via the website’s online shop and sold out within hours. with orders now being taken for Ehinger next batch.

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