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On the Wings of Eagles

On the Wings of Eagles cocktail in a rocks glass with one large ice cube and a mint sprig garnish
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During the 2016 football season, bartenders from each NFL team’s hometown provided the perfect cocktail to represent their team. Because regardless of your affiliation, cocktails are something we can all cheer for together.

On the Wings of Eagles was created by Philadelphia bartender Matthew Polzin during his time at The Olde Bar and is inspired by the Philadelphia Eagles. The drink features a boozy combination of Fernet-Branca, cognac, rye whiskey, green Chartreuse and lemon bitters, plus a mint sprig for garnish. The Fernet-Branca bottle’s famous logo features an eagle and globe, so this bitter amaro made from a secret blend of 27 herbs, roots and spices was a natural choice. And the green Chartreuse, made from a secret recipe of 130 herbs, matches the Eagles’ green uniforms.

To make the cocktail, Polzin rinses a glass with the fernet. He then stirs the cognac, rye, green Chartreuse and bitters in a mixing glass before straining the contents into the fernet-rinsed serving glass. This trick ensures that the powerful fernet accents rather than overwhelms the other ingredients.

Whether you’re an Eagles fan or not, everyone can enjoy the On the Wings of Eagles cocktail. So, put your rivalries aside and make one for yourself the next time you sit down to watch a game. No matter who wins, you’ll get to enjoy a good drink.


  • 1/2 ounce Fernet-Branca

  • 1 1/2 ounces cognac

  • 3/4 ounce rye whiskey

  • 3/4 ounce green Chartreuse

  • 2 dashes lemon bitters

  • Garnish: mint sprig


  1. Add the Fernet-Branca into a rocks glass and roll the glass to coat the sides of the glass. Discard any excess, if desired.

  2. Add the cognac, rye, green Chartreuse and bitters into a mixing glass with ice and stir until well-chilled.

  3. Strain the drink into the prepared glass over one large ice cube.

  4. Garnish with a mint sprig.