Fuzzy Navel Cocktail Recipe

Fuzzy Navel Cocktail

As far as cocktails are concerned, the classic fuzzy navel cocktail is one of the easiest drinks you can possibly make. Not only is the recipe very simple (the basic navel cocktail contains only two ingredients), but the drink itself “goes down easily” and smoothly. Its sweet and sweet taste is something everyone can enjoy, right – even people who don’t usually enjoy cocktails.

If you’re ready to expand your cocktail repertoire, take orange juice and peach schnaps and start mixing!

So, what is so special about the fuzzy navel cocktail?

It’s sweet, it’s fruity, and it’s so simple. A single sip of the fuzzy navel and you will discover why it has long been a favorite for many drinkers . It’s one of those fruity vodka highball cocktails that came out of the ‘ 80s and it hasn’t lost a bit of its appeal.

The fuzzy navel is incredibly simple to make. All you have to do is pour a little peach schnapps on the ice and fill the glass with orange juice. No fuss, no extra effort or fancy bar spins are required; just pour and drink. It is also an excellent basis for a little experimentation and we have some ideas to help you start.

The combination of sweet peach and orange is irresistible, a flavor to which everyone can fall. It’s a fun retro drink for a homecoming party and easy enough to entertain you in the summer . Enjoy it with a brunch and serve it in a pitcher if you like or if you enjoy it at happy hour. It’s a tasty drink no matter the time of day, the season or the occasion.

As an additional bonus, the fuzzy navel is also very light on alcohol . If you want something with a little more punch, just add vodka and you have a hairy navel cocktail.

What’s in a fuzzy navel cocktail

Well, essentially it contains just 3 ingredients: peach schnapps, orange juice and ice

Ingredients

Basic Fuzzy Navel Recipe

  • 2 liquid ounces of peach schnapps
  • Orange juice
  • Ice

Variations in the blurred navel

Add these ingredients as you like for fresh spin offs on the classic drink.

  • 2 fl. oz. vodka without flavor – ” hairy Navel”
  • 2 fl. oz. Vodka 100 or 150 – “Piercing Navel”
  • 2 fl. oz. Black rum – ” Tan Navel”
  • 2 fl. oz. amaretto – “Innie”
  • Cranberry juice  – ” Outie”
  • 2 fl. oz. citrus-flavoured vodka – ” Outie”

Method One (simple and short)

  1. Pour the Peach schnaps into a whiskey glass filled with ice.
  2. Garnish with orange juice.
  3. Stir well.

Make a basic Fuzzy navel (detailed method)

  1.  Fill a highball glass with ice. This simple cocktail recipe requires only a few steps! The first thing you’ll need is the ice.Most fuzzy navel recipes use a large, lean highball glass by tradition. If you don’t have one, you can use anything from a single cup to a plastic cup. It doesn’t matter.
  2. Pour 2 fl. oz. Peach schnapps. Peach Schnapps is a light and sweet liqueur that, as its name suggests, has the flavor of peaches. It can usually be found for cheap in liquor shops and in the aisle of food stores. For reference, most standard liqueur glasses contain about 1 1/2 fl. oz. Some large shot glasses contain 2 fl. oz. with a measuring line to 1 1/2 fl. oz.
  3.  Fill the rest of the glass with the orange juice. Now, just pour orange juice on the ice until the glass is full. Congratulations! You just made your first fuzzy navel cocktail.
  4. Alternatively, shake the ingredients with ice and then pour. Don’t you like ice cream in your drink? If you have a shaker, simply add the ice, schnapps and orange juice and stir to mix well. Pour the liquid into the glass – it will be cold, but you will not feel the ice.
  5. If necessary, you can also mix the ingredients in another glass and pour them into a colander to remove the ice.

Method two

Make more variations of the fuzzy navel cocktail

See “ingredients” above for Suggested Actions.

1. Add vodka for a velvety fuzzy navel. Are you looking for something a little more “intense” than the softness of a furry navel? Try adding one or two shots of vodka. Peach schnapps and orange juice do a good job of disguising the taste of alcohol, so be sure to count your drinks!
Note that this drink is essentially a screwdriver (vodka and orange juice) with peach schnaps.

2. Add high strength vodka for a more intense fuzzy Piercing navel. For an even stronger effect on the classic navel, use alcohol with a serious kick. Vodka at 100 or even 150 proof can give a fuzzy navel the strength of many ordinary cocktails, so drink responsibly!
For reference, the percentage of alcohol in a liqueur is half its number of proofs. In other words, 100-proof vodka is 50% alcohol.

3.  Add the black rum for a tan navel. Vodka is not the only type of “hard A” that you can use to give a bigger kick to the fuzzy navels. The rum flavour derived from sugarcane is well suited to the sweet flavours of schnapps and orange juice. The dark rum even gives a beige navel a slightly darker golden orange color that matches its name!

4. Add amaretto for an Innie. The sweet almond flavor of the amaretto is a good complement to the Peach schnaps. Try to add a shot of this liqueur to your fuzzy navels for a smoother but more complex flavor.
You can also try to add a marasquin cherry, which has a very similar almond taste.

5. Replace cranberry juice and citrus outie vodka. This unusual variation transforms the basic recipe of the fuzzy navel “upside down”. Here you use cranberry juice instead of orange juice and add one or two shots of citrus flavored vodka. The resulting drink has a very distinct flavor from the “normal” navel, but nevertheless contains hints of the original combination of orange and peach.
Citrus vodka aromas include orange, lemon, lime and grapefruit. Orange will have the best taste like an ordinary navel, but everything works well.

6. Make your own recipe! There are no rules on how to fuzz a navel cocktail “the right way”.

If you try something new and end up enjoying it, give it a name and write your recipe for future use. Below we have provided some examples of things to add (as well as some fun names to follow).

  • Lemon juice – ” Sour Navel”
  • Cream – “Navel Pale”
  • Grenadine – “Sunburnt Navel”
  • Blue Curaçao – “Seasick Navel”
  • Champagne – ” sparkling navel”
  • Bourbon – “Navel Caramel”

 

Fun fact: the name “fuzzy” refers to the tiny hairs found on a peach. Remember this and you will always know which liqueur to pour into your peachy screwdriver.

Improve your blurry navel

This recipe is so simple that it requires to be played with. When you want something a little different, go ahead and add to the Peach-orange base.

Lemonade adds a refreshing touch. Cut the orange juice in half and replace with freshly pressed lemonade to give a little more life to the normal fuzzy navel.

Syrups add a touch of flavor. Consider adding just a little bit of your favorite fruit syrup, but don’t overdo it or the drink will become too sweet. Raspberry syrup is a perfect place to start.

Choose the “sunrise” effect . Take inspiration from the Tequila Sunrise and add a small amount of grenadine (or another red fruit syrup) to finish the drink with a fun and sweet visual.

Bring some shine. Keep some free room in the glass to add a light soda (ginger soda, lemon lime, etc.) and enjoy a refreshing drink. Remember to pour slowly as carbonation can react with acids in orange juice, so make sure to cool it off quickly.

Make a frozen fuzzy navel.

It’s very easy to turn simple drinks like the fuzzy navel into a mixed boozy treat. The only change here is that a few slices of fresh peach are thrown into the blender. It is perfect for the peach season and, if you wish, add a shot of your favorite vodka to give it an extra kick.

  1. To make this drink, Place 1 cup of ice in a blender with 1 to 2 fresh peaches that are skinned, pitted and sliced. Use a low setting to chop the larger pieces.
  2. Add 3 oz peach schnapps and 1 cup (8 oz) of orange juice and mix until smooth.
  3. Pour into a cocktail glass and garnish with a peach slice.

This smoothie recipe makes enough for two or three drinks.

How strong is the fuzzy navel?

Overall, the Fuzzy Navel is a relatively light drink, but its ultimate strength will depend on the quantity  of schnapps you add.

You can find Peach schnapps to be quite strong, but most are a slight ABV of 24 percent (48 proofs).

If you fill your glass with only 4 ounces of orange juice, your drink will be in the range of 6 percent ABV (12 proof) . It’s just a little stronger than a most of the beers, so you can see why this casual cocktail drink has been a favorite for so long. And yet, because of its sweet and fruity taste, it is easy to have too much of it. Keep that in mind and you’ll be fine.

Nutritional info (per serving)

  • Calories 74
  • Total fat 0 g
  • Saturated fat 0 g
  • Unsaturated fat 0 g
  • Cholesterol 0 mg
  • Sodium 1 mg
  • Carbohydrates 17 g
  • Dietary fiber 1 g
  • Protein 1 g

 

(The nutritional information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.) Individual results may vary.)

fuzzy navel cocktail recipe
 
Ingredients
  • 2 liquid ounces of peach schnapps
  • Orange juice
  • Ice
Instructions
  1. Pour the Peach schnaps into a whiskey glass filled with ice.
  2. Garnish with orange juice.
  3. Stir well.
  4. Make a basic Fuzzy navel (detailed method)
  5. Fill a highball glass with ice. This simple cocktail recipe requires only a few steps! The first thing you'll need is the ice.Most fuzzy navel recipes use a large, lean highball glass by tradition. If you don't have one, you can use anything from a single cup to a plastic cup. It doesn't matter.
  6. Pour 2 fl. oz. Peach schnapps. Peach Schnapps is a light and sweet liqueur that, as its name suggests, has the flavor of peaches. It can usually be found for cheap in liquor shops and in the aisle of food stores. For reference, most standard liqueur glasses contain about 1½ fl. oz. Some large shot glasses contain 2 fl. oz. with a measuring line to 1½ fl. oz.
  7. Fill the rest of the glass with the orange juice. Now, just pour orange juice on the ice until the glass is full. Congratulations! You just made your first fuzzy navel cocktail.
  8. Alternatively, shake the ingredients with ice and then pour. Don't you like ice cream in your drink? If you have a shaker, simply add the ice, schnapps and orange juice and stir to mix well. Pour the liquid into the glass - it will be cold, but you will not feel the ice.
  9. If necessary, you can also mix the ingredients in another glass and pour them into a colander to remove the ice.

 

Enjoy in moderation and have fun!

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