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Best Fuzzy Navel Recipe (Classic Cocktail)

The fuzzy navel is a classic 80s cocktail full of fruity flavor.

With peach schnapps and a citrusy finish, it’s a refreshing drink that isn’t over the top. If you don’t enjoy a strong alcohol taste, this one’s for you!

Refreshing Fuzzy Navel Cocktail Garnished With Slice of Peach
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Despite most things from the 80s, the flavors of this cocktail are subtle. It isn’t overly sweet or sour and doesn’t overdo it on the booze.

So, let’s take a quick look at how to whip up a fuzzy navel for your next summer block party.

What Is a Fuzzy Navel?

The name is strange, I know. But did you know it has nothing to do with belly buttons?

The word fuzzy references the fuzz from a peach, and navel references the type of orange.

When you hear the name fuzzy navel, think ‘peachy orange’ because that’s exactly what’s in this cocktail.

A classic fuzzy navel combines three simple ingredients: peach schnapps, orange juice, and an orange wheel.

The orange juice overpowers the peach schnapps, so this drink goes down easy.

If you don’t like alcohol-forward cocktails, the fuzzy navel is a must-try!

Two Glasses of Cold Fuzzy Navel Cocktail

Ingredients

What I love most about this cocktail is the ingredients list is super short.

Here’s a quick rundown of what you need.

  • Ice – The fuzzy navel is best chilled. If the ice melts before you reach the bottom of the glass, that’s okay! The flavors are strong enough to withstand a little dilution.
  • Peach Schnapps – Peach schnapps has a lower alcohol content (around 15% and 20% ABV). Most brands are incredibly sweet, with notes of sorbet, vanilla, and (of course) peaches.
  • Orange Juice – Store-bought orange juice works in a pinch, but freshly squeezed delivers the best flavor. Since this cocktail is so straightforward, it’s best to take the extra time for the freshest ingredients.
  • Orange Wheel (optional) – Adding an orange wheel as a garnish is completely optional. While this cocktail tastes just as good without it, a fresh orange adds a certain something extra. Plus, it looks so pretty and adds an extra punch of citrusy flavors.
Fuzzy Navel Garnished With Slice of Peach

How to Make a Fuzzy Navel

The fuzzy navel is a no-fuss cocktail. You won’t believe how easily it comes together.

1. Add ice. Fill a glass of choice (like a highball glass) with ice to the top.

2. Pour in the mixers and liquor. Add the orange juice and peach schnapps and gently stir to combine.

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3. Garnish. Add a fresh orange wheel on top, serve, and enjoy!

How to Make a Pitcher of Fuzzy Navel

While this recipe makes a single serving, whipping up a pitcher is just as easy. I mean, what better way to get the party started than with a pitcher of fuzzy navels?

Here’s a quick ratio to transform a single serving into a pitcher that serves eight.

  • Two cups peach schnapps
  • Four cups of orange juice
  • A handful of ice
  • Orange wheels on the side (for garnish)

Easy peasy!

Two Glasses of Cold and Refreshing Fuzzy Navel Cocktail

Tips and Variations

The fuzzy navel is the perfect party cocktail, so there’s no need to get all fancy. However, if you want to dial up the flavor, follow these quick tips and variations.

  • Ditch the added sugar. Peach schnapps adds the perfect kiss of sweetness. When using store-bought orange juice, also reach for a brand with no sugar added. If you don’t, your cocktail will be overly sweet. Or, just use fresh squeezed orange juice.
  • Use clear ice. Fancy ice cubes make this cocktail look like it came straight from a fancy bar! To make artisan clear ice at home, freeze boiling distilled water in ice cube trays, and freeze them slowly.
  • Make it more boozy. Peach schnapps are very sugary and low in alcohol. To make this drink even more boozy, cut the sweetness from the schnapps with your favorite brand of vodka.
  • Make a hairy navel. If you think fuzzy navel is a strange name, let me introduce you to the hairy navel. It subs peach schnapps with vodka for a boozy kick. A lot of good things came out of the 80s, but naming cocktails was not one of them.
  • Try a fuzzy navel mocktail. Looking for a booze-free version of this classic? It’s super easy. Swap out peach schnapps with peach nectar. It delivers the perfect peach vibe without the alcohol.

Best Fuzzy Navel Recipe (Classic Cocktail)

Servings

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serving

The fuzzy navel is a delightful blend of peach schnapps and orange juice. Whip one up today for a refreshing treat!

Ingredients

  • Ice

  • 3 ounces peach schnapps

  • 3 ounces orange juice

  • Orange wheel, for garnish (optional)

Instructions

  • Fill a highball glass with ice. Pour the peach schnapps and orange juice and stir to combine.
  • Garnish with an orange wheel.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Notes

  • Go for fresh OJ. While store-bought orange juice works, freshly squeezed offers a burst of authentic flavor.
  • A lemony twist. Try replacing half the orange juice with fresh lemonade. It adds a tangy touch that infuses extra zest into your drink.
  • Variation Suggestions:

    Fuzzy Navel Sunrise. Drizzle grenadine down the side of the glass for added sweetness and that beautiful gradient effect.
    Club soda. Fancy a bubbly twist? Top off with a clear soda like ginger ale or lemon-lime. Pour cautiously, as the fizz can bubble up quickly.
    Mocktail. For a booze-free delight, switch out the schnapps for peach nectar. It keeps the peachy charm without the kick.
Fuzzy Navel

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Hey there! I'm Kim. I love running, cooking, and curling up with a good book! I share recipes for people who LOVE good food, but want to keep things simple :)

2 thoughts on “Best Fuzzy Navel Recipe (Classic Cocktail)”

  1. This Best Fuzzy Navel Recipe celebrates the classic 80s cocktail with a delightful blend of peach schnapps and orange juice. The article offers an easy-to-follow recipe, playful insights into the cocktail’s name, and creative variations. With simple ingredients and helpful tips, it’s a perfect choice for a refreshing and subtly sweet drink, making it accessible to both novice and experienced mixologists. Whether you’re a fan of 80s nostalgia or just looking for a light and fruity beverage, this recipe is a must-try. Cheers to the carefree spirit of the classic fuzzy navel!

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