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!
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!
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.
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.
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)
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.
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