We all know that many of the most classic cocktails were made before, during, or right after the Prohibition. However, it’s important to point out that during the 1980s, there was a resurgence of people trying to create the new dynamic party drink. This drink was actually a creation of Ray Foley, a well-known bartender who went on to found the well-respected Bartender magazine.
The story is quite interesting: a customer pointed out that he could smell the “fuzz” of peach schnapps through the orange juice, and Ray saw the word “navel” as a label on the navel orange that he was cutting. Just like that, the “fuzzy navel” became the name for this combination of peach and orange. The “fuzz” refers to the peach, while the “navel” refers to the orange, naturally.
- 1.5 ounce of peach schnapps
- 4 ounces of orange juice
- Pour the peach schnapps into a highball glass with ice cubes.
- Top with orange juice.
- Stir well.
- Highball glass
The beauty of the fuzzy navel is that it doesn’t require any fancy bartender drinks, or really any equipment other than some glasses and an urge to drink a tasty cocktail. It is extremely rare that a cocktail doesn’t even require any shaking, straining, or stirring, but that is part of the appeal of the Fuzzy Navel, as it is ridiculously easy to make and takes very little time to prepare.
It is a great way to provide unannounced or unexpected guests with a quick great-tasting cocktail, without needing any equipment, but simply pouring a drink using some ingredients, ice, and glasses.
Of course, for those who want a little more “bite” in their cocktail – feel free to add vodka, and essentially transform the Fuzzy Navel into a peachy screwdriver, better known as a Hairy Navel, as “hair” refers to the vodka. One great thing about the fuzzy navel is that it provides a solid foundation to add whatever additions you might want – tequila if you are feeling a little adventurous, soda if you prefer a little sparkle in your cocktail, or even something to make it even tastier, such as lemonade, or a syrup you enjoy.
The bottom line is that the fuzzy navel is the perfect light great-tasting cocktail to drink or make when you don’t want to do much work in terms of preparation, and feel like something that’s fruity and casual. Enjoy a Fuzzy Navel today!