Fuzzy Navel Recipe: A Peachy Screwdriver Cocktail

Fuzzy Navel Cocktail
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  • 3 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins,
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 serving
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It's sweet, it's fruity, and it's oh-so-easy. One taste of the fuzzy navel and you'll discover why it has long been a favorite for many drinkers. It's one of those fruity vodka highballs that came out of the 1980s and it has not lost a bit of its appeal

The fuzzy navel is incredibly simple. All you have to do is pour a shot of peach schnapps over ice and fill the glass with orange juice. No shaking, no straining, or any fancy bar tricks are required; simply pour and drink. It's a great foundation for a little experimentation as well and we have a few ideas to get you started on that.

The combination of sweetened peach and orange is irresistible, a flavor anyone can fall for. It's a fun retro drink for a throwback party and easy enough for casual summer entertaining. Enjoy it with brunch and serve it in a pitcher if you like or sip it at happy hour. It's a tasty drink no matter the time of day, season, or occasion.

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

What You'll Need

How to Make It

  1. Pour the peach schnapps into an highball glass filled with ice cubes.
  2. Top with orange juice.
  3. Stir well.

Fun Fact: The name "fuzzy" refers to the tiny hairs found on a peach. Remember that and you'll always know which liquor to pour into your peachy Screwdriver.

Enhance Your Fuzzy Navel

This recipe is so simple that it begs to be played with. When you're in the mood for something a bit of different, go ahead and add to the peachy-orange base.

  • Lemonade adds a refreshing twist. Cut the orange juice in half and replace it with fresh-squeezed lemonade to give the average fuzzy navel a little more life.
  • Syrups add a hint of flavor. Consider adding just a dash of your favorite fruit syrup, but don't overdo it or the drink will become too sweet. Raspberry syrup is a perfect place to begin.
  • Go for the "sunrise" effect. Take inspiration from the Tequila Sunrise and add a small amount of grenadine (or another red fruit syrup) to finish off the drink with a fun and sweet visual.
  • Bring in some sparkle. Save a little room in the glass to add a clear soda (ginger ale, lemon-lime, etc.) and enjoy a most refreshing drink. Just remember to pour slowly because the carbonation can react with the acids in the orange juice, so it likes to fizz up fast.

Make it a Frozen Fuzzy Navel 

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

To make this drink,  place 1 cup ice into a blender with 1 to 2 fresh peaches that are skinned, pitted, and sliced. Use a low setting to chop up the larger chunks. Add 3 ounces peach schnapps and 1 cup (8 ounces) orange juice and blend until smooth. 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, though its final strength will depend on the proof of your schnapps.

You can find higher-proof peach schnapps, but most are a mild 24 percent ABV (48 proof). 

If you were to fill your glass with just 4 ounces of orange juice, then your drink is going to be in the 6 percent ABV (12 proof) range. That's just a bit stronger than many beers, so you can see why this casual sipper has been a favorite for so long. And yet, because of its sweet, fruity taste, it is easy to have one fuzzy too many. Keep that in mind and all will be good.