The Hairy Navel is the drink you're looking for if you want a Fuzzy Navel with vodka. It has the same wonderful flavor combination of orange and peach, it's just a little stronger.
Not only is this fruity highball great for happy hour, it makes an inviting brunch cocktail as well. The fruit flavor pairs well with most light foods and it is a delight to drink during or after a meal.
There is no need to use the best vodka on the market to create a Hairy Navel. Drinks like this are the perfect opportunity to save a little money and poor one of the good, cheap vodkas available.
- Pour the vodka and peach schnapps into an highball glass filled with ice cubes.
- Top with orange juice.
- Stir well.
3 Ways to Improve the Hairy Navel
Choose a flavored vodka. A clear vodka will not affect the cocktail's flavor much, so this will taste almost exactly like a Fuzzy Navel. That's great, but you can add a nice punch of flavor by choosing a flavored vodka instead.
There are some interesting flavor combinations to be found if you pour an infused vodka.
Consider complementary fruit flavors such as apple, pear, or pomegranate. A whipped cream or cake vodka will give the drink a cream soda type of taste, which is also a lot of fun as well.
Use fresh orange juice. The majority of the Hairy Navel is orange juice so it only makes sense to use fresh-squeezed juice.
The average orange yields about 1/4 cup of juice, which is about 8 ounces. That should be more than enough to fill your highball glass. Depending on the size of your glass, how much ice you use, and the amount of liquor you pour, it may even be good for two drinks.
Add fresh lemonade or soda. Mixed drinks like the Hairy Navel can use a little kick at times. It's easy to make it just a little more refreshing by adding soda or lemonade.
Any of the clear sodas will bring a nice sparkle to the Hairy Navel. Choose a club soda, ginger ale, or lemon-lime soda. When doing so, cut the juice a little and top it off with the soda.
As an alternative, you might find that a hot summer afternoon calls for some fresh lemonade. If you're mixing up some for the kids, go ahead and add a couple ounces to your Hairy Navel. It's there, so why not?
Turn the Hairy Navel Into a Punch
A simple and light cocktail like this is the perfect candidate for a punch. From a pitcher for a few friends to a large batch for an entire party, the Hairy Navel is sure to please a crowd of any size. Better yet, you can make it up long before the party.
To transform the recipe into a punch, simply keep the liquors equal then fill the punch bowl or pitcher with orange juice.
The soda option is a great idea here as well because we all know that a sparkling punch is better than a still one. Start out with equal parts juice and soda and adjust it to taste. Add some slices of citrus fruit and a good amount of ice and you're ready to serve.
How Strong is the Hairy Navel?
Even though there's vodka in it, the Hairy Navel is still a pretty tame drink. With a 48-proof schnapps like Peachtree, an 80-proof vodka, and about 4 ounces of juice, we can estimate that this mixed drink is only about 9 percent ABV (18 proof).