Fuzzy Navel Cocktail Drink

Fuzzy Navel

This Fuzzy Navel recipe is the perfect solution if you’re in the mood for a fruity, and most of all easy drink! It’s bursting with lively flavors, and you’ll find it a breeze to make.

Fuzzy Navel Recipe

Embrace the warmth with this simple Fuzzy Navel recipe! This delightful cocktail, simply composed of peach schnapps and fresh orange juice, is an absolute must for your spring gatherings.

Prep time:

1 minute

Mixing time:

1 minute

Servings:

1

Calories:

197 kl

Ingredients

  • 2 oz peach Schnapps
  • 4 oz fresh orange juice
  • 1 oz peach Vodka, optional
  • Ice cubes
  • Orange slice and cherry, for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Highball Glass
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Stirrer or Bar Spoon

Instructions

  • Fill your highball glass with ice cubes.
  • Pour 2 oz peach Schnapps over the ice.
  • Measure and pour 4 oz fresh orange juice into the glass.
  • Use a bar spoon to stir the ingredients gently.
  • Place an orange slice and cherry on a cocktail stick and put it on the glass for garnish.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Peach Schnapps: If you don't have peach schnapps, you can substitute any peach liqueur or peach vodka; in that last case, you may want to add a touch of peach vodka as well to make up for the lack of sugar.
  • Orange Juice: Although we highly recommend using freshly squeezed orange juice for this recipe, bottled orange juice can do the trick as well (just make sure to choose a 0 added sugar one). If you're out of orange juice, use grapefruit. It’ll change the flavor profile slightly but still work well with the peach schnapps.

Making a Pitcher of Fuzzy Navel:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher that serves 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. That would be 16 oz of peach schnapps and 32 oz of orange juice.
  • Mix: Combine the peach schnapps and orange juice in a large pitcher. Stir well.
  • Serve: Pour the mixture into ice-filled highball glasses, garnish with an orange slice, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Peach Schnapps Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic peach syrup or peach nectar / juice; these are available and do a reasonable job mimicking peach schnapps' sweet, fruity flavor.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use these non-alcoholic substitutes instead of the regular ingredients, follow the original steps, and enjoy a non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

  • Garnish: Instead of using a cherry for garnish (some maraschino cherries are not vegan), stick with an orange slice or opt for a fresh cherry if available. Garnish apart, this Fuzzy Navel drink is already fully vegan and you can enjoy it as it is!

Nutrition Facts

Calories
197
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
0.2
g
0
%
Saturated Fat
 
0.03
g
0
%
Sodium
 
1
mg
0
%
Carbohydrates
 
25
g
8
%
Fiber
 
0.2
g
1
%
Sugar
 
23
g
26
%
Potassium
 
227
mg
6
%
Protein
 
1
g
2
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
0.1
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
0.04
g
Vitamin A
 
227
IU
5
%
Vitamin C
 
57
mg
69
%
Calcium
 
12
mg
1
%
Iron
 
0.2
mg
1
%

 

Fuzzy Navel Cocktail Drink

Fuzzy Navel Recipe

Gavin Wrigley Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Embrace the warmth with this simple Fuzzy Navel recipe! This delightful cocktail, simply composed of peach schnapps and fresh orange juice, is an absolute must for your spring gatherings.
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 1 minute
Servings: 1
Calories: 197

Ingredients
 

  • 2 oz peach Schnapps
  • 4 oz fresh orange juice
  • 1 oz peach Vodka - optional
  • Ice cubes
  • Orange slice and cherry - for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Highball Glass
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Stirrer or Bar Spoon

Instructions

  • Fill your highball glass with ice cubes.
  • Pour 2 oz peach Schnapps over the ice.
  • Measure and pour 4 oz fresh orange juice into the glass.
  • Use a bar spoon to stir the ingredients gently.
  • Place an orange slice and cherry on a cocktail stick and put it on the glass for garnish.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Peach Schnapps: If you don't have peach schnapps, you can substitute any peach liqueur or peach vodka; in that last case, you may want to add a touch of peach vodka as well to make up for the lack of sugar.
  • Orange Juice: Although we highly recommend using freshly squeezed orange juice for this recipe, bottled orange juice can do the trick as well (just make sure to choose a 0 added sugar one). If you're out of orange juice, use grapefruit. It’ll change the flavor profile slightly but still work well with the peach schnapps.

Making a Pitcher of Fuzzy Navel:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher that serves 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. That would be 16 oz of peach schnapps and 32 oz of orange juice.
  • Mix: Combine the peach schnapps and orange juice in a large pitcher. Stir well.
  • Serve: Pour the mixture into ice-filled highball glasses, garnish with an orange slice, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Peach Schnapps Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic peach syrup or peach nectar / juice; these are available and do a reasonable job mimicking peach schnapps' sweet, fruity flavor.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use these non-alcoholic substitutes instead of the regular ingredients, follow the original steps, and enjoy a non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

  • Garnish: Instead of using a cherry for garnish (some maraschino cherries are not vegan), stick with an orange slice or opt for a fresh cherry if available. Garnish apart, this Fuzzy Navel drink is already fully vegan and you can enjoy it as it is!

What is a Fuzzy Navel?

A Fuzzy Navel is a peach schnapps-based cocktail made of peach schnapps and orange juice. “Fuzzy” refers to the texture of peaches, while “Navel” points towards navel oranges, which are often used for their sweet juice.

A side shot of a Fuzzy Navel cocktail in a low ball glass on a wooden tray surrounded by a bowl with orange slices, a jigger, and a bar spoon.

What is a Fuzzy Navel made of – The ingredients

Get these ingredients together for your Fuzzy Navel:

  • Peach Schnapps: This is the primary flavoring agent in a Fuzzy Navel. It’s a sweet, peach-flavored liqueur that gives the cocktail its distinctive fruity taste.
  • Orange Juice: Used as the main mixer, orange juice adds a tangy citrus note to balance out the sweetness of the Peach Schnapps. It also contributes to the overall refreshing character of the drink.
  • Vodka (optional): While not always included in a traditional Fuzzy Navel, vodka can be added to increase the alcohol content without altering the flavor profile significantly. If you want to give your drink an extra alcoholic kick, you may add 1 oz of vodka to the recipe below,
  • Ice Cubes: These are used to chill the drink and dilute it slightly, making it more palatable and refreshing.
  • Orange Slice and Cherry (for garnish): These are used to enhance the visual appeal of the cocktail. The orange slice reinforces the citrus theme, while the cherry adds a pop of color and an extra sweetness if eaten.

Peach Schnapps, orange juice and an orange laid out on a white bar table

How do you make a Fuzzy Navel?

With our simple instructions, you can learn to create a Fuzzy Navel:

1
<p>Start by filling a highball glass with ice cubes to chill the glass.</p>

Start by filling a highball glass with ice cubes to chill the glass.

2
<p>Pour 2 ounces of peach schnapps into the glass. Peach schnapps is the key ingredient that gives the Fuzzy Navel its distinctive sweet, fruity flavor.</p>

Pour 2 ounces of peach schnapps into the glass. Peach schnapps is the key ingredient that gives the Fuzzy Navel its distinctive sweet, fruity flavor.

3
<p>Follow this with 4 ounces of orange juice. The orange juice should be freshly squeezed to give your Fuzzy Navel a vibrant taste.</p>

Follow this with 4 ounces of orange juice. The orange juice should be freshly squeezed to give your Fuzzy Navel a vibrant taste.

4
<p>Stir the mixture gently with a cocktail stirrer or a long spoon. This will combine the peach schnapps and orange juice while adding a little dilution and cooling the cocktail down.</p>

Stir the mixture gently with a cocktail stirrer or a long spoon. This will combine the peach schnapps and orange juice while adding a little dilution and cooling the cocktail down.

5
<p>Garnish the drink with a slice of orange and/or a cherry. This will add a touch of color and make your Fuzzy Navel look as good as it tastes. Serve immediately, and enjoy!</p>

Garnish the drink with a slice of orange and/or a cherry. This will add a touch of color and make your Fuzzy Navel look as good as it tastes. Serve immediately, and enjoy!

History and Origin of the Fuzzy Navel

The Fuzzy Navel cocktail originated in the United-States in 1984, when DeKuyper’s peach schnapps was released into the American market. Ray Foley, a New Jersey bartender, is commonly credited with creating the drink. His main inspiration was the classic Screwdriver cocktail (made with vodka and fresh orange juice), which was a very popular drink in the 1980’s. This fruitier, sweeter and lighter in alcohol twist on the Screwdriver quickly gained huge popularity and propelled DeKuyper’s Peachtree Schnapps to become one of the country’s best-selling spirits.

Regarding the name, ‘Fuzzy Navel’ is a playful nod to the fuzzy skin of a peach and the navel variety of oranges used in the drink.

A Fuzzy Navel cocktail, shot from above, in a low ball glass on a beige surface surrounded by Peach Schnapps, orange juice and two oranges.

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FAQ

How many calories does a Fuzzy Navel contain?
A standard serving of a serving contains approximately 120 calories. However, this can vary depending on the specific brands of alcohol used and the size of the serving.
What is the strength of a Fuzzy Navel cocktail?
The strength of a Fuzzy Navel cocktail typically ranges from 5-8% ABV (Alcohol by Volume), which translates to 10-16 proof. This depends on the ratio of peach schnapps to orange juice used in the mix.
What type of alcohol is used in a Fuzzy Navel?
A traditional Fuzzy Navel cocktail uses peach schnapps as its primary alcoholic ingredient.
In what type of glass is a Fuzzy Navel served?
Typically, bartenders serve a Fuzzy Navel in a highball glass, allowing plenty of room for ice and a mixer.
What does a Fuzzy Navel taste like?
A Fuzzy Navel has a sweet, fruity flavor profile. The peach schnapps give it a distinct peachy taste, while the orange juice adds a tangy citrus note.
What is the ratio of ingredients in a Fuzzy Navel?
The standard ratio for a Fuzzy Navel is one part peach schnapps to two parts orange juice. Some variations may include vodka (½ part), but the classic recipe sticks to these two ingredients.
How is a Fuzzy Navel served with respect to ice?
A Fuzzy Navel is usually served over ice.
Is there any specific brand of peach schnapps recommended for a Fuzzy Navel?
While there's no hard and fast rule about which brand of peach schnapps to use, DeKuyper and Archers are popular with bartenders due to their high-quality flavor.

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