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Fuzzy Navel: Peachy Perfection In A Glass

A relic of the 1980s, the Fuzzy Navel has become a bit of a joke to serious mixologists. But it’s actually a tasty tipple that’s almost too easy to sip. How easy? Follow our easy Fuzzy Navel recipe and find out.

Fuzzy Navel from Above with Fuzzy Background
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The Fuzzy Navel has a silly name and a simple recipe with only two required ingredients.

And, yet, it’s popular with a plethora of people who drink the peachy cocktail with glee. To many of those people, who are generally under 25 years old and of the female persuasion, this drink serves as a cocktail gateway to a road that eventually leads to martinis.

What Is a Fuzzy Navel?

Fuzzy Navel with Fuzzy Background
The Fuzzy Navel ruled the 1980s. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

If you haven’t heard of the Fuzzy Navel cocktail, then you didn’t go to college in the 1980s when the sweet, peachy drink was a fixture at campuses across the nation. Or maybe you did but are now fuzzy on the drink’s details.

In a nutshell (or should we say peach pit?), the Fuzzy Navel is a two-ingredient cocktail made with orange juice and peach schnapps. Ice cubes complete the drink while garnishes add pizzazz.

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Fuzzy Navel from Above with Straw
Could the 2020s be time for the Fuzzy Navel’s second wave? | Image: ©2foodtrippers

While the original Fuzzy Navel recipe included orange juice and peach schnapps in a 1:1 ratio, not every mixologist follows that same formula today.

Some double or triple the amount of orange juice while others add vodka to the mix. However, to be clear, adding vodka transforms the Fuzzy Navel into a Hairy Navel.

Fun Fact
You may be wondering about the Fuzzy’s Navel suggestive, belly button inspired name. To those who really haven’t figured it out yet, the word fuzzy refers to peach fuzz while the word navel describes a type of orange.

History of the Fuzzy Navel

Fuzzy Navel from Above with Blue Background
The Fuzzy Navel’s history isn’t so fuzzy. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

The Fuzzy Navel seems like one of those cocktails that appeared out of nowhere. Au contraire. The drink’s history is the opposite of fuzzy.

Bartender Ray Foley claims credit for its invention in the 1980s. That timing not coincidentally coincides with the introduction of DeKuyper Peachtree Schnapps to the US market in 1984. Within a few years, DeKuyper’s peach liqueur was a top seller. That status later changed when more sophisticated sippers, like the Gimlet and Negroni, became the rage.

Foley later wrote Bartending for Dummies, one of the great cocktail tropes for neophytes. We don’t know if he’s proud of his iconic cocktail invention today but his influence remains strong. After all, millions of sorority girls can’t be wrong.


Fuzzy Navel Ingredients
Our Fuzzy Navel recipe starts with peach schnapps, freshly squeezed orange juice and ice cubes. We garnish it with an orange wheel and maraschino cherries. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

You don’t need a lot of ingredients to craft a Fuzzy Navel at home. We use the following items in our recipe:

  • Peach Schnapps
  • Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice
  • Orange Wheel (for garnish)
  • Maraschino Cherries (for garnish)
  • Ice Cubes
We had forgotten how much we like peach schnapps until we crafted cocktails like the Fuzzy Navel at home. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

While you probably have oranges at home, you may need to buy a bottle of peach schnapps for this recipe. We bought a bottle of DeKuyper Peachtree peach schnapps with a 15% ABV for this and other cocktail recipes. The Dutch liqueur is available in the US and other countries.

How to Craft a Fuzzy Navel Cocktail

Fuzzy Navel Mise en Place
We always organize our ingredients and bar tools before we craft a cocktail. The Fuzzy Navel is no exception to this rule. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

The first step in our recipe is to juice an orange. We use a citrus juicer for this step.

Juicing an Orange
Using freshly squeezed orange juice takes the Fuzzy Navel to the next level.  | Image: ©2foodtrippers

Pro Tip
Your Fuzzy Navel will still taste good if you use store-bought orange juice but it will taste a lot better with the freshly squeezed stuff.

Partially fill a highball glass with ice. You can use any ice cubes for this step.

Placing Ice in Glass for Fuzzy Navel
You don’t need fancy ice cubes to craft a Fuzzy Navel. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

Measure the orange juice and pour it into the ice-filled glass. For this step, we use a Japanese jigger to achieve both accuracy and efficiency.

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Measure the peach schnapps and pour it into the same glass.

Gently stir with a bar spoon.

Stirring Fuzzy Navel
Stirring a Fuzzy Navel is technically optional; however, we choose to blend the peach and orange flavors in our recipe. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

Garnish with an orange wheel and a maraschino cherry or two.

Fuzzy Navel from Above with Straw
We won’t judge you if you skip the garnishes but you have to admit that they look and taste great. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

We like to sip our Fuzzy Navels with a straw. The trick is to not sip them too quickly.


Crafted Fuzzy Navel from Above
The best way to find out if you’re a Fuzzy Navel fan is to craft one at home. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

There are a multitude of Fuzzy Navel alternatives, many with names that make us blush. Here are a few options you may want to try:

  • Alter the 1:1 orange juice / peach schnapps ratio to find your personal Fuzzy Navel sweet spot.
  • Add vodka to craft a Hairy Navel cocktail.
  • Replace the orange juice with cranberry juice and add vodka to craft a Woo Woo cocktail.
  • Replace the peach schnapps with vodka to craft a Screwdriver cocktail.
  • Add cranberry juice and vodka to craft a Sex on the Beach cocktail.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Fuzzy Navel?

The Fuzzy Navel is two-ingredient cocktail crafted with orange juice and peach schnapps.

What does the Fuzzy Navel cocktail taste like?

The Fuzzy Navel tastes sweet and peachy.

Where was the Fuzzy Navel invented?

The Fuzzy Navel cocktail was invented in New Jersey (USA).

Why is it called a Fuzzy Navel?

The word ‘fuzzy’ refers to peach fuzz and the word ‘navel’ refers to oranges.

What are the ingredients in a Fuzzy Navel?

Peach Schnapps, Orange Juice, Lime Juice, Orange wheel (for garnish), Maraschino Cherry (for garnish) and Ice Cubes

Is the Fuzzy Navel shaken or stirred?

The Fuzzy Navel is stirred, not shaken.

Is the Fuzzy Navel strong?

The Fuzzy Navel is not strong. However, it should still be imbibed in moderation to avoid hangovers and other issues.

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Fuzzy Navel Recipe

There's nothing fuzzy about this Fuzzy Navel recipe. However, you may feel fuzzy if you drink too many glasses of the tasty tipple.
Prep Time5 minutes
Total Time5 minutes
Course: Drink
Cuisine: Cocktail
Servings: 1
Calories: 257kcal


  • 3 ounces peach schnapps
  • 3 ounces orange juice (freshly squeezed)
  • maraschino cherries (for garnish)
  • ice cubes
  • orange wheel (garnish)


  • Partially fill a highball glass with ice.
  • Pour orange juice and peach schnapps into the highball glass.
  • Gently stir.
  • Garnish with an orange wheel and a maraschino cherry or two.

Estimated Nutrition

Calories: 257kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 0.2g | Saturated Fat: 0.02g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.03g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.03g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 170mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 170IU | Vitamin C: 43mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 0.2mg
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About the Authors

Daryl and Mindi Hirsch

Saveur Magazine’s BEST TRAVEL BLOG award winners Daryl and Mindi Hirsch share their culinary travel experiences and recipes on the 2foodtrippers website. Since launching the site in 2012, they’ve traveled to over 40 countries in their quest to bring readers a unique taste of the world.


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Original Publication Date: April 13, 2023

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