Orange You Glad The Fuzzy Navel Is Peachy Keen?
The Fuzzy Navel cocktail blends the two fruit flavors from peach schnapps and orange juice together into a simple drink. Not quite as boozy as its breakfast brunch brethren, the Screwdriver, which mixes vodka and oj. However, things do get hairy when you combine both of these two drinks as listed below.
Navel History Is A Bit Fuzzy
The name is a word play on peach fuzz and orange navels although some say it suggests something a bit sexier. The history of this cocktail dates back to its heyday in the 1980s, however the origin is in dispute as a couple of cocktail creators* are claiming credit for this combination of fuzzy peaches and navel oranges.
Behind The Bar - How To Mix A Fuzzy Navel Cocktail At Home
Fuzzy Navel Cocktail Drink Recipe:
- 3 oz peach flavored schnapps
- 3 oz orange juice
Pour the schnapps into a highball or Collins glass with ice. Use your citrus juicer to fresh squeeze enough oranges to top off your drink(s). Garnish with a wedge or slice of fruit and an optional cherry.
At The Movies
Prince Charming Walks Into A Bar In Shrek The Third
The navel is more novel than marvel, but great for a movie trivia tipple or a 1980s themed party recipe. Like totally.
In this scence from the animated movie Shrek The Third, Prince Charming rides his horse up to the Poison Apple Inn, a tavern named after the blood red fruit in the fairy tale Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and operated by Cinderella’s ugly stepsisters Doris and Mabel, to ask the villians who hang out there for help invading Far Far Away so they can get to Happily Ever After.
When he enters he hears the lounge singer Wicked Witch, along with piano player Captain Hook accompanying, singing a song with the words, “Hey Lady, you lady, cursing at your laugh. You’re a discontented mother…”
Villians are drinking beer from glass mugs at the bar where a candle light dimly shines on several shot glasses and two other mugs nearby, one a wooden cup with a metal handle and spiked rims, and the other appears to be pewter. Someone is riding a mechanical bucking rodeo bull in another area as his royal highness walks up to bar.
Prince Charming: What does a prince have to do to get a drink around here? [Mabel turns around from behind the bar and sets an armfull of glasses on the counter.] Ah, Mabel. Why they call you an ugly stepsister I’ll never know. Where’s Doris, taking the night off?
Mabel: She’s not welcome here and neither are you. [She horks up a loogie into one of the glasses and proceeds to spit shine and polish clean the barware.] What do you want Charming?
Prince Charming: Oh, not much. Just a chance at redemption … and a Fuzzy Navel. [Laughs, then gets down from his bar stool, turns around and shouts.] And Fuzzy Navels for all my friends! [Crowd, gets angry, breaks glasses, busts pool cue, etc.]
Captain Hook: We’re not your friends. [After slamming down his hooked hand on the piano keys.]
The rest of the video shows Charming calming down the crowd with his Happily Ever After speech and ends with the Prince taking a sip of his Fuzzy Navel.
Similar Peach Schnapps Drinks & Fuzzy Navel Cocktail Variations
- Fuzzy Pucker - replaces the sweeter orange juice with the more sour grapefruit juice instead.
- Hairy Navel - grows some hair on your fuzz by adding vodka for a stiffer drink.
- Sex On The Beach - pairs a Fuzzy Navel with a Cape Cod; or just add cranberry juice to a hairy navel.
- Woo Woo - vodka, peach schnapps and cranberry juice.
* - Ray Foley, the author of Bartending for Dummies and founder of Bartender Magazine, lists the Fuzzy Navel, Water Lilly, Envy and 16 others on his site as just a few of the drinks he’s responsible for naming or creating over the course of his career. The counterclaim credits Jack Sherman for inventing the drink in Omaha, Nebraska, at the Wagon Tongue Bar, while working as a distributor for Phillips & Sons Liquor.