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A fuzzy navel is a mixed drink made from peach schnapps and orange juice. Generally an equal amount of each component is used to concoct it, although quantities may vary. It can also be made with lemonade or a splash of vodka depending on the drinker's taste. By adding 1 or 1½ oz of vodka to the fuzzy navel you have what is called a hairy navel, the more "hair" referring to the increased strength of alcohol in the drink.
The fuzzy navel was one of the first drinks to arise in the new popularity of cocktails and mixed drinks in the 1980s. The drink was invented over 30 years ago by Ray Foley, a well known bartender and founder of Bartender Magazine. The story goes that Ray was cutting an orange for a garnish when fellow friend Jack Doyle made the remark that he could still smell the fuzz of DeKuyper Peachtree Schnapps through the orange juice. Ray looked at the orange and saw the printed word "Navel" for navel orange. Thus the cocktail was born.
A competing claim has its origination in Omaha, Nebraska, at the Wagon Tongue Bar. It was mixed by Jack Sherman, who worked for Phillips & Sons Liquor, who gave it the name "fuzzy navel".
"Fuzzy" in the name refers to the peach, and "navel" to the orange.
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- "Who We Are: Ray Foley and Jaclyn Wilson Foley of BARTENDER Magazine". Bartender Magazine. Retrieved 2013-06-01.
- "Fuzzy Navel". Chow.
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