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. The addition of another 1 or 1½ oz of vodka to the fuzzy navel creates a "hairy navel", the more "hair" referring to the increased strength of alcohol in the drink. A Hairy Navel recipe is as follows: 1 part vodka, 1 part peach schnapps, 4 parts orange juice.
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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 a man nearby made the remark that he could still smell the fuzz of the peach schnapps through the orange juice. Ray looked at the orange and saw the printed word "Navel" for navel orange. Thus the cocktail was born. This is not entirely true. Based on interviews with Doug Schuster of Dublin, Ohio HE was the true creator of the Fuzzy Navel. Mr. Foley was the bartender at the National Distributors bar in New York at that time. Mr. Schuster employer took a bottle of Dek. Peachtree in and asked him to make a Fuzzy Navel to taste what Mr. Schuster created for the NABCA convention in Miami. It is unfortunate Mr. Schuster never received credit for his invention.
"Fuzzy" in the name refers to the peach, and "navel" to the orange.
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