Fuzzy navel

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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[1] 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. DeKuyper's Fuzzy Navel recipe is as follows: 1 part Pinnacle vodka, 1 part DeKuyper Peachtree Schnapps, 4 parts orange juice.[2]


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.[3] 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.[citation needed]

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".[citation needed]

This fashion was described by New York Times critic William Grimes as "a kind of cult, rallying points for young drinkers in search of fun and not too picky about taste".[citation needed]

"Fuzzy" in the name refers to the peach, and "navel" to the orange.

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  1. ^ "Fuzzy Navel". The Webtender. May 12, 2015.
  2. ^ "Vodka Mixed Drinks: Fuzzy Navel Recipe". Retrieved January 2, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Who We Are: Ray Foley and Jaclyn Wilson Foley of BARTENDER Magazine". Bartender Magazine. Retrieved 2013-06-01. 

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