Fuzzy Navel Recipe: A Peachy Screwdriver Cocktail

Fuzzy Navel cocktail recipe

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  • Total: 3 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 serving
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
74 Calories
0g Fat
17g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1 serving
Amount per serving
Calories 74
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 1mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 17g 6%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Protein 1g
Calcium 17mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

It's sweet, it's fruity, and it's oh-so-easy. One taste of the fuzzy navel and you'll discover why it has long been a favorite for many drinkers. It's one of those fruity vodka highballs that came out of the 1980s and it has not lost a bit of its appeal

The fuzzy navel is incredibly simple. All you have to do is pour a shot of peach schnapps over ice and fill the glass with orange juice. No shaking, no straining, or any fancy bar tricks are required; simply pour and drink. It's a great foundation for a little experimentation as well and we have a few ideas to get you started on that.

The combination of sweetened peach and orange is irresistible, a flavor anyone can fall for. It's a fun retro drink for a throwback party and easy enough for casual summer entertaining. Enjoy it with brunch and serve it in a pitcher if you like or sip it at happy hour. It's a tasty drink no matter the time of day, season, or occasion.

As an extra bonus, the fuzzy navel is also very light on the alcohol. If you want something with a little more oomph, just add vodka and you have a hairy navel.


Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Fuzzy Navel Cocktail ingredients
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  2. Pour the peach schnapps into an highball glass filled with ice cubes.

    Fuzzy Navel cocktail recipe
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  3. Top with orange juice.

    Fuzzy Navel cocktail recipe
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  5. Serve and enjoy!

Fun Fact: The name "fuzzy" refers to the tiny hairs found on a peach. Remember that and you'll always know which liquor to pour into your peachy Screwdriver.

Recipe Variations

This recipe is so simple that it begs to be played with. When you're in the mood for something a bit of different, go ahead and add to the peachy-orange base:

  • Lemonade adds a refreshing twist. Cut the orange juice in half and replace it with fresh-squeezed lemonade to give the average fuzzy navel a little more life.
  • Syrups add a hint of flavor. Consider adding just a dash of your favorite fruit syrup, but don't overdo it or the drink will become too sweet. Raspberry syrup is a perfect place to begin.
  • Go for the "sunrise" effect. Take inspiration from the Tequila Sunrise and add a small amount of grenadine (or another red fruit syrup) to finish off the drink with a fun and sweet visual.
  • Bring in some sparkle. Save a little room in the glass to add a clear soda (ginger ale, lemon-lime, etc.) and enjoy a most refreshing drink. Just remember to pour slowly because the carbonation can react with the acids in the orange juice, so it likes to fizz up fast.

Make it a Frozen Fuzzy Navel: It's very easy to transform simple drinks like the fuzzy navel into a blended, boozy treat. The only change here is that a few slices of fresh peach are tossed into the blender. It's perfect for peach season and, if you like, add a shot of your favorite vodka to give it an extra kick. To make this drink,  place 1 cup ice into a blender with 1 to 2 fresh peaches that are skinned, pitted, and sliced. Use a low setting to chop up the larger chunks. Add 3 ounces peach schnapps and 1 cup (8 ounces) orange juice and blend until smooth. Pour into a cocktail glass and garnish with a peach slice. This smoothie recipe makes enough for two or three drinks.

How Strong Is the Fuzzy Navel?

Overall, the fuzzy navel is a relatively light drink, though its final strength will depend on the proof of your schnapps. You can find higher-proof peach schnapps, but most are a mild 24 percent ABV (48 proof). 

If you were to fill your glass with just 4 ounces of orange juice, then your drink is going to be in the 6 percent ABV (12 proof) range. That's just a bit stronger than many beers, so you can see why this casual sipper has been a favorite for so long. And yet, because of its sweet, fruity taste, it is easy to have one fuzzy too many. Keep that in mind and all will be good.