The Fuzzy Navel, also known as a peachy screwdriver, is a cocktail which is very easy to prepare owing to the use of minimal elements. Fuzzy navel is a delightful concoction of vodka and orange juice. The combination might seem rather bland and boring but there are many elements that really set it apart. This sweet and fruity cocktail has been a favourite of many cocktail lovers since its debut in the 1980s. The credit goes to the distilled grain spirit called peach schnapps which was mixed with orange juice and a few cubes of ice. In America, it is widely believed that the 1980's was an era of fun and exciting experiments especially when it came to cocktails. The Fuzzy Navel was quite popular during that era due to its unique medley of sweet and sour flavour which was something novel. The name of the drink is as fancy as its ingredients- ‘Fuzzy’ referring to ‘peach schnapps' and the ‘Navel’ to the ‘orange’.

It is believed that the cocktail was created in 1984, right after the very first peach flavor schnapps sold by the National Distillers, who launched DeKuyper Original Peachtree in the United States. Some believe that the cocktail was created by the company itself to promote their drink, while others are firm in their belief that it was created by a New Jersey bartender named Ray Foley. According to the legends, the bartender got his hands on the peach schnapps, and mixed equal parts of peach schnapps and orange juice together, creating a delicious fruity highball that packed no less of a punch than the conventional Screwdriver (vodka and orange juice).

The real flavours of the beverage lie in the use of freshly squeezed orange juice which gives the liquor a richer, and more citrusy taste. In your next brunch gathering, do try to make this cocktail to be the star of the spread.

Ingredients:

  • 4 ounces peach schnapps
  • 4 ounces orange juice, freshly squeezed

Preparations:

1. Add the peach schnapps and orange juice into a highball glass or any glass over ice, and stir briefly to combine. Do not over stir the concoction.

2. If you like you can garnish it with an orange wedge.