Fuzzy Navel - Imagine your brunch cocktails with this fun blast from the past!

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Fuzzy Navel - Imagine your brunch cocktails with this fun blast from the past!

If I offered you a round of hairy belly buttons, you might feel like you've returned to the world of '80s bartender culture.

But I invite you to rethink the fuzzy belly button with a simple word: brunch! Because, in essence, the fruit cocktail is just a cousin of the mimosa.

By the mid-1980s, sugary and flavored drinks had become the norm for bar-goers.

Bartender Ray Foley helped DeKuyper launch Peachtree Schnapps into history with the crowd-pleasing fuzzy belly button.

"Fuzzy" refers to the fuzz found on a peach, and "navel" is a reference to the type of orange Foley cut to adorn his creation.

What's in a diffuse belly button?

A fuzzy navel is a highball that consists of only 2 ingredients: orange juice and peach schnapps.

Schnapps (with 2 "p" here compared to the German liqueur eau de vie with 1 "p") is a sweetened liqueur that is usually low in alcohol.

He added flavors that may or may not be made with real fruit, depending on the distiller.

American-style varieties are meant to be mixed with drinks and are very different from European varieties, which are often consumed on their own, sometimes in one gulp, sometimes all at once.

Dekuyper makes one of the most popular bottles of peach schnapps here in the US, and it might as well be what they serve you if you ask.

At home, however, he can also swap his schnapps for a crème de pêche, which infuses real peaches into the liqueur for a richer, less artificial peach flavor.

I like Drillaud and Gabriel Boudier.

Freshly squeezed orange juice makes the best fuzzy belly button. With a two-ingredient cocktail, there is nowhere to hide the more or less ingredients.

If you don't want the extra step (which is fine!), try finding fresh-squeezed bottled juice at your grocery store.

Not only will the flavor be fresher in the glass, but it won't have that thick, concentrated consistency that packaged orange juice sometimes has. If not, boxed OJ works too.

An Easy Variation

If you're looking to add a little more punch to the drink, you can substitute vodka for half the peach schnapps and get the even less appealing name "hairy belly button."

The '80s were indeed a strange time for drink names.

How to Pack a Fuzzy Belly Button

Let's go back to brunch, the best excuse to make cocktail pitchers! If you're wondering if a fuzzy navel can be served pitcher-style for a buffet or large party, the answer is absolute.

Simply multiply the serving size needed by the ingredients below (for example, if you want to serve 2 drinks for 6 guests, for a total of 12 drinks, you'll need 48 ounces of orange juice and 24 ounces of peach schnapps).

Let guests fill their own glasses and serve orange slices as a garnish.


  • 4 ounces of freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 2 ounces peach schnapps (or fish cream liqueur like Gabriel Boudier)
  • 1 slice of orange, to decorate


Gather the ingredients:

In a tall glass 2/3 filled with ice, pour the orange juice and peach schnapps. Stir gently to combine.

Decorate and serve:

Garnish with the orange slice and serve.

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