A latecomer to the dubious pantheon of liqueurs, peach schnapps is blended with orange juice to create the Fuzzy Navel. No one has laid claim to originating the Fuzzy Navel, which, considering its many detractors, is a darned good thing. It was one of the first of the 1980s new wave of mixed drinks, a craze for drinks lambasted 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.”
The fuzzy in the drink name references the peach, and the navel refers to the orange. The drink spawned such other cutesy innuendos as the Woo Woo. One suspects that after too many of those you would need to retire to the tinkle-dinkle-ha-ha room for relief.
If simplicity is your game, you will score well with the Fuzzy Navel. These sneaky little devils also creep up on the drinker, giving fuzzy a further connotation. Using grapefruit juice will produce a Fuzzy Pucker. Don’t go there.
- 1Pour the schnapps and orange juice over ice in a chilled highball glass. Garnish with your fruit of choice.
Woo Woo: Substitute cranberry juice for the orange juice.