A vodka based variant of the Fuzzy Navel, the Hairy Navel is yet another version of the oh-so-well-known combination of vodka, peach schnapps and orange juice that we’ve all come to realise is a good percentage of modern drinks. This particular combination is served long and often with ice, although it really just depends on your preference – personally I dislike ice as it gradually waters down the flavour of the drink and if woe betide you if you forget to stir!
So, based on the contents alone it’s a given to assume that the Hairy Navel would be pleasant (which it is) and very drinkable (which, again, it is) – but is it memorable?
It’s inoffensive but doesn’t have the ‘wow’ factor you look for in a truly special cocktail, the bit of something extra that lingers in your mind long after the glass is emptied. It’s light, fruity and forgettable – frankly the best case scenario for it is to be used either as a punch when entertaining a large number of guests due to it’s simplicity and limited ingredient list, or as an easy-going drink to start with if you’re in for a heavy night of imbibing.
To summarise, if you’re offered it don’t turn it down, but don’t feel the need to go out of your way to make one.
Just casually re-purposing beer glasses, don’t mind me.
♦ 2 ounces peach schnapps
♦ 1 ounce vodka
♦ 4 ounces orange juice
Shake the ingredients together and strain into a highball glass, either with or without ice.