Have you ever heard of the Nigerian Chapman? The Chapman for all intents and purposes, is Nigeria’s own signature cocktail. I don’t know of anywhere else in the world where you can find this, but if you do, please comment. Really easy to make, almost always featured at Nigerian parties, and one drink that keeps our foreign friends and visitors guessing. It really has unique flavour, and when I first arrived it was one of the things I remember drinking when I was younger that I craved on my return. After sampling several recipes at local bars and restaurants, it dawned on me to find out the ingredients and make my own version. After probing a number of local waiters and bar tenders, I figured it out. I’m off refined sugars now so I cannot indulge anymore, but below is my old recipe.
For those who were that chapman is alcohol-free, it isn’t totally. Angostura bitters, a key ingredient, does contain some alcohol – 44.7%. Sorry if you thought this was totally a non-alcoholic beverage. It’s not! But for those who don’t mind the alcohol content, I do hear that adding a splash of the liqueur – Campari – is really the secret behind this unique cocktail.
This is almost like Nigeria’s very own sangria. Feel free to add fresh mint leaves to your drink as well. And yes, cucumber is key for this one. IMHO.
4 tablespoons of Blackcurrant cordial (e.g., Ribena)
350ml Fanta, (chilled)
350 ml Sprite (chilled)
3 tsp Angostura Bitters
1 tsp orange, lemon, and lime juice
Slices of cucumber, oranges, lemons, limes (to garnish) and fresh mint leaves (optional)
1/4 cup of vodka or Campari liqueur (optional)
- In a pitcher add the ice cubes
- Pour in the Fanta and Sprite
- Add in the blackcurrant cordial, Angostura Bitters, orange, lemon and lime juice
- Add in the vodka (optional), add garnish and mix
- Garnish serving glasses and serve