Nigeria’s Favorite Mocktail: Chapman Drink
The first time I had a Chapman drink, I must have been about 10 years old, and it was at a place called Ikoyi Club in Lagos, Nigeria. Ikoyi club was somewhat of a country club back in the day, and it was the fun spot for me and my sisters to hang out and participate in a bunch of fun activities. Back then, we would always order food and drinks, and while we kids got to have the soda of our choice, my parents always ordered Chapman.
Since my parents ordered the Chapman, I assumed it was an adult drink until one day I asked to try my mom’s drink and she let me. From that time on, every time we went back to Ikoyi club, I would always order a Chapman with any meal I was having. For the longest time, my childish mind assumed that Chapman was a drink from a bottle that was just poured into a dimpled glass mug before it was served, especially because sometimes it was referred to as Fanta Chapman (actually, I recall a brand of Fanta Chapman that was quite the hit in Nigeria back in the day). I found out years later though that Chapman is a mixed drink, and since I am able to make mine at home, I have been liberated from searching high and low for a bottle of this glorious nectar .
My recipe is a bit unlike traditional Chapman drink recipes. I used more natural alternatives to what is typically used, and the drink tasted just as good.
Chapman drink is typically made with grenadine syrup or a black currant drink concentrate (usually Ribena), orange soda (usually Fanta), lemon-lime soda (usually Sprite or 7-Up), angostura bitters, and is garnished with citrus fruits and cucumber slices. My version of Chapman uses some natural alternatives to these drinks, but it is by no means a low calorie substitute… it just has less chemicals and not artificial coloring.
Unfortunately, all the grenadine syrups that I had access to had high fructose corn syrup in it, so I opted for the blackcurrant drink concentrate. I substituted the orange soda for sparkling orange juice, and instead of the lemon-lime soda, I used sparkling lemonade and limeade. The angostura bitters, citrus fruits and cucumber slices remained the same.
I will include my recipe, but the simple ratio to make this drink according to your serving size is:
2 parts sparkling orange juice
2 parts sparkling lemonade
2 parts sparkling limeade
1/2 part blackcurrant drink concentrate
A couple of dashes of angostura bitters
A couple slices of citrus fruits of your choice, and cucumber slices.
This drink is best served chilled over ice
- 1 liter chilled sparkling orange juice
- 1 liter chilled sparkling lemonade
- 1 liter chilled sparkling limeade
- 0.25 liter chilled black currant juice concentrate (Ribena for instance)
- A couple of dashes of angostura bitters (probably about 20-25 for this amount)
- 1 orange sliced into rounds
- 1 lemon sliced into rounds
- 1 grape fruit sliced into rounds
- ½ a cucumber sliced into rounds
- In a large pitcher, place all you sliced fruits.
- Pour the black currant juice concentrate, sparkling orange juice, sparkling lemonade, and sparkling limeade over the fruits.
- Add in the dashes of angostura bitters, stir lightly and serve chilled over ice.
If you are looking for other refreshing summer drinks why not try this ginger spiked pineapple juice recipe or another Nigerian favorite: Hibiscus Iced Tea: Zobo with a Twist?