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Nigeria’s Signature Cocktail, The Chapman: All You Need to Know and How to Mix

The flavourful Nigerian Chapman is one of the most popular beverages in the country. This unique cocktail features at nearly every Nigerian party, and keeps our foreign friends and visitors guessing.The origin of West Africa’s Sangria is shrouded in mystery, with hardly a serious story to support numerous claims, but it is generally agreed that there is some sort of connection to the surname “Chapman” which itself means a person who moves from place to place selling goods.

Contrary to popular belief, Chapman isn’t always alcohol-free. Angostura bitters, a key ingredient, does contain some alcohol (44.7%). Also, note that a splash of Campari liqueur is said to be the secret behind the unique cocktail’s taste. When prepared for kids, Angostura bitters and Campari liqueur should of course be left out of the mix.

Craved for its unique taste, Chapman can be found in most local bars and restaurants, yet is so easy to make that you can mix the refreshing drink in the comfort of your home at any time of the day.

How to make the Nigerian Chapman

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The Nigerian Chapman is such a unique and complex cocktail partly because of the several, peculiar components involved in putting it together. Compared to most cocktails, Nigeria’s Chapman may have a long list of ingredients, but this doesn’t make it difficult to mix in the slightest.

Below are all ingredients needed for a proper Nigerian Chapman and how to prepare it:


  • 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)
  • Ice cubes
  • Fresh mint leaves
  • Cucumber

How to Make

  • Fill your pitcher with the ice cubes
  • Pour in your Fanta and Sprite
  • Add your blackcurrant cordial, Angostura Bitters, orange, lemon and lime juice
  • Add in the vodka (optional)
  • Stir
  • Garnish with fresh mint leaves and cucumber

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We Love These 5 Nigerian Drinks!

We Love These 5 Nigerian Drinks!

The culinary scene in Nigeria is bursting with exciting flavours.The food is amazing and the drinks are simply a delight!

Here’s a list of 5 amazing and refreshing Nigerian drinks.


1. Zobo

zobo drinks

Made from dried Roselle plant flowers, this is a refreshing drink is super easy to make and can be taken either sweetened or unsweetened. You can switch up your zobo by mixing it with garlic, ginger , pineapple or any other fruit of your choice. A cold glass of zobo would leave you happy and fully refreshed.

That said, check out the recipe for 5 litres of zobo.

 What you need:

  • 2 cups of dry Zobo leaves
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 big piece of ginger
  • 1 big very ripe pineapple (or any fruit of your choice)


  1. Wash the zobo leaves thoroughly in cold water, don’t worry about washing the colour away.
  2. Wash, peel and cut the pineapple into thin slices. (or any other fruit you may have chosen)
  3. Wash, peel and cut the ginger and garlic into tiny pieces.
  4. Put the washed zobo leaves into a deep pot.
  5. Add the pineapples (or other fruit)  and pour enough water into the pot.
  6. Start cooking at medium to high heat and let it boil for 5 minutes.
  7. Add the ginger and the garlic, and more water. Keep boiling for at least 30 minutes to soften the zobo leaves.
  8. Turn off the heat and set aside to cool down completely.
  9. When cool, sieve the juice from the pineapples and zobo leaves.
  10. Then pour the juice through a clean chiffon cloth to remove the tiniest particles.
  11. Add any artificial flavours of your choice, including sugar, and stir.
  12. Pour into bottles and refrigerate.
  13. Serve cold. You may garnish with cucumber of lemon slices.


2. Chapman

chapman drink

Nigerian Chapman is an easy cocktail drink with a nice blend of fruity flavour. Chapman is a staple feature at almost every Nigerian event and restaurant. Though the ingredients vary from one drink to the other, some commonly used ingredients include Fanta, Ribena or grenadine syrup (for the distinct reddish-pink colour) and Angostura aromatic bitters (or the alcoholic variety). The reddish pink drink is usually put in fancy glasses and if you’re looking to make your event really exciting. chapman is a great option.  Here’s how to make Chapman.


What you need:

  1. ½ cup Grenadine Syrup
  2. A few dashes of Angostura Aromatic Bitters™
  3. 35 cl Fanta Orange
  4. 35 cl Sprite
  5. ½ an Orange
  6. ½ a lemon
  7. Ice cubes
  8. Ribena (optional)



  1. Put a few ice cubes in the mugs.
  2. Add half a cup of the Grenadine Syrup, this should be about one third of the mug.
  3. Add a few dashes of Angostura Bitters (to your taste).
  4. Add a squeeze of orange and lemon each.
  5. Share the Fanta equally between the two mugs, do the same for the Sprite. Remember to leave some space because the garnishings will take up their own volume.
  6. Add your sliced garnishings: cucumber, orange and lemons.
  7. Top off with Ribena blackcurrant if you have it.
  8. Stir with the straws and it is ready to drink!


3. Kunu

kunu drink

The very healthy kunnu aya is made from tigernuts (aki Hausa in Igbo, aya in Hausa and ofio in Yoruba). To spice it up, you can include dates, garlic or ginger, Yum! Here’s how to make it.

What you need: 

  1. 7 cups Tiger Nuts
  2. 3 cups dry Dates
  3. 1 whole Coconut
  4. 3 teaspoons Vanilla Essence


  1. Wash Tiger nuts to completely remove all dirt.
  2. Wash and deseed the dates.
  3. Break and carve out the coconut flesh.
  4. Grind Tigernut, dates and coconut with 3 60 cl bottles of water.
  5. Sieve first with a sieve that has large holes,then sieve again with a sieve tat has smaller holes
  6. To make the milk very fine and smooth , pass it through a muslin cloth.
  7. You can add pieces of chopped dates and roasted coconut flakes to the drink.
  8. Chill the drink and enjoy.


4. Palmwine

palmwine drink

What you need:

  1. Water (cool and hot)
  2. Sugar (castor or cane)
  3. Yeast
  4. Balloon (to check fermentation)
  5. Rubber band


  1. Dissolve the yeast in warm water
  2. Add sugar and mix thoroughly
  3. Pour the yeast mix into the bottle with cool water, cover and shake gently
  4. Remove the cover, place the balloon on the rim of the bottle and push the rest of the balloon inside the bottle
  5. Store in a dark place for 48-72 hours
  6. After 48 hours you’d get a whiter solution with bubbles in it and the balloon would be inflated. You’ll also see some residue at the bottom
  7. Take off the balloon, cover then shake well.
  8. Enjoy your drink!


5. Fura Da Nono

fura da nono

What you need:

  1. Cup millet or Guinea corn meal
  2. Soya bean meal
  3. Dried pepper (ground)
  4. Cloves (ground)
  5. Dried ginger root(ground)
  6. Corn flour
  7. 2 liters water (For boiling)
  8. 1 liter Fresh cow milk yogurt “No-no” or Normal yogurt
  9. Granulated sugar to taste


  1. Mix the dry flour ingredients and spices together in a bowl.
  2. Make a well in the center and add a little water just enough to act as a binding agent for the dry ingredients.
  3. Mold into medium sized balls.
  4. Heat the water for about 7mins and when it starts to boil, drop the molded balls into the water and leave to boil for about 20 minutes.
  5. Transfer the boiled balls from the pot into a mortar and pound thoroughly.
  6. Re-mold once more into small balls and sprinkle with corn flour to keep the balls moist
  7. To serve, pour the nono into a bowl.
  8. Add the balls (mashed) and Sugar to taste. Enjoy.
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