Chapman or shapman is one of the popular Nigerian drinks; it is served in most major Nigerian restaurants and bar and also the most popular drink for cocktail parties in Nigeria
I am writing this article because I got an email from an expert member of the kitchen who wanted to prepare the Chapman drink for her kids.
So here we go! :D.
It became my favorite soft drink since I learned how to prepare it. You can decide to make it soft or hard, what I mean is that you can add a particular ingredient to make chapman alcoholic for adult or avoid the ingredient so that both adults and children can enjoy it.
I can’t say much about the origin of chapman but I hear that it all started with a man at the Ikoyi club, a man named shapman.
Angostura aromatic Bitter is the ingredients to look out for, at first I thought I wouldn’t find it in Nigeria but I did, I learned it is marketed and distributed by just one company in Nigeria and you can buy it in most major super stores or pharmacies, a bottle is sold at three thousand two hundred naira only. Ask for angostura aromatic bitters…that is used for cocktails.
Alomo bitters can also be used in place of the angostura bitters, alomo bitters is very popular in Nigeria and sold at every corner of the street in Lagos. However, you can avoid the aromatic bitter or alomo bitter completely if you want to make chapman for the kids instead, you should squeeze in a lime… half lime would be OK. This would slightly affect the true taste of the chapman that you buy from bars and restaurants but it is alright, even a drop of alcohol is not right for a child.
Here are the comprehensive ingredients for making chapman, the popular Nigerian drink. These ingredients would serve two to three persons.
Ingredients for chapman Nigerian Drink
Serving: 2 or 3 persons.
A bottle of Fanta (35cl)
A bottle of Sprite (35cl)
Angostura aromatic bitter or alomo bitters (a bottle) (contains alcohol)
Geraldine syrup or Ribena (blackcurrant)
1 lemon or lime
The orange, lime, lemon and cucumber are used for garnishing; you can use any two or even just lemon is okey
How to prepare shapman (chapman)
It is better to prepare one cup at a time in order not to complicate matters or add a particular ingredients twice. I hope you know that ice cubes are the same thing as ice block; the different is just the shapes. Most refrigerator are supplied with ice cube trays, so be sure to have them ready before you start the preparation.
It is also advisable to chill the fanta and sprite before using them. You should remember that chapman must be served cold or you will be arrested by Chapman himself :D. So the best approach would be to chill the major ingredients before the preparation.
So here we go with the preparation.
Get a simple wine glass or a giant mug (in case you are Oliver twist) :D, pour a cap full of grenadine syrup or Ribena blackcurrant into the cup, (cap-full and not a cup-full), You can use the cover of the bottle or just use a tablespoon; 2 to 3 spoons would be enough
Pour in half of sprite and also half of fanta into the same cup. Add two to three spoons of the angostura aromatic bitter, alomo bitter is used alternatively in case you can find angostura bitter in your location.
The angostura/alomo bitter kinda dilutes the sweetness from other ingredients a little; you have to be mindful of the quantity you consume if you are not using them. This is just to avoid the intake of sugar in excess.
At this point you are almost done with making the Chapman Nigerian drink, go ahead and throw in the garnishing fruits. Cut the lime into two equal halves and throw into the mixture. Cucumber, lemon or even banana can also be used for garnishing; even a combination of two or three fruits-slice is acceptable.
Add the ice cubes and serve chilled with a straw and your favorite snack. So the Nigerian Chapman or shapman drink is made of a bottle of fanta, sprite, Angostura aromatic bitters, grenadine syrup, ice cubes and other garnishing Ingredients.
That is how to make Chapman drink, the most popular drink for cocktail parties in Nigeria.