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! 😀

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.

Chapman drink

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. I got mine from everyday emporium at a very expensive price, a small bottle was sold at four thousand five hundred naira only. Ask for angostura aromatic bitters…that is used for cocktails.

I later learned that amazon offers it at a way cheaper price.

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: 4 persons.

A bottle of Fanta (35cl)
A bottle of Sprite (35cl)
Angostura aromatic bitter or alomo bitters 3 spoons
Grenadine syrup (1 cup)
5-10 spoons of orange juice (optional)
1 lemon or lime
Ice cubes

making chapman drink

The orange and cucumber are used for garnishing; you can use lime, oranges, cucumber, grapes, a combination of two or even just lemon is okey

How to prepare shapman (chapman)

It is better to prepare chapman in a jug the way David did in the video below and then distribute in glass cups thereafter. 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 😀 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, pour a cup full of grenadine syrup.

Pour in the sprite and fanta into the same jug. Add two to three spoons of the angostura aromatic bitter, alomo bitter is used alternatively in case you can’t find angostura bitter in your location but that would alter the true taste of chapman.

The angostura/alomo bitter kinda dilutes the sweetness from other ingredients a little; you have to be mindful of the quantity of chapman that you consume if you are not using these bitters. This is just to avoid the intake of sugar in excess.

Add the fresh orange juice, and shake or stir with a spoon.

At this point you are almost done with making the Chapman Nigerian drink, go ahead and distribute in glass cups and then throw in the garnishing fruits. Cut the cucumber/oranges into triangular shapes 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, fruit juice, ice cubes and other garnishing Ingredients.

That is how to make Chapman drink, the most popular drink for cocktail parties in Nigeria.

Here is the video for chapman, as made by David, watch and enjoy. Don’t forget to drop me a comment below.

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  1. Chika  January 16, 2014

    Chapman!!! OMG, I love this drink so much. I also spend 700 for a glass of Chapman at grandville bar/restaurant. thank God I can now make it for myself. thank you very much Chy for all your recipes. You rock!

  2. The Nigerian Kitchen  January 16, 2014

    Hello Chy, I have been looking up some of the shops in my neighborhood here is Port Harcourt for Angostura aromatic bitters. The things is that I want to make Chapman for me and my hubby and I want to get the exact recipe that he loves so much. Please can you direct me to the store where you bought yours?

  3. Mariam  February 9, 2014

    I’m a good cook, as in my food tastes nice but I can’t make certain foods which I wnt to learn. Eating has become a chore because its particular type of food… I want varieties! Thanks for the chapman cocktail drink and for all the wonderful recipes

  4. Nma  February 12, 2014

    I’ve always been a good cook,buh occasionally I love to experiment,as a result I hate to get same taste all the other time( it’s boring to get same taste each time u cook a particular food…u get?). My quest to acheive different tastes led me to the discovery of this site.Having said that,this site has helped me a great deal. Ryt nw when I cook everyone wants to get a taste of it. My husband loves the fact that he can ask me to make jollof rice as much as five times n I’ll end up wiv 5 diff tastes of jollof rice.infact whenever he eats food prepared by any1 other than me,he compares it to my cooking n always says “I Rily give my cooking special attention unlike people that cook anyhow just to fulfill all righteousness in the name of cooking”.lol. Your fried rice recipe helped me a lot,I tried it for the ist time n wow u”ll think ve been a chef all my life.though I added something to it(I made a lill bit of scrambled egg separately and then added n stirred into the rice).thanks for the good work,don’t stop it,just keep it up!!!!pls I need a recipe for chapman drink and vegetable soup.

  5. Gbemisola Mayungbe  February 18, 2014

    Please can you do just to preparation of smoothies and cocktail pinacolanda as you have done to Chapman. Thanks

  6. nemi  March 17, 2014

    I really love the recipes here.. And wow!! Am so shocked cos I didn’t know that to make Chapman was at the snap of a finger… So cheap ND yet the same thing we get in the bars and the zobo tutorials as well just makes Nigerian juice seems so much fun.. But I would really like to get a copy of your book if possible but if not.. I want your page to be readily available for my use.. Plss do reply.. Tnx chi

  7. hanny  July 31, 2014

    Please where can I buy the grenadine syrup thanks.

  8. Chy Anegbu  August 2, 2014

    you can get it from wine shops, super stores or even pharmacies, thanks.

  9. Ere  November 20, 2014

    I’ll be hosting very important guests by next week. I wanted something different this time…just thought a glass of chapman will do! Thanks for helping me out with the recipies. Gratitude!

  10. Lara  November 26, 2014

    Lovely Chy,you are doing a wonderful job for the whole univers.When is your next discount on all your books,always yovrs at all time

  11. Bright  January 2, 2015

    Thanks to u Chy, you have saved many from monopoly of Chapman Drink
    you rock

  12. fadayomi babatunde  January 5, 2015

    Lovely drink, I love it like ki lo deeee

  13. Ogio Aniedi  January 22, 2015

    so amazing I just discover this site now. chy are u in port harcourt?

  14. Chy Anegbu  January 25, 2015

    Yes, you can email me

  15. Fernandez  March 1, 2015

    I must confess,this site is the best thing that happened to me recently..i was gonna host 60 people to a house party and this cocktail guy charged me 1500 per chapman..i was about to pay when I went online and found this so not needing his services again…P.S..i just mixed my first chapman and nothing beats it right now

  16. Chy Anegbu  March 3, 2015

    OMG! that is so lovely, abeg bring my own chapman o

  17. Ella  March 3, 2015

    Wow,loving dis chapman receipe.I’ll definitely gv it a try.Thanks Chy

  18. Princess  March 4, 2015

    Pls chy can u email me on how to prepare Chapman 4 150pple I’ll really appreciate, tanks.

  19. Chy Anegbu  March 5, 2015

    Hello, princess just get the ingredients and try making it for 5 persons, then do the maths. 😀
    it is easy, wishing you luck.

  20. Horlaitan  March 8, 2015

    in case whereby one need to serve lot of people wit cocktail asin Chapman can one add zobo as part of d recipe for Chapman to increase the quantity? thank you

  21. Chy Anegbu  March 9, 2015

    lol, havent tried adding zobo to chapman, but you can make enough of chapman na.

  22. Safiya  March 15, 2015

    You are doing a great job here.. I love this page, thank you so very much. May God continue to bless you ma

  23. kris  March 30, 2015

    I love to try new drinks. I will offer it to my guests for Easter brunch. Happy Easter to Nigerian Kitchen. K

  24. Glory  March 30, 2015

    I just made mine. Waooooo loving myself. My kids just hailed me. Hhehe

  25. dike  March 30, 2015

    I didn’t see the Geraldine syrup.any substitute

  26. ada  April 1, 2015

    You are the best. All the best.

  27. shola  April 2, 2015

    Thank you very much Chy, God will continue to increase you in knowledge and understanding.

  28. M  April 4, 2015

    Alomo shudnt be an alternative, angostura bitter hs a special reason why d world hs it on d chapman recipe. Its beta to jst do lime if u cant find angostura.
    Add only 8-10 dashes of angostura.
    Also its cucumber fr garnish. Its part of d traditional chapman taste. For beta result u can let ur cucumber soak in d chapman fr a wile.
    Orange juice is included not optional

  29. Ugokwe ifeoma  April 4, 2015

    Chy thanks alot for the priveldge u hv given me to learn champman. My good lord will give u a double grace to all your endervous, keep up ur good work GOD BLESS U DEAR. Pls can u also teach us other types of cocktail drinks that is common like champman and d finger foods (i.e small chops). Hope to hear from u. THANKS.

  30. Chy Anegbu  April 4, 2015

    Yap, thanks for commenting. So much is coming!

  31. Chy Anegbu  April 4, 2015

    Ok, thanks for your comment.

  32. Chy Anegbu  April 4, 2015

    why, where did you look and where do you live? you can use ribenna black current but the taste wouldn’t just be the same.

  33. Chy Anegbu  April 4, 2015

    Kris How are you, nice to read your comment.

  34. yetty  April 5, 2015

    please ma how can i add alcohol 2d chapman

  35. Chy Anegbu  April 5, 2015

    The alcohol is the angustura bitter @ yetty

  36. Habiba  May 16, 2015

    Hello chy,thanks for the Chapman recipe, u know, l’ve always wanted to learn how to make it but most people i ask won’t open as u are.Thanks again for sharing with us. God bless.

  37. Oye  May 23, 2015

    Is angostura aromatic bitter optional.

  38. Chy Anegbu  May 26, 2015

    Yes it is optional, however, if you desire to achieve the correct taste of chapman, you would need it.

  39. idris  May 31, 2015

    Nice one Chy!

  40. elijah  June 5, 2015

    thanks a lot.
    I see a o lot of Nigerian Chapman. is there another kind. could you talk about it.?

  41. Liliane Bonnet  June 14, 2015

    A very good and refreshing drink
    we used to have it while in Nigeria in 1973 to 1982
    avery nice souvenir from kano and Kaduna
    Thank you

  42. nafisah  June 14, 2015

    Chapman my favorite drink!! Love I so much

  43. obaji Anthony Paul  June 17, 2015

    Pls, from ur pictures, I observed that the pill of the orange is not removed, won’t it affect the taste of the Chapman. Secondly can one use pineapple instead of oranges.

  44. Chy Anegbu  June 20, 2015

    How do you mean, the orange juice is used, squeeze out and filter.

  45. V  June 29, 2015

    Grew up playing squash at the ikoyi club every Sunday in the early 70’s while dad played golf. I was a young chap of 12 and I fondly remember this drink as we sat in the veranda and watched the sunset over the golf course. Thanks to you I’ve resurrected the recipe I only wish I could resurrect those special moments my brother and I spent sitting with dad drenched in sweat sipping our chapmans and loving everything Nigerian. The country its people it’s customs and its quisine and of course it’s chapman drink.

  46. Odey  August 15, 2015

    This is interesting

  47. David  September 12, 2015

    Hi Chy – Oga!
    I was English Expat with my young wife and two children working in Nigeria for a major company in 1964 through all the Major General Ironsi and Yakubu Gowon Biafran War years. I saw the Kainji Dam and the New Lagos Bridge being built and made many Nigerian friends all of whom we found to be gentle, fun loving people; and I have lots of lovely real photos (no mobiles in those days) to remind us of the happy times. I learned to fly a small plane at Kiri-Kiri where the small field was adjacent to the prison down the Agege “motor road”.

    We all used to live in Ikeja on the Chief Okupe Estate and drank many Chapmans The beer was Heineken and Star but I always found the Chapmans a favourite when playing squash or swimming / sunbathing.

    THANKS A LOT FOR REMINDING ME OF THE RECIPE CHY. I am unable to drink alcohol now so have reverted to dear old Chapmans with all its pleasant reminders. My grown up family also still enjoy it very much too.

    I wonder if you could find time to reply and perhaps bring me a little up to date?

  48. Chy Anegbu  September 12, 2015

    Wow! it is very wonderful to read this story, especially when it is an eye-witness account, chapman is a wonderful drink, I could take it everyday if not for the way-too-sugary taste. Thanks for your comment David – Oga!

  49. Seyi Senuga  October 18, 2015

    Thanks for this info. U’ll never know know how much good you’ve done for me.
    God bless u real good.

  50. Vicky.  October 23, 2015

    God bless u so much. Apart 4rm d angoustura bitters or alomo can som1 use a non alcoholic bitters lyk d asheitu adams bitters or swidish bitters?

  51. Chy Anegbu  October 26, 2015

    I am not so sure about other bitters but you can give a whirl and tell us how it all turned out.

  52. Nenye Nwa  October 26, 2015

    Aunty Chy Gud morning ma, i love ur teaches so much thanks keep it up ma n GOD bless u. Please how can i get ur book here in Onitsha please i need it Thanks. My number 08067266238

  53. Lonnie  October 30, 2015

    Was planning for my daughter’s birthday n came across dis site. U have just saved me lots of money n eased d extra stress. U rock. Kip it up

  54. fafcy  November 23, 2015

    God bless you chy for the good work you are doing. please just wanna know if the angoustura bitters is an alcoholic flavour. please if it is can it not be used or will it defile the real Chapman taste? Thanks and God bless.

  55. yemmy  November 24, 2015

    Thanks Chy,pls can I use small handleless cups to serve champman at a party?

  56. Chy Anegbu  November 25, 2015

    You can serve chapman with anything you like, its your show. lol

  57. Chy Anegbu  November 25, 2015

    There is a slight difference, but it is permitted.

  58. Patricia  December 29, 2015

    Its great learning how to make dis drinks especially d Chapman, thank u chy

  59. Joyfak Funto  December 30, 2015

    whao dis is lovely.pls can u teach me small chops. I will appreciate it if u reply soon. thanks chy

  60. geraldine  December 30, 2015

    its nice I will try it.

  61. Tommie  December 31, 2015

    just want to know if in place of Alomo or any other bitters one can use Campari to kill the sweetness ..

  62. Mabel  January 6, 2016

    Thanks for this recipe,I love chapman drink.

  63. stephanie  January 10, 2016

    Wow chapman! Chapman! Dis is exciting always heard abt it never tasted it b4 buh 4rm comments n d ingredients am falling in love gona try it dis weekend mrs chy rock proudly nigerian

  64. stephanie  January 10, 2016

    Mrs chy pls after using d angostura bitters n d syrup how do I preserve it?

  65. marylin  January 14, 2016

    Chy, you have made it so simple. God bless you

  66. Izenose  January 21, 2016

    Chy to be honest I wasnt going to make this drink because I was afraid I might flunk it n mess my wonderful mind set about Chapman but after reading almost all the comments I am determined to get it right! So please how do I get the grenadine syrup? Is it a drug, a sweetener,a sugar substitute, or a drink? etc. Cos am also a shopperholick and I haven’t come across any drink with that name (grenadine).

  67. soomie  January 22, 2016

    Chi…. u are d best in d world… I hate kitchen but of late.. kitchen is now ma best friend and my mum is wondering like steven wonder,, what happened to dis gurl.. in short note she’s happy I now love d kitchen.. thanks so much.. I look forward in learning more.

  68. Chy Anegbu  January 25, 2016

    geraldine is very popular now, you can find it from any super store. which city do you live? you will find it at Shoprite, Spar, Park n Shop etc.

  69. Chy Anegbu  January 25, 2016

    You can purchase geraldine syrup from Spar, Shoprite, Park n shop, etc.

  70. FALUSI A.B  January 29, 2016

    Hi Chi,kindly let me know when the new and improved Edition of your cookery book is out,I would like to have a copy in my library.

  71. Chy Anegbu  January 29, 2016

    it’s out already. Call 08035051468, 08157668217 to get your copy now.

  72. Joyce  February 1, 2016

    Chy. This is gud, i can’t wait to get it done. Tanx alot.

  73. Joy oladimeji  February 2, 2016

    U too much oooo I must confess, this chapman am going to give it a trial this weekend.
    God bless u ijn.

  74. Funmi Arisoyin  February 12, 2016

    Kudos ma, please can we use only Fanta and pineapple for chap?

  75. Olivia  February 18, 2016

    Gudevening ma.. I must say that I luv site. I have been hearing about chapman but I have never had a taste. I will not hesitate to make a cup this weekend. Thanks so much for ur recipe.GOD bless u ma.

  76. yinka  March 30, 2016

    I”m impressed with this tips. pls can u help me I want to prepare for 150pple. what are the quantities to use. pls expect ur reply on my email
    God bless u

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  78. kemi  April 15, 2016

    U are a life saver. Since I discovered your site, my cooking has gotten another dimension. Though, I am into catering but preparing the same meal in different kinds of way has never been easy.
    Keep up the good works. Kudos

  79. Joyce O.  April 27, 2016

    wooo! i can’t wait ooo. thanks a lot ma for sharing with me. may God continue to enrich u with wisdom. long live Chy Anegbu…

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