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. Bola  June 10, 2016

    Lovely thanks 4 the tips u rock, may God bless d work of ur hand

  2. peju Rotimi  June 15, 2016

    Thank u so much for this,even though l have been making chapman but l know the correct measurement for glass cup.sincere appreciation.

  3. Dan  June 29, 2016

    Hmm u got it right chy…as a trained bar attendant I prepare Chapman with different garnishing… chy u are doing a great job..for all your Chapman ingredients…from Angostra bitter, grenadine, tasty time…Even all sorts of wines contact me for that on whatsapp 08138649412 or call 07081893591.. I know angostra bitter is a little bit scarce and expensive…deliver any where in Nigeria at any quantity….from Daniel Chikwue…surulere Lagos.

  4. olayinka  July 16, 2016

    I must sincerely appreciate you chy Almighty God will continue to bless u more.
    pls I want to guide in making ice cream and yoghurt

  5. JOY  July 28, 2016

    Is the Grenadine syrup compulsory, thanks for showing me how to make chapman.

  6. comfort  August 25, 2016

    Thank you for sharing the idea of preparing chapman ,i appreciate but please where can one buy grenadine syrup

  7. Vize  September 17, 2016

    Chy ,good morning. this is amazing.your site rocks. I was about going to attend a Chapman training class this morning,but my hubby was of the opinion I check online instead of going through the stress of having to go so far just to learn Chapman.i got in here ,and you really wowed me with your superlicious recipes. I’m definitely going to try it out today. thanks so much Chy

    • Chy Anegbu  September 17, 2016

      Awww! Tahnks for your feedback dear. You are gonna love chapman.

  8. maureen  December 29, 2016

    do u garnish ur Chapman by dropping d sliced orange,cucumber into it or by hanging it by d cup?

  9. Bukola  February 26, 2017

    chy tanks 4 sharing dis knowledge wit u God bless u. pls wat is d size of d cup or measurement of d cup to use. tanks

    • Chy Anegbu  February 28, 2017

      my cup is 250ml

  10. Nkay  February 27, 2017


  11. Ruth Nkem  March 6, 2017

    Chy, thank you for this procedure on Chapman. I am so glad to have known this. In fact, this is the drink for my family this Easter holiday when everybody will be around to enjoy it. I am glad to have purchased and subscribed for your newsletters.

    Remain blessed.


    • Chy Anegbu  March 7, 2017

      Thanks for your feedback dear. God bless you too.

  12. Rose  March 7, 2017

    wow!never knew Chapman is so easy to make.I’ll look for the ingredients and make it. thanks chy

    • Chy Anegbu  March 9, 2017

      Welcome once again to the blog, yea! It is really easy. Most things in life are easy. 😀

  13. MABEL  March 25, 2017


  14. Ngozi  April 13, 2017

    Hi Chi, you are a miracle. Got the Chapman recipe. Looks great. Going to Surprise my spouse this Easter holiday. But dear what is this grenadine syrup and where can l get it i.e is it in a supermarket or from those selling cake ingredients.

    • Chy Anegbu  April 15, 2017

      Check, shoprite or spar or any big shopping mall for Geraldine syrup.

  15. Elizabeth  May 26, 2017

    Never knew such exit, first time but am already thrilled to be here. Nice work God bless you.

  16. Vivienne  May 26, 2017

    Thanks a lot for the Chapman recipe. I’ll definitely try it out.

  17. Ade  May 30, 2017

    Hi Chy, I love cooking and I’m a chef in U.K so I cook a lot of continental dishes but I’m planning to open a restaurant to showcase our rich Nigerian food but with English twist, can you help pls?

  18. Tolani  June 14, 2017

    Thank you for the Chapman recipe, will try it out. please, keep up the good work. #mua

  19. BELLE  June 15, 2017


  20. Rejoice  June 19, 2017

    Thanks Chy. This is awesome.
    I love this blog


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