Starting off this year with the number 1 Nigerian cocktail drink known as Chapman. Rumor has that it was supposedly invented by a Nigerian bartender known then as “Sharpman” and later popularized when the coca-cola company & makers of fanta started bottling it in the early 90’s hence the name “Fanta Chapman”.
The general idea and method of preparation is to mix an orange soda (Fanta for example) with a fizzy lemon/lime soda (Such as sprite), A black currant drink to give it the unique red color (Such as Grenadine syrup or Ribena (Preferably the undiluted concentrate) ), Slices of Natural fruits such as Lemon, Lime, Orange and Cucumber to go with the sodas as well as beautify the drink and Finally, dashes of an aromatic bitter (Such as Angostura aromatic bitter or Alomo bitters) which is used to reduce the sweetness of the drink. This usually leaves it with a nice slightly bitter after taste. When preparing for kids, this could be skipped. To make it easier to get ingredients, i used our very own alomo bitters which you can get around every corner on the streets and also ribena and it turned out great. This drink is so easy to make yet very Unique in it’s own way as i’m about to show you in this quick tutorial.
How to make Chapman drink (Fanta Chapman) • Prep time:10 mins • Serves : 3-4 • Misc : Serve Cold
• A bottle of Fanta (50cl) • A bottle of Sprite (50cl) • Grenadine syrup, Homemade zobo syrup, or Blackcurrant drink (preferably undiluted) • Aromatic Bitters: Angostura bitters or Alomo bitters (a cap full) – Contains alcohol •1 medium sized orange • 1 lemon or lime • Cucumber • Ice cubes The orange, lime, lemon and cucumber are used for garnishing.
Step 1: In a large glass jug, add a cap of the aromatic bitter (i used Alomo bitters). Pour in the blackcurrant drink/ Zobo syrup or spoons of the Grenadine syrup. Gently pour in the Fanta and Sprite and mix.
Step 2: Slice the Orange, Lime/Lemon and Cucumber (Do not remove the skins). Add some few slices of each into the Jug. this gives it a slightly sour taste and also enhances the flavor. Leave some few slices for garnishing.
Step 3: To serve, pour into a long glass cup or glass mug, add the ice cubes and a few fruit slices. Serve Chilled!
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