Nigerian Chapman aka African Sangria Cocktails

October 28, 2009
3 Ratings
  • Prep time 10 minutes
  • Makes a bowl of punch
Author Notes

Surely, any drink that has a double-barelled reference to men in one word is worth a closer look. Enter Chapman.

I assure you that this refreshing cocktail (contrary to the suggestions above) is neither come and go (it is here for ALL seasons) nor unstable in its nature (consistent in how to make it and its great taste). So, I rapidly discard that definition and go for it in all its grace and strength – male and all. And very Nigerian too, think of it as the African version of Sangria.

It has soft drinks in the mix - don't let that put you off. If you got served a glass, you would be hard pressed to tell what it was made from!
TIPS? You could use fruit flavoured icecubes; Use Grenadine syrup or even Pomengranate syrup instead of the Blackcurrant cordial - the key thing is to get the ‘Chapman red’ colour; swap some or all of the Fanta and Sprite with Ginger ale or Bitter Lemon and swig some Campari into the mix. Finally, choose your garnish - mint leaves, cucumbers, citrus slices. I’ve read of people loving bananas in it. Personally, I’m a cucumber babe but you just might be a Pineapple kinda guy, who knows. Go with the flow and do rock the boat if you must. Expand your horizons and mine.

Kitchen Butterfly

Test Kitchen Notes

Kitchen Butterfly's Nigerian Chapman aka African Sangria gives you plenty of options to concoct a perfectly refreshing punch. Given license to vary the soda, I tried this with Orangina using fresh bananas for a final garnish. The cassis with bitters adds depth and counterbalance to make this punch interesting on its own--you can decide to spike further or not. Given the variations, you'll definitely find a version that pleases. The cucumbers are a great way to offset the sweetness of the cassis. —Sagegreen

What You'll Need
  • 1 litre Fanta Orange
  • 500ml Sprite or 7up
  • 150 -200 ml Blackcurrant cordial like Ribena/Cassis syrup, or more to taste
  • several drops of Angostura bitters
  • Vodka, Campari, White rum or White beer (optional)
  • Juice of a lime
  • Juice of a lemon
  • Juice of a sweet orange
  • Ice cubes
  • Cucumber slices, to garnish
  • Lemon, lime and orange wedges, to garnish
  1. Mix all the ingredients in a jug or punch bowl, save for the ice cubes and garnishes. Stir well together and adjust to taste
  2. To serve, set up (cocktail) glasses and put lots of icecubes in each glass. Ladle the punch into glasses and garnish with cucumber slices, lemon, lime and orange wedges. Refreshing....

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6 Reviews

suzgab August 17, 2013
In Spain they use Fanta at many restaurants. The Fanta in Europe is much better and different than what we have here. It's not neon orange, or nearly as sweet and contains orange juice. I think I might sub Italian blood orange soda and give this a try.
Kitchen B. August 23, 2013
Let me know how it goes. Its still one of my fave drinks ever!
gloria S. May 31, 2013
I tried it and it was wow.
boulangere November 5, 2011
This sounds wonderful. Love the cucumber.
wssmom November 3, 2011
What's not to love??!!! Yum ...
katylua July 14, 2011
This sounds lovely. Definitely worth a try!