Alcohol-Free Drinks

Nigerian Chapman aka African Sangria

October 28, 2009
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

  • Makes a bowl of punch
  • 1 litre Fanta Orange
  • 500ml Sprite or 7up
  • 150 -200 ml Blackcurrant cordial/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
  • 1- Juice of a sweet orange
  • Ice cubes
  • Cucumber slices, to garnish
  • Lemon, lime and orange wedges, to garnish
In This Recipe
  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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For the first 9 years of my life I hated food and really loved sugar till Wimpy (British Fast Food chain) changed my life! These days, all grown up, I've junked junk food and spend my days and nights on a quest - to find and share the sweet, sweet nectar that's food in The #NewNigerianKitchen! Dreaming, cooking, eating and writing...about and adoring a strong food community that's big and bold enough to embrace the world's diverse cuisines - I'm passionate about celebrating Nigerian cuisine in its entirety. Why do I love food so? It is forgiving. Make a recipe. Have it go bad....but wake up tomorrow and you can have another go at succeeding! Only with food!