Friday 18 July 2014


Anyone else sweltering in the heat today? Summer is my favourite time of the year. I really can't get enough of it, because then I get to make tasty, refreshing drinks like this one.

Chapman is a popular cocktail drink in Nigeria which you'll find served at restaurants, bars and most big events. Next to the club sandwich, it exists in my memory as one of those fascinating things grown-ups had at fancy restaurants or sipped by the pool at places like Ikoyi Club. 

It's usually made using Angostura bitters, lemonade, fanta and some sort of blackcurrant cordial. If you run a quick google search, you'll find that there's no shortage of detailed recipes online. What I'm offering here is a healthier version of the drink. I've chucked out the soda and made a few swaps: 

fanta -> freshly squeezed orange juice
lemonade -> fresh lemon juice and sparkling water

- 6 cups blackcurrant juice or diluted ribena
- 6 cups freshly squeezed orange juice
- 2 cups sparkling water
- juice of 2 lemons
- lemon, lime, orange and cucumber slices (to garnish)
- ice cubes

I mixed mine in a large punch bowl and threw in a generous helping of sliced lemons, lime, oranges and cucumber. Throw in some ice cubes for some extra chill. 




  1. Ahh! Chapman was my drink in Naija. And Ribena of course. This recipe definitely comes in handy because New Orleans is HOT. Thanks, Tomi:)

  2. Tomi, you should hurry up and come to nigeria to cook for me :p, but also it'd be interesting to see what ingredients you'd choose from the smaller range of a nigerian market for some of your recipes. It's been a while though, email me or somthing!!!!

    1. Smaller range ke? If you let me loose in a market long enough, I'm sure I'll find more than enough ;) SimSim you just fled the country without warning lol! Will be in touch x

  3. This looks too good, love the fresh oranges, lime, cucumber and lemon. Fab x