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Nigerian Chapman Cocktail

A Nigerian Chapman is a cocktail known for being refreshingly citrusy, deliciously sweet and slightly bitter. Some speculate that the origin of the name comes from the word chapman itself. The popular English surname Chapman most commonly originated as an occupational name for a businessman, trader or merchant. “Someone who travels from place to place, selling goods.”

The drink is equal parts orange and lemon/lime flavors, mixed with a splash of grenadine and/or Ribena, and a dash of bitters. (It contains a very small amount of alcohol from the bitters, so if you are serving it to children, do not add the bitters.)

Want to make the drink alcoholic? Just add a bit of white rum.


For the Drink:

  • 1 bottle orange soda (Fanta or other)
  • 1 bottle lemon lime soda (Sprite or other)
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • ½ c. grenadine syrup
  • ½ c. Ribena blackcurrant syrup
  • 3 tbsp. Angostura bitters

For the Garnish:

  • Cucumber slices
  • Lemon wedges
  • Lime wedges


  1. Prepare by chilling all of the ingredients in the refrigerator ahead of time.
  2. Pour all ingredients into a large mixing container or punch bowl.
  3. Stir with a large spoon until everything is a nice deep pink color.
  4. Pour over ice and garnish!