This Nigerian Chapman cocktail is the revised version of the common drink you can find only in Nigerian restaurants. The refreshing drink is usually made as a punch with a base of orange and lemon sodas. Alongside, grenadine syrup and a touch of Angostura bitters poured over a mix of sliced fruits, cucumber and ice. Unlike the popular Hibiscus beverage (zobo), the Nigerian Chapman is not a popular go-to beverage for gatherings or potlucks. Likewise, it is a great accompaniment to popular Nigerian dishes like Jollof. Although, it is delicious and a favourite to many Nigerians, it is unclear why this beverage still lurks in the dark.
Tools you will need to make the chapman cocktail:
- cocktail shaker.
- a shot glass or Measuring Jigger.
- Serving glass.
- pestle or a cocktail muddler.
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In the spirit of Afrofuturism, I have decided to put a spin on this refreshing drink. Hence, I’m taking a simple punch full of sugary sodas and revising it into an elegant cocktail. My Nigerian Chapman cocktail focuses on freshness. Using the juice of oranges and lime with a base of mashed cucumbers. Thus, replicating the day-old taste of cucumbers pickling in a punch. Similarly, the original Chapman is typically best enjoyed after chilling overnight in the refrigerator. I retained the core refreshing taste from the cucumbers and fizzling effect with the use of soda water. Therefore the only difference is that it’s fresher, with an addition of dry gin that turns it up a notch.
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Nigerian Chapman Cocktail
- 30 g Chopped cucumber
- 1 Orange
- 1 Lime
- 1 shot Grenadine syrup
- 5 drops Angostura bitters
- 180 ml Soda water
- 2 shots Dry gin
- handful Ice cubes
- Chop the cucumbers into cubes, toss them into a cocktail shaker and mash with a pestle or a cocktail muddler.
- Squeeze in the juice of one orange, pour in the dry gin, grenadine, angostura bitters and squeeze in the juice of one lime.
- Cover the cocktail shaker with its lid and shake vigorously.
- Place some ice cubes into cocktail glasses, place a sieve on top and pour in the shaken mixture.
- Finish with some soda water and add a slice of cucumber to garnish. Enjoy!
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