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The Nigerian Chapman Cocktail Revised, Fresher And Better

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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The Nigerian Chapman Cocktail Revised, Fresher And Better

Nigerian Chapman Cocktail

Immaculate Ruému
This Nigerian Chapman cocktail replicates the original cucumber & citrus flavours of the classic drink but is fresher with an extra kick.
5 from 12 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine Nigerian
Servings 2
Calories 217 kcal


  • 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!



Calories: 217kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 26mg | Potassium: 184mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 180IU | Vitamin C: 45mg | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 1mg
Keyword: cocktail, Nigerian chapman
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10 Responses

  1. 5 stars
    I’m so glad you introduced me to this Nigerian Chapman Cocktail! I love classic cocktails, especially when gin is involved, but I haven’t really ventured to recipes outside of the States. This was so refreshing.

  2. 5 stars
    This drink was so deliciously crisp and refreshing! Love the combo of orange, lime, and gin. I paired this with some tacos and it was perfect.

  3. 5 stars
    Gotta love a refreshing alcoholic beverage. You’re helping me step up my home-bartendar game!

  4. 5 stars
    Kept seeing this recipe in my Instagram feed while following the Eat the Culture Virtual Black History Month Potluck and just knew I had to try it. I’m normally not a gin lover but this is the cocktail that has changed my mind. It’s so good, I can’t wait to make it again for some friends coming over this weekend!

  5. 5 stars
    As an avid Gin drinker I couldn’t wait to taste this. The Nigerian Chapman was surely worth the wait – it will be served at my next soiree.

  6. 5 stars
    This chapman was delicious! I served it at a dinner party and everyone loved it. A few friends asked for the recipe too.

  7. 5 stars
    This is one of my favorite cocktails but I hadn’t made it at home until finding your recipe. Delicious! Thank you!

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Chef Immaculate Ruému


I'm Immaculate, a trained chef that enjoys all that encompasses food. Exploring a variety of local international cuisines with the aim of ‘Breaking Global Culinary Boundaries’.

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