This red, refreshing drink comes by way of Nigeria. It appears the Chapman was popularized in Nigeria during the mid-1960s, and there was even a canned red “Fanta Chapman.” Nigeria’s influence continues to spread in Ghana, and the Chapman is a user-friendly drink that can make its home anywhere. The Chapman is a popular social drink among Muslim adults in Nigeria who abstain from alcohol. The bitters and cucumber add subtle but distinctive flavors to the drink, and the ice prevents it from excessive sweetness. A hallmark of the drink is its signature red color. The ingredients used to obtain that hue vary, ranging from black currant syrup to pomegranate juice to cranberry juice.
Garnish the drinks with lemon, lime, and/or cucumber slices. Along with lime or lemon slices, experiment garnishing with such ingredients as banana or orange slices, mint leaves, or a sugarcane swizzle stick.
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