Chapman

Preparation info

  • Difficulty

    Easy

  • Makes

    2

    servings

Appears in

The Ghana Cookbook

By Fran Osseo-Asare and Barbara Baëta

Published 2015

  • About

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.

Ingredients

  • 2 to 8 tablespoons grenadine syrup, black currant syrup, pomegranate juice, or cranberry juices
  • Enough ice cubes to fill 2 tall glasses or beer mugs at least halfway
  • 1 cup chilled lemon-lime soda or similar soft drink
  • 1 cup chilled orange soda
  • 1 lemon (a slice for a garnish, and a good squeeze of juice, about 1 tablespoon, in each glass)
  • 1 lime (a slice or two for garnish, and a good squeeze of juice, about 1 tablespoon, in each glass)
  • Several unpeeled cucumber slices for each glass
  • Few shakes of Angostura bitters (less than teaspoon in each glass)

Method

Directions

  1. Chill all ingredients except for the bitters, and the two tall glasses or mugs.
  2. Pour desired amount of grenadine syrup into each chilled glass (1 to 4 tablespoons per glass), then add at least half a glass of ice cubes to each, followed by both sodas and then a squeeze of lemon and/or lime juice (or use either alone).
  3. Add the cucumber slices, and top it all off with a few good shakes of the Angostura bitters. Stir.

To serve

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.

Variations

  • To prevent the ice from melting and watering down the drink, make the ice cubes from additional Sprite, Fanta, or similar drink.
  • Adjust the proportions of any of the ingredients according to your taste preferences.
  • Omit either the lemon or lime, or substitute a few orange slices.
  • Vodka may be added with good success.