Top 5 Must Know Facts About Nigeria’s Famous Chapman Drink

Chapman Drink

Nigeria’s famous Chapman drink, otherwise known as the Sangria of West Africa, is the perfect antidote to a hot summer’s day. Here are five facts you need to know about Nigeria’s number one cocktail including information on LaCasera’s Smoov Chapman drink. 

1. Mysterious Origins 

The origins of Chapman are still shrouded in mystery, with no serious claims to the drink having emerged. Could there be a connection to the surname “Chapman” which itself means a person who moves from place to place selling goods? We’ll let you decide.

2. Make Chapman at Home

The drink’s basic ingredients consist of grenadine syrup, orange, lemon and Angostura Aromatic Bitters. Some people also add Ribena which gives the drink its distinctive red appearance and sweetens the taste. Another great option for mixing up the traditional recipe is replacing Angostura Aromatic Bitters with Orijin Bitters. Check out a fantastic recipe from our friends at All Nigerian Recipes which you can use for making your very own Chapman at home.

3. Don’t Forget the Ice

In order to make sure you have the ultimate Chapman experience, serve in a pint glass with ice cubes and garnish with cucumber slices.

4. Watch Out for the Alcohol

Don’t forget that the typical recipe for Chapman is not completely alcohol free. This is because Chapman tends to contain a dash or two of Angostura Aromatic Bitters which is 44 per cent alcohol. For those looking to up the ratchet a little, you can of course add some vodka, campari or another spirit of your choosing.

5. Smoov Chapman

Chapman Drink Alcohol

A dash or two of Angostura Bitters is normally added to Chapman.

In September 2014, the first ready-to-drink Chapman was released into the Nigerian market. The drink, called “Smoov Chapman”, was released by the producers of the LaCasera drink at the modest price of 100 Naira per bottle. At the time of Smoov Chapman’s release, the media reported that the drink was alcohol-free. However, since then many people have pointed out that one of the ingredients of Smoov Chapman is “Angostura Extract”.

For those who don’t know, Angostura aromatic bitters contains 44.7% alcohol content and because of this, Nigerians have been asking does Angostura Extract contain alcohol? Our best guess is that either the Angostura Extract used in Smoov Chapman does not contain alcohol or is used in such small quantities that the drink does not qualify as alcoholic. Either way, we hope LeCasera is able to shed some light on this issue as soon as possible.

Did you know? The Angostura Aromatic Bitters used in Chapman drink are said to contain significant health benefits ranging from increased blood circulation to acting as a diuretic. 


  1. Abdoul

    March 21, 2015 at 2:51 pm

    I really like the CHAPMAN Drink @first, but when i heard abt da 44% Alcohol in it,plus,my RELIGION forbids ALCOHOL,so my love for it starts fading gradually until i found out it was true. i wld like LACASERA Company,the makers of da drink to please explain to people what is all abt. the CHAPMAN is in diff. forms,there is da ALCOHOIC,NON-ALCOLIC etc, so that people like me can be free from taking one. Tnks.

  2. Adekunle

    March 23, 2015 at 10:17 pm

    We are yet 2 receive any response or reaction from la’casera producers concerning d allegation

  3. Yahya

    April 7, 2015 at 10:54 pm

    The producer should out and explain to the public the function of angostura extract in the drink and reason for putting it. This is just supposed to soft drink(nonalcoholic beverage).

  4. Sadiq Ess bEE

    April 9, 2015 at 9:50 pm

    what is delaying the Lacaseera company to come and address d issues arising on d smoov chapman drink? If they can not address us, den we shall soon create awareness to people to stop buying their products, the matter at hand is pregnant, and unless we do dexterity, if not we may get a still boy…..

    • Mohammed

      July 28, 2015 at 10:00 am

      Agree with Sadiq. We need answers.

      • Nigeria Share Team

        July 28, 2015 at 10:05 am

        Sadiq and Mohammed. We agree that it would be helpful if Lacasera could provide answers. We will reach out to them and post if we receive a reply.

  5. suleman manzo

    May 17, 2015 at 11:15 am

    we want to know the function of angostura to the system and what the religion of lslam said about angostura.

  6. Shamsudeen

    May 23, 2015 at 10:37 pm

    Chapman is alcoholic is mix wit angosura extract tree

  7. Bibii

    July 7, 2015 at 8:07 am

    please lacasera reply our answers, i really love dis drink bt i wanna knw if its halal or haram for mi to take it. Does it contain alcohol or not?

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