The Ikoyi Chapmans journey started for Mike and Garry Robinson in 1973 at The Ikoyi Club in Lagos, Nigeria. Their parents were based in West Africa for over 30 years and during school holidays Mike and Garry would go to The Ikoyi Club to play squash, tennis, golf and swim. After these exertions in the heat and humidity of West Africa, one of the Club barmen would mix the most amazing, refreshing, thirst-quenching drink that was popular with everyone. It had a unique taste like no other drink and to this day they have never tasted anything like it....until now, that is. The Ikoyi Club name for this drink was Chapmans.
In the 1980’s and back in the UK, Mike and Garry became professional squash players and they continued to mix and drink Chapmans as both a great thirst-quencher and a great social drink. After their squash years they also discovered that it is a great cocktail mixer, blending particularly well with gin, vodka and Prosecco...truly an all round drink to enjoy.
For many years now their dream has been to produce this drink for everyone to enjoy, and now the reality of this dream has begun.
Our First Bottling Run...
Our first commercial bottling run will be completed by the end of November. Our thanks go to; Amanda Barber of Doehler UK Ltd for her utmost patience in perfecting the transition of a complex hand-mixed drink into a commercial product; Sarah Chapman and Fred Wood at Campden BRI for their meticulous product testing; Heather, Tony, Jane and Ryan at Tony G Ltd for their design and marketing wisdom; Jonathan Luker at The Small Scale Bottling Company for his guidance and flexibility; and all our family and friends for their tasting research and feedback over the past 2 years.
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Mike Robinson: +44 (0)7774 637987
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Garry Robinson: +44 (0)7721 593320