Gombo Mixed Drink

Easy Gombo Mixed Drink Recipe

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  • Total: 3 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 cocktail (1 serving)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
171 Calories
1g Fat
39g Carbs
3g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1 cocktail (1 serving)
Amount per serving
Calories 171
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 3781mg 164%
Total Carbohydrate 39g 14%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Protein 3g
Calcium 47mg 4%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This gombo recipe is a fun and simple drink that is refreshing, tall, and sure to quench your thirst. While it is easy, the gombo is full of flavor and it may even become one of your new favorites. It's a quick one to mix up by the pitcher too, so it's a fantastic choice for brunch, cookouts, and other casual gatherings.

In the gombo, you simply mix the popular Captain Morgan Spiced Rum with orange juice and Mountain Dew. The spice is very subtle behind the citrus, adding a layer of flavor that isn't found in straight orange drinks like the screwdriver. The soda also adds some interest by lightening up the juice base.


  • 1 1/2 ounces spiced rum (Captain Morgan)
  • 1 1/2 ounces orange juice
  • 3 ounces Mountain Dew

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Build the ingredients in a highball glass filled with ice.

  3. Serve and enjoy!


  • If you have a preference for it, Diet Mountain Dew also works well in the gombo.
  • Mountain Dew has a grapefruit-orange flavor and you can use nearly any citrus soda as an alternative. For instance, you might like your gombo with a grapefruit soda such as Squirt or Fresca or a lemon-lime soda like Sprite or 7-Up.
  • Take a few minutes to squeeze fresh orange juice because it always makes for better drinks. The average orange will produce about 2 to 3 ounces of orange juice, which is enough for one to two gombos. To get more juice out of an orange, warm it up and roll it firmly against a hard surface before you squeeze it.

Recipe Variation

It's easy to mix up a pitcher of gombos to serve several guests so you're not stuck making drinks all day. Simply keep the ratio at 1:1:2. For example, to make a batch of eight servings, combine 1 1/2 cups spiced rum, 1 1/2 cups orange juice, and 3 cups soda.

  • To retain the soda's fizz, make it up immediately before serving. 
  • It's better to add ice to the glasses rather than the pitcher.
  • If you want to prepare it ahead of time, mix the rum and orange juice in the pitcher, then add the soda before you pour the individual drinks.

How Strong Is a Gombo?

The gombo is a relatively gentle drink which is why it's great for casual sipping on lazy days and for happy hour. On average, it mixes up to around 10 percent ABV (20 proof) and that's a normal strength for highballs. Do be aware, however, that the taste can trick your taste buds into wanting more and it is very easy to drink a few too many if you're not careful!

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