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This gombo cocktail recipe is a fun and simple drink that is refreshing, tall, and sure to quench any thirst. It is a very easy drink that is mixed directly in the glass, requiring just three ingredients. While it may not seem like anything special just by reading the recipe, the finished drink is very fun and flavorful. It may even become one of your new favorites, especially for brunch or around the pool.
In the gombo, you simply mix that popular spiced rum, Captain Morgan, with orange juice and Mountain Dew grapefruit-citrus soda. The spice is very subtle behind the citrus, adding a layer of flavor that isn't in straight orange drinks like the screwdriver cocktail. The soda also adds some interest by lightening up the juice base.
Stir well and serve.
Making a Pitcher of Gombo
You can make up a pitcher of gombo to serve several guests, keeping the ratio at 1-to-1.5-to-3. Because of the soda, you should make it up immediately before serving to retain the fizz. If you want to prepare it ahead of time, mix the rum and orange juice in the pitcher. Add the soda immediately before serving.
For eight drinks:
1 cup Captain Morgan Spiced Rum
1.5 cups orange juice
3 cups Mountain Dew soda
For 16 drinks:
2 cups Captain Morgan Spiced Rum
3 cups orange juice
6 cups Mountain Dew soda
More Tips on the Gombo
If you're watching your weight or simply have a preference for it, Diet Mountain Dew also works well in the gombo.
Regular Mountain Dew has caffeine. While you likely expect caffeine in a cola or coffee drink, some people are not aware that it is in Mountain Dew. You might not mind that if you are enjoying a gombo for brunch, but ensure your guests aren't avoiding caffeine. You can switch to the caffeine-free Mountain Dew version or substitute another grapefruit soda such as Squirt or Fresca that doesn't have caffeine.
A lemon-lime soda like Sprite or 7-Up is also a nice alternative. Interestingly, Mountain Dew lists only orange juice as an ingredient, yet many describe it as having a grapefruit flavor. You could try an orange soda as an alternative as well.
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 gombo cocktails. To get more juice out of an orange, warm it up and roll it firmly against a hard surface before you squeeze it.