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Cruzan_Houston_Bar 2Cheryl Gibbs, Capt. Foxheart’s Bad News Bar & Spirit Lodge – Houston, TX

Inspiration: This cocktail is a nod Houston’s long history as port town. The city’s ship channel is one of the most used in the United States and the French rooted name references the country (France) that exported herbs and spices like the cardamom and bay leaves featured in this cocktail to Texas.

Signature Cocktail Recipe: Cruzan® La Porte

2 parts Cruzan® Estate Diamond® Light Rum

3/4 part fresh squeezed Lemon Juice

3/4 part Cardamom-Bay Leaf-Serrano syrup


Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker over ice and shake. Strain into a rocks glass with fresh ice.

Homemade Cardamom-Bay Leaf-Serrano Syrup

1/4 cup Green Cardamom Pods

10 dried Bay Leaves

2 cups Water

1 sliced Serrano Pepper

4 cups Sugar


Combine Pods and Bay Leaves in a pot and toast on low heat until fragrant. Add 2 cups of Water and Serrano Pepper slices on high heat and bring to a boil. Add 4 cups of Sugar and stir until dissolved. Remove from heat, and strain and chill. Will last for 7 days if refrigerated.


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