A good friend brought my husband and I a beautiful bottle of Flor de Cana 12 Year Old Rum as our anniversary present recently.


Trying it straight, I found this rum pretty mellow and some what weak in flavour. After a few sips you could start picking up hints of caramel and dark chocolate, which was nice as it didn’t feel heavy and super indulgent- which you find with other dark rums. The downside to this rum was the intense smell of petrol that came from it, I found it off-putting and pretty harsh on the senses. If I did not find the smell too overbearing, I would have happily enjoyed this straight.


Stepping away from trying to enjoy Flor de Cana 12 Year Old Rum straight, I decided to try and make my own version of the classic Dark ’n’ Stormy cocktail. I have heard many horror stories of this cocktail. It is one that seems deceivingly simple, but if you mess up the measurements, can go horribly wrong.

Served in a highball glass
– 60 ml Flor de
Cana 12 Year Old Rum

– 100 ml Bundaberg Ginger Beer
– Squeeze of fresh lime juice
– Lime wedge to garnish
– Ice

I poured the Bundaberg Ginger Beer into a highball glass full of ice. I squeezed half a lime into the glass and allowed the fizz to settle. Once settled, I added the dark rum on top –  I find that when you let the fizz from the ginger beer and lime juice to settle,  the rum simply sits on top of the ginger beer and creates the infamous two tones associated with a Dark ’n’ Stormy.


I must admit, this was so good! Super refreshing and super light. I would recommend you give this a try and allow your socks to be blown cleanly off!


Let me know what you think. Enjoy my loves x