Carolyn Sims

Carolyn is a self-taught home bar and cocktail enthusiast. She enjoys a drink on the porch in the evening and is a strong believer that you can never have too many glassware options. She is the creator and curator of @CarolinaVerbena, featuring the cocktails she mixes up at home with her husband and two cats. Carolyn lives in Atlanta, GA, but is a nomad at heart who loves to explore the world one sip (or bite) at a time.

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Brighten up your weekend with this fresh and tart lemony Gin cocktail.


April 24, 2021
Lemon Rosemary Sour

Brighten up your weekend with this fresh and tart lemony Gin cocktail recipe.

A deep yellow-colored Bourbon cocktail displayed in a rocks glass over one large cube of ice, garnished with a pineapple frond, and resting on a red book about whiskies with a green plant in the background


March 27, 2021
Back for Seconds

Bourbon, pineapple, and ginger oh my! Usher in Spring with this tasty Bourbon-based tipple.

A creamy, pale yellow Gin cocktail displayed in a simple coupe glass and garnished with dried chamomile leaves, resting on a wooden table with a beautiful arrangement of white and pale blue flowers in a vase sitting behind it


March 6, 2021
Floral Gin Sour

Add a beautiful floral touch to a classic Gin Sour.

Margarita displayed in a rocks glass rimmed with salt and garnished with an orange twist, sitting outside on a black railing with green plants behind it


February 22, 2021
Rainy Day Margarita

Celebrate National Margarita Day with this fresh, juice-forward, classic Margarita recipe.

A grapefruit Margarita displayed in a beautiful hobnob cocktail glass, garnished with a slice of grapefruit and fresh rosemary sprig, sitting on two white marble coasters with lime and grapefruit halves sitting around it


January 9, 2021
Blackberry Ginger Smash

A festive, refreshing, and versatile cocktail to make all year long.

A creamy Espresso Martini displayed in a vintage Martini glass, sitting on a wooden coaster inside a bronze tray with a green plant in the background and espresso beans sprinkled beside it


November 21, 2020
Espresso Martini

A creamy and delicious Espresso Martini recipe to add a little oomph to your holiday season.

A mirror topped pewter tray sitting next to a window and displaying a selection of cocktail-making tools and fruit such as a cocktail shaker, strainer, lemons, and limes


October 27, 2020
The Cocktail Tools, Mixers and Garnishes Every Home Bar Needs

In this edition of "Cocktails with Carolyn," discover the final elements you need to complete your home bar.

A mirror topped pewter tray sitting next to a window and displaying a selection of liqueurs and fortified wines such as Gran Gala and Dry Orange Curaçao


October 20, 2020
Must-Have Liqueurs, Fortified Wines and Bitters for Your Home Bar

In this edition of "Cocktails with Carolyn," find out about the "supporting cast" your home bar needs to help you transform good drinks into exceptional ones.

Three crystal decanters sitting side by side, filled with Vodka, Bourbon and Gin respectively, sitting outside on a basket-woven tray with a giant green fern in the background and a small pink flower in the foreground


October 13, 2020
5 Liquors Every Home Bar Should Have

In this edition of "Cocktails with Carolyn," find out what spirits you need to create both classic and inventive cocktails from the comfort of your own home.

A collection of 6 empty coupe glasses displayed on and around a large, round, agate tray


October 6, 2020
Essential Cocktail Glasses for Your Home Bar

In this edition of "Cocktails with Carolyn," learn everything you need to know about choosing glassware for your home bar. From rocks glasses to snifters to “what the heck is a coupe,” find out which ones you need, which ones you don’t, and what drink goes best in what glass.

A portrait of blonde haired @CarolinaVerbena, smiling wide as she holds a Gin & Tonic garnished with mint and a slice of grapefruit, and looks off into the distance


September 29, 2020
Cocktails with Carolyn: The Girl Behind the Glass

Introducing "Cocktails with Carolyn," a cocktail column aimed at helping you create the ultimate cocktail bar experience safely and socially-distanced at home.