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Camp began with popsicles, a 1969 camper food truck, and a cross country road trip. After towing thousands of their handcrafted Bold City Pops in their vintage camper to the 2016 Desert Trip music festival in California, Suzanah Raffield and Rhonda Stringfellow knew they wanted to build even more community, so they deconstructed favorite pop recipes to pivot toward a shippable product. The concept of working in community was ignited during their years as camp staff. Distilling down all that they loved from their tenure as camp directors to the perfect name and mission for their business, Camp Craft Cocktails was born on I-10, with flavors that beg to be shared, and a soul for creating community. 


Camp Rules


Camp is more than cocktails-- it’s a mission to build longer tables where everyone is welcome, and everyone belongs. You can sit with us, and please share your story. We want slow sips and long talks, acceptance, and a willingness to open your mind to others. Camp wants to listen and learn, to grow and stretch as a company, and as the individuals that make up Camp Staff. Let’s toast together, friends.


Suzanah

Suzanah Raffield, Owner

suzanah@campcraftcocktails.com

If you could have a cocktail with anyone, living or dead, who would it be and why? Sue Monk Kidd. I'd chat with Sue about power dynamics in religious life and how her book Dance of the Dissident Daughter stopped me in my tracks.

Which of our kits do you most identify with and why?
My forever favorite, Camp Aromatic Citrus. It is the perfect balance of savory and sweet.

What does camp mean to you?
Everyone belongs.
Rhonda

Rhonda Stringfellow, Owner

rhonda@campcraftcocktails.com

If you could have a cocktail with anyone, living or dead, who would it be and why?
Juliette Gordon Low, the founder of Girl Scouts, was a persistent rule breaker. I'd love to swap stories with her.

Which of our kits do you most identify with and why?
Aromatic Citrus. This was a most excellent ice pop flavor of our first company, Bold City Pops. It was named Citra Milano in honor of the citrus grove keeper who fueled our recipes and the hills outside Milan where rosemary and thyme grow wild. A cocktail that can conjure person and place is a powerful sip.

What does camp mean to you?
I've always wanted the rest of the world to function like summer camp. At its best, camp fosters personal growth and excellent skills. I strive to make sure my contribution to Camp Craft Cocktails encourages growth and skill development. Also, looking for a way to use my vast campfire building and song skill sets in 2021.
Chelsea

Chelsea Harrelson, Director of Operations

chelsea@campcraftcocktails.com

If you could have a cocktail with anyone, living or dead, who would it be and why?
I would most definitely want to share a cocktail with Patti Smith. Hearing her stories about Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs and Hunter S Thompson would be amazing but mostly I want to hear about all her stories of being unrelenting in not allowing expectations of her to infiltrate her performances. Also, have you read Just Kids? She's a beautiful writer. Why would anyone not want to drink with such a wonderful person? 


Which of our kits do you most identify with and why?
Old Fashioned for sure. The Old Fashioned is sweet and bitter while packing a powerful punch. I feel like this most accurately represents who I am or at the very least who I strive to be. I feel the most influential people are those that calmly listen and maintain leveled headed in all situations, while keeping confident and assertive all in one. 


What does camp mean to you?
Camp means community. I never got to go to camp as a kid but based on what I always imagined it would be like, it is a place all walks of life go and develop lifelong friendships all while facilitating your skills to be stretched and grow and learn skills you may not have gotten to learn before while being in a safe and welcoming environment. 

Lauren

Lauren, Relationship Specialist for Wholesale and Retail

lauren@campcraftcocktails.com

If you could have a cocktail with anyone, living or dead, who would it be and why?
Zora Neale Hurston was an amazing author and anthropologist, known for "Their Eyes Were Watching God." Besides being one of the most intelligent, fearless, and driven persons of the early 1900s, she was known to charm an entire room with her flair for the dramatic. This bright and powerful woman was also raised in Eatonville, Florida, which was so near my own hometown(relatively). I'd love to hear some of those enthralling stories over a cocktail with her!

Which of our kits do you most identify with and why?
After working in our Kitchen for almost 2 years, I find myself more and more identifying with the Hibiscus Ginger Lemon. I love the diverse, apothecaric ingredients of that kit, which combines the three ingredients in its name. It tastes delicious, but the flavor isn't straight-forward; it's bright yet grounding, sweet yet tart.

What does camp mean to you?
Camp means whimsy and connection and indulgence. Camp to me is a return to the animalistic base of humanity and finding that all we need is to find joy in and respect for each other as members of the human camp.

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