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Meet Suzanah and Rhonda. Together, they launched an ice pop food truck from a 1969 camper. Their first flavors showcased a friend’s fabulous citrus grove. Towing the camper from FL to a CA music fest allowed road time to evaluate their business model & pivot by deconstructing some of their best pop recipes as the first Camp Craft Cocktails. So basically, Camp Craft Cocktails kind of started with summer camp, a citrus grove & a popsicle road trip. We love that. "We started our small business as a way to break out of the boxes that confined our dreams for our family. Camp is our love story. We are grateful for the opportunity to share with you and yours."
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.
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.
sarah

Sarah, Coordinator of Chaos and Community Communications Director

sarah@campcraftcocktails.com

If you could have a cocktail with anyone, living or dead, who would it be and why?
Obviously, Brandi Carlile. She is the epitome of a strong queer woman doing right in the world. Plus she can sing to me while we sip cocktails in the PNW.

Which of our kits do you most identify with and why?
The Pineapple Jalapeño because I will drink basically anything that has tequila in it.

What does camp mean to you?
Camp means second chances. Camp means community and couches to crash on and drinks around a fire. Camp means old friends and new friends and feeling welcome no matter the circumstance.
maria

Maria, Director of Community Outreach and More

maria@campcraftcocktails.com

If you could have a cocktail with anyone, living or dead, who would it be and why?
I would absolutely pick Anthony Bourdain. As an avid watcher of his shows and reader of his books and cookbooks he was a part of my life and held a seat at my table every evening for the last seven years. He revolutionized the way cooking shows should and could be, mixing traveling with the history of the food, culture and politics in such a non-judgmental and authentic way. He was welcomed and protected wherever he went. His death wrecked me, and the world is continuing to miss out on what he offered as person with his knowledge and genuine ways.

Which of our kits do you most identify with and why?
Apricot Cranberry Smash. To be honest I really like the hard K sounds the name of the kit provides! When leaning towards a spirit I am a lover of bourbon/whiskey and when in doubt will opt for that spirit. But the Apricot Cranberry Smash is beautiful in that it is versatile with all spirits and pairs so well with Gin, Spiced Rum, Vodka and Silver Tequila. It is the life of the party and plays well with others…my kind of kit.

What does camp mean to you?
Tequila is to a Margarita as Camp is to Community, it just fits. Camp to me is a means into people’s homes and to be part of their tribe. Camp is a holder of people no matter their religion, spirituality, gender, race, and journey. Camp is a community that is non-judgmental of the past, holds space for the present and nurtures the future path. Camp is a collective striving to build community by seeing, hearing and holding awareness and with a drink or two along the way.
Kristina

Kristina, Deputy Director of Community Outreach and More

kristina@campcraftcocktails.com

If you could have a cocktail with anyone, living or dead, who would it be and why?
Well, this is a hard question. Off the top of my head, I think it would be lovely to have a cocktail with Mary Oliver. I love her poetry and relate to the connection she finds with nature.

Which of our kits do you most identify with and why?
Hibiscus Ginger Lemon. I just love the sweet/floral combo of the hibiscus with the spice of the ginger. Plus, the jar is just so beautiful. It looks extra pretty on my shelf!

What does camp mean to you?
Inclusivity, Authenticity, and Community.
maxie

Maxie, Director of Mixology Education & Mad Science

maxie@campcraftcocktails.com

If you could have a cocktail with anyone, living or dead, who would it be and why?
I would share a springtime tipple with Emma Thompson. She is an example to me of the beauty and strength of navigating life with strength, thought, grace, and (above all) humor! And hopefully we'd have enough to end up dancing!

Which of our kits do you most identify with and why?
I identify most with Aromatic Citrus. It has hidden depths and is open to most things, provided it's done with care.

What does camp mean to you?
Support, creativity, and ideas that are both question and answer.
kimby

Kimby, Director of Operations

kimby@campcraftcocktails.com

If you could have a cocktail with anyone, living or dead, who would it be and why?
My dad, hands down. He was the absolute best person I've ever known. He was so kind and generous, loving, supportive, smart, and I know that I'm the luckiest person for having him as my dad. Though if I could add in a few more people, I would love to have a cocktail with Prince, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Freddy Mercury, and Dave Chappelle. With that amount of intellect, humor, culture, and talent, I can only imagine the conversations we would have. I'm smiling just thinking about it!

Which of our kits do you most identify with and why?
I would have to say that I identify most with the Pineapple Jalapeño. I'm Southern so I have that sweet side of me that is welcoming and loving. On the reverse, I'm also fun, spicy, and adventurous, which comes through with the jalapeño. It's a crowd favorite (I'm always the host), very versatile, and has a lot of depth to it that you get to experience with each sip.

What does camp mean to you?
This one is tricky because Camp means so much to me. It means community, and having support in ways I never expected. I have felt so appreciated and valued since I've been here, and Camp has helped lift and guide me through hard times and good times. The friendships that I've made here I know will stay with me for a lifetime. Camp means love, support, appreciation, guidance, and home. I'm grateful to Camp for so many things, and I'm excited about what all is yet to come.
Sam

Sam, Production and Facilities Manager

If you could have a cocktail with anyone, living or dead, who would it be and why?
My Grandma Rose. She was my favorite person. She had so many struggles but still kept her head up. She always had the best stories and I feel like I did not get to hear all of them.

Which of our kits do you most identify with and why?
Hot Toddy! Warm, friendly, and with a little spice thrown in.

What does camp mean to you?
Camp is family. A place where everyone from all walks of life are welcome. Camp celebrates and welcomes the differences in everyone. I could not imagine a life without Camp.
alexandria

Alexandria, Production and Research

If you could have a cocktail with anyone, living or dead, who would it be and why?
I think that if I could have a cocktail with anyone, I would choose my great grandmother. She passed when I was very young, but from the pictures I've seen and the stories I've heard, she was absolutely fabulous and classy, but a very fun time.

Which of our kits do you most identify with and why?
I would identify with Mountain Pass. Something about there being citrus, but also thyme and some apples, makes me feel like it's exciting, but gentle and cozy.

What does camp mean to you?
For me, Camp always seems to mean whatever I need it to mean in that moment. Camp is safe, and challenging, gentle, and bold. Camp means community and inspiration and excitement.
haley

Haley, Shift Lead - Production

If you could have a cocktail with anyone, living or dead, who would it be and why?
Vincent VanGogh. I’ve been a fan of his art since I was super young, and a book of letters he wrote is one of the first books I ever bought. He’s just a fascinating man. I have a ton of questions for him about the life he led, the experiences he had navigating mental illness, and turning his turmoil into something everyone can relate to and enjoy. Plus, historically, the man knows how to party.

Which of our kits do you most identify with and why?
I love any of the slightly savory jars. Aromatic Citrus and Mountain Pass are probably my favorites. I relate to them because they’re a bit subdued, yet complex.

What does camp mean to you?
Camp is all about community and connections. I am so blessed to be able to see people who I care about every single day, and together we make an artistic bouquet of ingredients that is just waiting to bring more people together. Camp is a celebration of people coming together at all stages of life, and it’s beautiful to see!
Lydel

Lydel, Production

If you could have a cocktail with anyone, living or dead, who would it be and why?
Jimi Hendrix...so I could experience first hand, behind the comfort of a cocktail, his legacy and the amplified art of fluidly harnessing experimental sounds into a distorted blues anthem.

Which of our kits do you most identify with and why?
Hibiscus Ginger Lemon - because I love all these things and often drink Hibiscus Tea for its health benefits anyway!

What does camp mean to you? Camp is my happy place. It's somewhere all are truly welcome. In a strangely encouraging way I feel like I'm challenged to be myself and get to know myself more than I ever have.
Kathryn

Kathryn, Shipping Lead

If you could have a cocktail with anyone, living or dead, who would it be and why? If I could have a cocktail with anyone it would be with my dad because he was my hero growing up and I would want to thank him for being a great dad growing up.

Which of our kits do you most identify with and why?
The kit I identify with most is Pineapple Jalapeño because I’m very bright and refreshing but I also have a little kick to my personality.

What does camp mean to you?
Camp means teamwork to me because I used to be a Girl Scout and at camp we would always have a buddy to help us with anything.
elise

Elise, Production

If you could have a cocktail with anyone, living or dead, who would it be and why? I'd love to have a drink with Barack Obama because I admire him as a speaker and would love to hear stories from while he was president and what life was like before then.

Which of our kits do you most identify with and why?
I most identify with Cranberry Martini because I like to make a statement and leave the crowd wanting more.

What does camp mean to you?
Camp means a home away from home, and a family not related by blood.
abby

Abby, Production

If you could have a cocktail with anyone, living or dead, who would it be and why? Marilyn Monroe because we could discuss all of the films she’s been in.

Which of our kits do you most identify with and why?

Brunch Punch because brunch is one
of my favorite things and it’s simple and sweet

What does camp mean to you?
It means a lot, we are all like a family!
Alex

Alex, Production

If you could have a cocktail with anyone, living or dead, who would it be and why? Probably Socrates, because no one's last drink should be hemlock.

Which of our kits do you most identify with and why?

Hibiscus Ginger Lemon: it's been here from the beginning, it's adaptable and works with anything, and my favorite color is purple!

What does camp mean to you?
Camp means working in a community of great people who know how to make great drinks.
Lauren

Lauren, Production

If you could have a cocktail with anyone, living or dead, who would it be and why? Mark Twain is one of my favorite authors due to his incredible wit. I would love to just relax and laugh with him, maybe hear some stories about being an anti-imperialist and abolitionist lecturer.

Which of our kits do you most identify with and why?
I feel a kinship with many of our kits, but I really love the strong, sweet citrus of Sangria. Wine is one of my favorite drinks, so I love being able to incorporate our flavors into it!

What does camp mean to you?
Camp means being able to give my time and labor to a community that gives back in so many ways. Camp means communion with amazing individuals, the natural beauty of food, and my own psyche.

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