• Gathering the Girl Tribe

    When we were little our mom, like every other mom out there, forced Belinda and I to share. For most our lives we shared a room and no matter how hard we tried to label or hide our things, we learned to live with the fact that our sister was going to steal our stuff. Everything from makeup to clothes and even hobbies we learned to share. Sure, I didn’t love it when Belinda stretched out all my shoes with her big foot feet and I am sure Belinda wasn’t thrilled when I would steal her quirky clothes that I would never buy for myself because my taste was far…

  • The Fireside Sipper you Need to Make Tonight: the Huckleberry Spruce Tip Old Fashioned

    Need the perfect Fall drink for comfy chair snuggling, cozy sweater wearing, great book reading, nights by the fire? Of course you do. We all do. That’s what Fall is all about, Charlie Brown. And I’ve got the recipe – and the simple syrup!- for you! Imagine that cozy chair, that soft sweater, those warm slippers, that stormy night outside- what’s in your cup? You deserve something new. Something that wakes you up just a bit, intriguing you with its flavors even as it mellows you right back down in a warm whiskey glow. Something that tastes like a classic, revisited and renewed. You’ll need Huckleberry Spruce Tip syrup, so click…

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    Farewell to August Cocktail: A Marionberry Mint Simple Goodness Syrup recipe

    August is waning but my thirst for a craft cocktail shared with friends isn’t. Once my mid-August birthday rounds the bend, I know summer is coming to an end. My birthday typically coincides with the Perseif meteor showers, the hottest days of the summer, and lots of days on the lake. Recently, the Pacific Northwest has seen so much summer smoke from wildfires that August has been far less enjoyable than the long, hot, lazy days of my summers’ past, and some Seattlites with hazy eyes and burning throats are praying for rain and pinning pumpkin recipes on pinterest. But not me. I believe every season is owed its time…

  • Simple Goodness Syrups: Marionberry Mint & a Garden Mule cocktail

    Simple Goodness Syrups have launched, shipped, and wowed their first customers. After a humorously inefficient first shipping process (picture 8 months pregnant Venise carrying an armful of boxes into fedex twenty minutes before closing, and the lady behind the counter looking wary at best) the first shipped bottles are in the hands of customers across the USA and that feels really, really good. We are so proud to share a taste of the Pacific Northwest summer through these first edition Simple Goodness Sister Syrup flavors. We also sold a ton of bottles at the Garlic and Goats Festival at Venise’s farm last weekend to our local community and couldn’t stop…

  • Simple Goodness Sisters Presents Simple Goodness Syrups!

    We’re launching online sales of our Simple Goodness Syrups. This moment is about 2 years, or 30 years in the making, depending on your perspective. Appropriately, this new venture of ours is launching the week of International Sisterhood Day. My sister and I have been sisters since my birth in 1988 and business partners since earlier this year. But the seed for the Simple Goodness Syrups was really planted in 2016, at my very first Happy Camper Cocktail Company event when a guest handed me her business card and asked if I would consider selling our drink syrups in her retail store. (Note to self, time to call!) Venise continued…

  • A Fan Favorite: The Genevieve

    Our friends are as much a part of our success as our family and this fan favorite Happy Camper Cocktail original recipe is in honor of one of our besties, Genevieve. Genevieve was one of the OG Happy Campers who offered her critique on everything from the Happy Camper logo to the cocktail menu and this recipe is one that she insisted we put on our menu at our very first event. It was recently featured on SipNorthwest.com as a feature cocktail. It can be a little complex with the Rhubarb Vanilla Bean Simple Syrup, but our already bottled Rhubarb Vanilla Bean simple syrup makes this fancy cocktail a breeze!…

  • Tarragon and Quince Cocktail Recipe

    The Tarragon is currently reaching the end of it’s productivity in the herb garden on the farm but before it goes there is still time to enjoy it’s licorice tangy flavor in a cocktail.  If you are growing tarragon in your garden, you will want to watch it for flowering (the flowers don’t actually flower, they just make little buds) and the yellowing of the leaves towards the end of your growing season. When you start to see these tell tale signs that fall is near you should start to harvest and think about how to store it through the winter. My favorite way to store Tarragon is to freeze…

  • Belinda’s dispatch from the road: Happy Camper Cocktails’ summer 2017

    2017-2018 was, excuse my language, a helluva year. It was a BIG year of growth for me,  personally and professionally, with Happy Camper Cocktail Company. On a professional level, there were weddings that made me laugh, cry, and over-caffeinate. We did our first brand promotion partnership with a major corporation. We crafted celebrations & intimate executive retreats for top Seattle area companies. Happy Camper Cocktails served corporate employee picnics for some major local players. We even moved forward on our new catering kitchen space in Wilkeson and our Simple Goodness Syrups collaboration with Venise, but those are subjects for future blogs! And then right in the middle of it all,…

  • Floats for the Fight: Wilkeson Handcar Races

    Washington state is filled with small towns that were once booming logging, coal mining and railroad towns. One of our favorites, Wilkeson, is just 5 minutes down the road from us in the foothills of Mount Rainier. Along the route to the Northwest entrance of Mount Rainier, Wilkeson has a population of 486 full time residents and relies heavily on the support of tourists who travel through the town on their way to hike along the Carbon River or Mowich Lake. One of the best weekends to visit Wilkeson is during the annual Handcar Races. On the third Saturday in July of every year local teams race railroad handcars on an…

  • The answer to the question: What are you going to do now?

    If I ever write an autobiography, June 16, 2017 will be the end of part one because that is the first time I truly felt like a grown up. Ironically, it is also the day I quit my “grown up” job. Never before have I felt more in charge of my own life, and at risk of sounding cliche, my own destiny, than the day I decided to tell my boss to “take this job and shove it”. Of course I didn’t use those exact words and I tried to be as professional as possible on my way out, which for a no holds barred, notorious truth teller, was very…