by Victoria Bourne
Have cocktails, will travel. That’s the Camp Cocktail ethos.
It suits owner Sam Harriss, a bohemian blonde with a traveler’s soul, an artistic bent and a strong love for outlaw country types like Townes Van Zandt and Waylon Jennings.
Harriss was 21 when she bid on a 1959 Airstream late one night – and won. It was a turning point, she says, and it’s been hard to pin her down since. She’s crossed this country seven times now, visiting national parks or drawn to literary haunts, a canine companion ever by her side.
In 2014 she founded Camp Cocktail, her mobile bartending business, on the Outer Banks. It was fueled by a food-truck revelation and a need to constantly move, the
36-year-old says. From the window of a remodeled 1969 Shasta camper trailer, Harriss and her merry band of helpers sling homespun libations created with fresh-from-the-garden ingredients.
They aim for a good time wrapped in a vintage vibe. And they love a good road trip.