Happy National Honeybee Day! August 18 is a day to bring awareness to the bee industry and the importance of the work that honeybees do to pollinate plants and to keep our food supply thriving and diverse. At Sonesta, we celebrate and promote honeybees year-round , with protected bees hard at work at several of our hotels throughout the US. We provide the bees a protected environment, and in turn they provide delicious honey for our guests to enjoy in food and drinks.

If you are in San Francisco, stop by The Clift Royal Sonesta Hotel for The Hive Mentality.

The Hive Mentality

The Hive Mentality, $16
2oz Fords Gin
¾ oz Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice
¾ oz Honey Lavender Syrup (Made with our raw honey from the Rooftop hives of The Clift Royal Sonesta Hotel San Francisco.)

Shaken and strained into a rocks glass over a large cube of ice.

In Baltimore, The Bees Knees Cocktail has been added to the menu and will be available year-round in Explorers at Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Baltimore.

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The Bees Knees, $12
2oz Locally Distilled Sloop Betty Honey Vodka
¾ oz lime juice
1 oz. of simple syrup
Lemon Peel Garnish


Our Sonesta honeybees also make for a great story!

Why are there 30,000 bees on top of the Chase Park Plaza Royal Sonesta Hotel in St. Louis? A local news station recently came out to inspect the bee hives, where honeybees are working round-the-clock.

The number of bees in nature is dwindling, and The Chase is home to the bees not primarily for their production of honey but to provide a protected place where they can come and go freely, providing their much-needed services. The Sonesta culture of caring often extends to our natural surroundings; in this case the honey just sweetens the deal!

You can watch the segment here.

You never know what our chefs will be making with the honey they harvest. Stay tuned to our blog for future stories and recipes.