The bees are back at The Clift Royal Sonesta Hotel! During the hotel’s recent renovation, the bees were relocated for their wellbeing, but it has been confirmed that they are back and producing honey; about 10 gallons will be jarred and available for retail sale. They have clearly been busy!

As August 14 is World Honeybee Day, we are celebrating bees, and our Sonesta bees in particular, with a cocktail recipe.

The honey of the resident bees at The Clift is utilized in recipes at the hotel, including at the Redwood Room, where the Irish Bee Sting is a favorite. This cocktail is a mix of Red Breast 12yr Irish Whiskey, lemon juice, The Clift’s rooftop honey syrup, and Liquid Alchemist Ginger Syrup, with a lemon twist, and candied ginger, served over a large ice cube.

In the past, The Clift has also featured the bees’ honey in The Hive Mentality, a blend of Fords Gin, fresh squeezed lemon juice, and honey lavender syrup, shaken, strained, and served over a large ice cube.

Take a look back at our National Honey Month blog post for even more buzz-worthy recipes.

Celebrate bees year-round with a visit to Bee Cave, Texas.

Meet the rooftop bees at the Chase Park Plaza.

Looking for more cocktail recipes? Click here for Sonesta #liquidart.

Why celebrate World Honeybee Day? Read below from the National Day Calendar:

World Honey Bee Day on the third Saturday in August brings a buzzing celebration for beekeepers, honey lovers, and all blooming things. The day recognizes both the honey bee and the beekeepers who tend the hives. It also encourages everyone to enjoy and buy locally grown honey.

Another important part of the day includes learning about honey bees and providing them with a supportive environment. When we plant wildflowers, orchards, and other flowering plants, we support pollinators such as honey bees. They depend on the nectar of a variety of plants for their survival. Conversely, we depend on honeybees for our survival, too! Without their pollinating abilities, many nutritious plants wouldn’t reproduce.