Bees in the hive 9-17-2013

The Bee’s Knees

Two Late Summer Cocktails

Oh, we know. Labor Day’s come and gone and you’ve already packed up your seersucker and madras. Even though the sartorial end of Summer has passed, it’s still warm enough to enjoy the fruits of the season.

Take summer cocktails for example.

Our friends at the Waldorf in NYC recently sponsored a friendly competition with their sister hotel, the Grand Wailea (from some other island called Hawaii), pitting honey harvested at each hotel against one another. One of the rounds featured cocktails, containing the prized nectar.

We managed to snag the recipes for the two featured cocktails (you’re welcome).

Waldorf Astoria vs. Grand Wailea

Waldorf Astoria Wax Poetic

Created By Frank Caiafa

  • 2.5 oz. Zubrowka Bison Grass Vodka
  • .75 oz. house made Top of the Waldorf Honey syrup (one half honey / one half hot water)
  • .75 fresh lemon juice

Add ingredients over ice and shake.  Strain into chilled martini glass with a blade of Bison grass garnish


Grand Wailea Beehave

  • 1 dash Grand Wailea Honey
  • 1/2 oz. Barenjager Honey Liqueur
  • 1 oz. Ocean Vodka
  • 2 oz. Pineapple Juice
  • 1 1/2 oz. Lemonade
  • 2-3 Mint Leaves

Add all ingredients plus cubed ice into shaker, pinching the mints leaves prior to adding. Shake vigorously and pour into rimmed glass. Top with Grand Wailea logo wooden honey dipper and orchid.


While we’re biased for the home team, we’re sure you’ll enjoy both.

Let us know which one is your favorite. The Waldorf and the Grand Wailea have both generously donated a several jars of their prized honey for our readers. We’ll be selecting a few of you who comment below to receive one of these treasures.

TAGS: Bees | Brooks Brothers | Cocktails | Honey | Summer | Waldorf Astoria

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    Joshua Robert Kane
    I have to agree- the home team came in with the win! I really enjoy these drinks as they make it seem as though summer never ended. Hopefully, I'll get to use some of this honey to make the drinks on my own! Best,
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    I'd have to say I wouldn't turn down either!! But I think the Grand Wailea Beehave has it going on. I'm a big fan of honey so thank you for bringing these drinks into my life!
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    Actually I think it's pretty close... Honey in any way is delicious.
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    Rob Scolari
    Hey now, we are ALL the home team. Any town that has a Brooks Brothers store is my kind of town.
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    Waldorf all the way! Simple, stylish and elegant. Just like the editor! Now, about that honey...
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