4 Refreshing Drinks Made for Saint Tropez Vacationing
Sun-bleached bombshell Brigitte Bardot launched herself into international stardom after her breakout role in And God Created Woman, shot in Saint-Tropez in 1956. The film helped transform that Mediterranean fishing village into a sexually-emancipated jet-set playground, forever linked to B.B., as she soon became known to the locals.
Recently a Champagne house sharing her iconic initials—Besserat de Bellefon—launched an homage to that original queen of Saint-Tropez, who has been a resident of the region for decades. Its Cuvée Brigitte Bardot, a collaboration with the starlet, channels her “sex kitten,” paparazzi-hunted prime.
The beautiful, elegant bubbly is just what I might have sipped, once upon a time, on my Saint-Tropez adventures—back when the Belgian baron who would become my husband wined and dined me there. The coastal town remains a place of iconic establishments and time-warp traditions. Wherever you find yourself this summer, conjure the spirit of the hotspots along the Côte d’Azur with your own Saint-Tropez-style libations.
The Drink: Côte d’Azur Rosé
The bottle: Château Minuty has been produced on the Saint-Tropez peninsula since the 1930s. Try the playful M de Minuty ($21) encased in a bowling-pin bottle, with its beautiful peach and candied-orange notes. The more premium Rose et Or ($40) has intense citrus and white floral flavors. Or opt for the top-of-the-line Minuty 281 ($79), a prestige cuvée in a striking blue bottle, made from old vine Grenache, with hints of melon and peach.
Will transport you to: A languid lunch at Club 55 on Saint-Tropez’s famous Pampelonne beach—still the hottest beach club in the world when it comes to celebrity sightings. On every table, you’ll find chilled rosé. The original wooden boat featured in And God Created Woman encircles the snack bar.
The Drink: Champagne á la Piscine
The bottle: À la piscine translates to “by the pool” and signifies a casual Saint-Tropez–style of enjoying Champagne under the summer sun—served on the rocks in wine goblets. Moët & Chandon created two cuvées specifically crafted to be poured over ice. The Moët Ice Impérial ($59) has refreshing pineapple, litchi and honey notes, while the Ice Impérial Rosé ($59) tastes of sweet red berries. Both are demi-secs, meaning they hold their rich flavor as the ice melts.
Will transport you to: The famed Hotel Epi 1959, a ’60s-themed haunt steps from Pampelonne beach with old photos of Alain Delon on display. Drink your iced Champagne by the pool on one of the hotel’s plush daybeds.
The Drink: Pastis
The bottle: The classic anise apéritif is as iconic as Brigitte Bardot in Saint-Tropez. The potent French afternoon sipper, less of a knockout than the once-outlawed absinthe, is best enjoyed diluted with cool water at a ratio of 1 to 5 parts. Pernod ($33) and its more full-bodied, storied sibling Ricard ($33), which was prohibited during the 1940s by the Vichy regime, remain the standard-bearers.
Will transport you to: Sénéquier Café, the prime people and yacht watching spot along the port known for its distinctive red awnings. Yachtsmen, from the big boats parked out front, often pop in here for an afternoon pastis.
The Drink: Prestige Cuvée Champagne
The bottle: To celebrate in the highest style, bring on Besserat de Bellefon’s Brigitte Bardot Cuvée ($299), presented in a glittering gold bottle. This is the newest release from one of the oldest Champagne houses in Épernay, founded in 1843. Its more accessibly priced Bleu Brut ($60) features ripe fruit and beautiful spice and minerality; and its lovely Blanc de Blancs ($90) has yellow plum and brioche notes and a Brut Rosé ($80) with hints of tart cherry, spicy red fruits and oranges.
Will transport you to: A blowout night at Les Caves Du Roy, for more than 50 years the town’s most glittery nightclub, tucked into the famous Hotel Byblos. Pop open the bubbly and start dancing on tables.