In a bar tin, muddle 4 (1-inch) segments fresh watermelon (or substitute fresh watermelon juice), add lime juice and vodka. Add ice, shake well and double strain into a cocktail coupe or flute. Top with sparkling wine and garnish with sunflower petals. Makes 1 drink.
For a full pitcher of The Brosé, blend seedless watermelon flesh in a blender and fine-strain through cheesecloth. Fill a pitcher with ice, add 6 ounces vodka, 6 ounces watermelon juice, 1½ ounces of fresh lime juice and top with 12 ounces sparkling white wine (see above) and stir with a long spoon. Strain into cocktail glasses or over fresh ice into rocks glasses. Garnish each drink individually with sunflower petals. Makes 6 drinks.
Willa Van Nostrand, Little Bitte Artisanal Cocktails, Providence