Makes about 1 1/2 cups
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
6 strawberries, sliced (optional)
1. Bring water, sugar, and, if desired, strawberries to a boil in a saucepan, stirring until sugar dissolves; boil 1 minute. Remove from heat. If necessary, pour syrup through a wire-mesh strainer into a bowl, discarding fruit; cool.