How to Make It
Hull and slice strawberries, if using; place in a medium bowl.
Slicing bigger berries speeds up maceration--liquids will release faster.
Add remaining ingredients, stirring gently to combine. Let stand for 20 minutes or until mixture is syrupy, gently stirring occasionally. Sugar, lime, and gin soften and preserve the berries while extracting their natural juices to become a syrupy sauce.
If desired, refrigerate and continue to macerate for up to 4 hours. Delicate raspberries and strawberries can oversoften, so macerate them only a few hours. Thick-skinned berries like blueberries can go overnight.